Education & Innovation Excellence- since 1999 -

50 Charlton Ave E,
Rm T2141
Hamilton, Ontario
L8N 4A6

P  905.522.1155 x 35144
F  905.521.6194

Education & Innovation Excellence- since 1999 -

About Us

Dr. Mehran Anvari, founding Director of CMAS, is world renown for his experience in, and contributions to, the field of laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Anvari is a Professor of McMaster University’s Department of Surgery, Chair in Minimal Access Surgery and Surgical Innovation and conducts his clinical practice at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

The Centre for Minimal Access Surgery continues to improve and increase the scope of clinical care available to Canadians. Already setting standards for laparoscopy in gastro-intestinal, urology and gynecology surgery, CMAS doctors are forging ahead and performing leading edge laparoscopic surgeries in orthopedics, cardiac, plastics and thoracic. CMAS is continually incorporating the latest technology into improving and expanding our role in providing modern, safe and effective laparoscopic surgery to our patients, and into teaching and mentoring for surgeons in North America and around the world.

CMAS is now expanding into the emerging field of robotic and telerobotic surgery and looks forward to a bright future working towards providing education in these leading edge techniques for surgical professionals and ultimately better patient care.

The Centre runs approximately 30 educational events per year to train surgeons, fellows, surgical residents, nurses and medical students in the latest techniques of minimal access surgery. These events include laparoscopic training in colon urgery, bariatric surgery, urology and gynecological surgery. In 2013, we introduced an Annual Fellows Bootcamp Program, and in March 2014 a Basic Therapeutic Principles of Endoscopy course was offered to the Residents. The Centre also offers preceptorships and mentoring / telementoring programs to community surgeons who wish to continue their training in these areas.

As of 2013, our centre is an official FLS Testing Centre. Surgical residents, clinical Fellows and practicing surgeons from across Canada (and USA) are welcome to register online and complete their FLS Certification at our Hamilton centre. FLS offers surgeons the opportunity to assess and document their own knowledge and skills.

The CMAS faculty also provide mentoring and telementoring programs designed to assist surgeons in adopting these innovative techniques. Understanding the issues related to wait times, especially involving timely access to cancer care, CMAS and its faculty have partnered with Cancer Care Ontario to provide mentoring and telementoring to community surgeons in Niagara Falls, St. Catherine’s, Sarnia and Thunder Bay in laparoscopic colon surgery.