• Webber, Eric


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Associate Professor & Assistant Postgraduate Dean, Department of Surgery, University of British Columbia

    Degrees / Designations
    Primary Area of Research
    Evidence to Innovation
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    604-875-4111 ext. 69371
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address

    BC Children's Hospital
    Room K0-123
    4480 Oak Street
    Vancouver BC, V6H 3V4

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Post-graduate medical education
    • Pediatric gastric surgery
    • Delivery of healthcare services
    • Hepatology

    I have endeavoured to provide mentorship to medical students at UBC, and particularly to foster students who are interested in surgical careers.  For all of my time at UBC I have participated in the undergraduate mentor program, serving as a designated mentor for eight medical students.  From 1999 to 2001 I organized and supervised the “OR Lounge”, a series of informal evening talks about surgical careers for first and second year medical students. I also assigned all first year students to spend a day with a surgeon in the operating room. In addition I offer students the opportunity to spend time with me in the operating room during the week and on weekends when I am on call. 

    In addition to my academic activities I maintain a clinical practice in pediatric general surgery at BC Children’s Hospital. This includes both elective and emergency referrals of babies and children from across the province, including on call coverage on a one in four basis.

    I am committed to sharing surgical knowledge with physicians throughout the world.  I have worked as a surgeon and teacher in Sri Lanka, China and Uganda. My work in Gulu, a community in northern Uganda, was part of a pilot project by the Canadian Association of General Surgeons to develop a site where interested Canadian surgeons could work on an ongoing basis to help provide surgical service and education to the local medical community.

    Current Projects

    As Assistant Dean in Postgraduate Medicine I have played a central role in planning the doubling of the number of residents at UBC (as outlined in a 2008 publication in the BC Medical Journal). Currently there are about 230 new residents per year. I am also involved in working with residency programs and distributed training sites to foster resident rotations throughout the province. I recently published a paper with Drs. Rungta and Sivertz (the two Associate Deans) on our experience thus far with resident distribution. Finally, I am leading an initiative to develop a strategy for the Faculty of Medicine around patient simulation in medical education and evaluation.

    Selected Publications

    Mills JLA, Konkin DE, Milner R, Penner JG, Langer M, Webber EM.  Long-term bowel function and quality of life in children with Hirschsprung’s disease.  J Pediatr Surg. 2008;43:899-905.  Project supervisor, conceived of project, co-author 

    Webber E, Rungta K, Sivertz K.  Expansion of Postgraduate Medical Education.  BC Med J. 2008;50:382-385.  Principal author, wrote manuscript

    Leonor R, Jacobson K, Pinsk V, Webber E, Lemberg DA:  Surgical Intervention in Children with Crohn Disease.  International Journal of Colorectal Disease.  Int J Colorectal Dis. 2007 22:1037-41.  Co-author 

    Melck AL, Webber EM, Sidhu RS.  Resident continuity of care experience: a casualty of current healthcare delivery, not work hour restrictions.  Am J Surg. 2007 Feb;193(2):243-7.  Co-author 

    Doyle J, Webber EM, Sidhu RS.  A universal global rating scale in the evaluation of of technical skills in the operating room.  Am J Surg 2007, 193(5): 551-5.  Co-author 

    Boutros J, Sekhon MS, Webber EM, Sidhu RS.  Vascular surgery training, exposure, and knowledge during general surgery residency: implications for the future. Am J Surg. 2007;193:561-6  Co-author 

    Jawaid W, Abdalwahab A, Blair GK, Skarsgard ED, Webber EM: Outcomes of pyloroplasty and pyloric dilation in children diagnosed with non-obstructive delayed gastric emptying.  J Pediatr Surg. 2006;4: 2059-61.  Co-author 

    Harrison A, Dauphinee D, Leddin D, Lieff S, Razack S, Sweezey N, Webber E:  Report of the CanMEDS Manager Working Group. In Frank J, Jabbour M et al. eds.  Report of the CanMEDS Phase IV Working Groups.  Ottawa: The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 2005.  Co-author 

    Zamakhshary M, Jamal J, Blair GK, Murphy JJ, Webber EM, Skarsgard ED:  Laparoscopic vs percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube insertion: a new pediatric gold standard?  J Pediatr Surg 2005; 40: 859-862.  Co-author 

    McLeod RS, Webber E: Canadian Association of General Surgeons evidence based reviews in surgery. 11. Evidence-based guidelines for children with isolated spleen or liver injury.  Can J Surg 2004;47(6):458-60.  Co-author, principal author for the clinical portion of the paper

    Honours & Awards

    Children’s and Women’s Health Centre Family Centred Care Award - 2005

    Children’s and Women’s Health Centre Family Centred Care Award - 2004

    Holubitsky Prize: top graduating resident in the Department of Surgery, University of British Columbia - 1994

    Thompson Award: top graduating resident in General Surgery, University of British Columbia - 1994

    Gangbar Memorial Prize for highest standing in Hematology, University of Toronto - 1986

    Dr. C.S. Wainwright Memorial Scholarship, University of Toronto - 1986

    Research Group Members