Specialty

General surgery

Areas of Interest

Laparoscopic Surgery
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Esophageal Physiology and Reflux Disease

Language

English
German (limited)
French (limited)
Italian (limited)

Note 

For patients:

Please ask your family doctor for a referral.

For referring physicians:

Please phone (250-545-2288) for any cancer referrals.

For non-urgent referrals, please fax to 250-545-2781 and include:

• patient's name
• patient's birth day
• patient's PHN
• patient's home and cell phone number
• the referring physician and MSP#
• all relevant investigations
• a list of patient medications

Resume / CV

Training:

1996-2000 Doctor of Medicine, UBC
2000-2006 Six year General Surgery Post-graduate training program, UBC, including the following sub-specialty training:

minimally invasive surgery, Vancouver General Hospital (VGH)
hepatic-pancreatic-biliary surgery, VGH
thoracic surgery, VGH
vascular surgery and pacemakers, Royal Columbian Hospital
colorectal and endocrine surgery, St Paul's Hospital
breast surgery, Mt St Joseph's Hospital
trauma surgery, VGH
esophageal manometry, Dr Sunny Dong in Burnaby

Professional experience:

2016-present Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC Faculty of Medicine
2013-present General Surgeon, Okanagan Health Surgical Centre, Kelowna BC
2007-2016 Clinical Instructor, UBC Faculty of Medicine
2006-present General Surgeon, Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Vernon BC
2002-2006 Clinical Assistant, Royal Columbian Hospital Intensive Care Unit, New Westminster BC

Qualifications and Affiliations:

Section Head, Community General Surgery, UBC Division of General Surgery
Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept of Surgery, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
Specialist Certificate in General Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
President, BC Surgical Society 2011-12
Member, College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
Member, Canadian Association of General Surgeons
Member, British Columbia Medical Association
Member, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Awards:

UBC Dept of Surgery Postgraduate Training Best Resident Teacher, 2006
UBC FB Thomson Award for Outstanding Clinical General Surgeon, 2006
CAGS / Tyco Canada Resident Award for Teaching Excellence, 2005
Resident Research Prize, BC Surgical Society Spring Meeting, May 2005
Best clinical paper, General Surgery Resident Research Day, April 2004
The UBC Alma Mater Society 'Just Desserts' Award for service to the students of Medicine, 1998
UBC Science Scholar, 1995


Selected Publications:

J Reid, B Chai, L Petersen, H Hwang. Improved patient care and cost savings after rapid access to endoscopy initiated at a community hospital. British Columbia Medical Journal. 2017; 59(5): 258-263.
H Hwang. Electronic wound monitoring after ambulatory breast cancer surgery: Improving patient care and satisfaction using a smart phone app. British Columbia Medical Journal. 2016; 58(8): 448-453.
JR Farquhar, R Orfaly, M Dickeson, D Lazare, K Wing, H Hwang. Quantifying a care gap in BC: Caring for surgical patients with a body mass index higher than 30. British Columbia Medical Journal. 2016; 58(8): 310-314.
H Hwang, A Barton. Computer randomized scheduling for general surgery: A novel tool for resource sharing at two regional hospitals in British Columbia. British Columbia Medical Journal. 2016; 58(1): 19-24.
T Chan, H Hwang, AA Karimuddin. Wait times for general surgery in BC: Moving beyond measurement. British Columbia Medical Journal. 2015; 57(8): 341-348.
H Hwang, I Marsh, J Doyle. Does ultrasonography accurately diagnose acute cholecystitis? Improving diagnostic accuracy based on a review at a regional hospital. Canadian Journal of Surgery. 2014; 57(3): 162-168.
H Hwang, AA Karimuddin. Dividing the pie into smaller slices: A qualitative and quantitative analysis of the general surgery workforce in British Columbia, 1992–2012. British Columbia Medical Journal. 2013; 55(1): 26-32.
J Forbes, N Fry, H Hwang, AA Karimuddin. Timing of return to work after hernia repair: Recommendations based on a literature review. British Columbia Medical Journal. 2012; 54(7): 341-345.
H Hwang. Emergency presentation of colorectal cancer at a regional hospital: An alarming trend? British Columbia Medical Journal. 2012; 54(2): 91-95.
H Hwang. Quality of life and surgical outcomes following laparoscopic surgery for refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease in a regional hospital. Canadian Journal of Surgery. 2012; 55(1): 41-45.
H Hwang, K Wiseman. Excellent outcomes after establishing laparoscopic colon surgery in a non­academic regional hospital. British Columbia Medical Journal. 2009; 51(51): 390.
H Hwang. Does general surgery residency prepare surgeons for community practice in British Columbia? Canadian Journal of Surgery. 2009; 52(3): 196-200.
H Hwang, J Doyle, B Chai. Incidental malignant carcinoid within Crohn ileitis. Canadian Journal of Surgery. 2009; 52(3): 255.
J Smith, H Hwang, K Wiseman, D Filipenko, PT Phang. Ex vivo sentinel lymph node mapping for colon cancer: improving the accuracy of pathologic staging. American Journal of Surgery. 2006; 191:665-668.
H Hwang, J Lim, C Kinnaird, AG Nagy, ONM Panton, AJ Hodgson, KA Qayumi. Correlating motor performance with surgical error in laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Surgical Endoscopy. 2006; 20:651-655.
H Hwang, LJ Turner, NP Blair. Examining the learning curve of laparoscopic fundoplications at an urban community hospital. American Journal of Surgery. 2005; 189(5):522-526.

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