• Blair, Geoffrey


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Clinical Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of British Columbia
    Director, UBC Undergraduate Surgical Education at BC Children's Hospital

    Degrees / Designations
    Primary Area of Research
    Evidence to Innovation
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address

    BC Children's Hospital
    Room K0-106
    4480 Oak Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Clinical Research
    • Esophageal atresia
    • Portfolio-based assessment in pediatric surgery

    Being a pediatric general surgeon, I take seriously the need for clinical investigation in the field of surgery. I pursue topics related to congenital anomalies, thyroid surgery, and pediatric surgical oncology. In addition, since assuming the position of Chief of Surgery in 2001, I have a special interest in the access of surgical care for children. Therefore, I also conduct research into minimizing waitlists and improving quality of care.

    At BC Children's Hospital, we’ve been training pediatric general surgeons since 1986. I’ve been the Program Director for our site since 1993, and the Chief Examiner of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons since 2001. With the constant evolution of better surgical methods, I’m concerned that older models of training and surgical resident assessment are not applicable to the current delivery of health care. Therefore, I’m enthusiastically engaged in educational research projects looking at pedagogical tools, such as "portfolio" based methods, to enhance learning and evaluation.

    Current Projects
    • Surgical Wait List Simulation Model
    • Portfolio-based learning and evaluation
    • Thyroid surgery
    • Esophageal atresia
    Selected Publications

    Boutros J, Bond M, Beaudry P, Blair GK, Skarsgard ED.: Case selection in minimally invasive surgical treatment of neuroblastoma. Pediatr Surg Int. 2008 Oct;24(10):1177-80.

    Heran MK, Baird R, Blair GK, Skarsgard ED.: Topical mitomycin-C for recalcitrant esophageal strictures: a novel endoscopic/fluoroscopic technique for safe endoluminal delivery. J Pediatr Surg. 2008 May;43(5):815-8. 

    Konkin D, Blair GK. Esophageal Atresia with or without Tracheosophageal Fistula. eMedJ, Vol 4, No 7, July 2003.

    Ramaswamy K, Jamieson DH, Blair GK, Israel DM. Quiz. Rectal mucocele. J Pediatr Gastgroenterol Nutr 36:104,125,2003

    McCollum MO, Macneily AE, Blair GK. Surgical implications of urachal remnants: Presentation and management. J Pediatr Surg 2003, May;38(5):798-803.

    Mahabir RC, Christensen B, Blair GK, Fitszpatrick DC. Avoiding stitch abscesses in subcuticular skin closures: the L-stitch. Can J Surg 46: 223-4, 2003.

    Konkin DE, O'Hali WA, Webber EM, Blair GK. Outcomes in esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula. J Pediatr Surg 38: 1726-9, 2003

    Skarsgard ED, Blair GK, Lee SK. Toward evidence-based best practices in neonatal surgical-I: The Canadian NICU Network. J Pediatr Surg. 2003 May;38(5):672-7.

    Honours & Awards

    H. Rocke Robertson Award for Undergraduate Teaching – 2004
    Department of Pediatrics' Service of the Year – 2001

    Research Group Members

    Dr. Sonia Butterworth – Subspecialty Resident, Pediatric General Surgery
    Dr. Ahmed Abdalwahab – Subspecialty Resident, Pediatric General Surgery
    Mr. Damian Duffy – Managing Director, Office of Pediatric Surgical Evaluation and Innovation