My research areas reflect my main clinical practice sub-specialities. I have three main areas of research focus including brachial plexus injuries in infants; burns in children and adolescents; and the reconstruction procedures of the cleft lip and palate.
I am interested in how well children function and recover after a surgical procedure. Because children come to me for treatment from all over the province, I have a representative sample of patients from which to draw meaningful conclusions in my research endeavors. As well, I have a strong trainee component to my research and ensure that all appropriate projects have a medical student, resident or fellow involved.
Pediatric Burns from Glass-Fronted Fireplaces in Canada: A Growing Issue Over the Past 20 Years.
Toor J and Crain J and Kelly C and Verchere C and Fish J
Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons Societe Canadienne des Chirurgiens Plasticiens.
Tredget E and Clarke: H and Taylor C
Minor surgery procedures: A retrospective review and prospective survey in a pediatric population.
Chan E and Bucevska M and Verchere C
Additional post-natal diagnoses following antenatal diagnosis of isolated cleft lip +/- palate.
Burnell L and Verchere C and Pugash D and Loock C and Robertson S and Lehman A
Microtia Reconstruction and Postsurgical Grisel's Syndrome: A Rare Cause of Torticollis in a Child.
Wang JC and Malic C and Reilly C and Verchere C
An early shoulder repositioning program in birth-related brachial plexus injury: a pilot study of the Sup-ER protocol.
Verchere C and Durlacher K and Bellows D and Pike J and Bucevska M
Inpatient silver sulphadiazine versus outpatient nanocrystalline silver models of care for pediatric scald burns: A value analysis.
Malic C and Verchere C and Arneja JS
Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons Societe Canadienne des Chirurgiens Plasticiens: Abstracts presented at the 67th Annual Meeting / 67e Reunion annuelle, May 28 – June 1, 2013, Calgary, Alberta.
Ross D and Callaghan WB and Campbell E
Reconstructive or cosmetic plastic surgery? Factors influencing the type of practice established by Canadian plastic surgeons.
McInnes CW and Courtemanche DJ and Verchere CG and Bush KL and Arneja JS
Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons/Societe Canadienne des Chirurgiens Plasticiens: Abstracts presented at the 66th Annual Meeting / 66e Reunion annuelle June 5–9, 2012, Toronto, Ontario.
Bortoluzzi P and Ross D and Anastakis D
Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons Societe Canadienne des Chirurgiens Plasticiens: Abstracts presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting / 63 Reunion annuelle June 16-20, 2009, Kelowna, British Columbia.
Thoma A and Paletz J and Williamson S
The 'dirty lip' trick.
Jones NW and Verchere C
Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons Societe Canadienne des Chirurgiens Plasticiens: Abstracts presented at the 62nd Annual Meeting / 62e Reunion annuelle June 24 – 28 2008, St John’s, Newfoundland.
Wilkes G and Thoma A and Rideout A
Healing at home: Comparing cohorts of children with medium-sized burns treated as outpatients with in-hospital applied Acticoat to those children treated as inpatients with silver sulfadiazine.
Peters DA and Verchere C
Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons Societe Canadienne des Chirurgiens Plasticiens: Abstracts presented at the 57th Annual Meeting/57e Reunion annuelle June 25–28 juin, Whistler, British Columbia.
Caouette-Laberge L and Lobay G and Rai DK
The effect on facial growth of pediatric mandibular fractures.
Demianczuk AN and Verchere C and Phillips JH
The use of Sup-ER Splints to Improve Shoulder External Rotation in Children with Brachial Plexus Injuries
Kim Durlacher, BScOT, is an Occupational Therapist in the Department of Rehabilitation Therapy who has devised a special splinting technique to improve the range of motion of infants with brachial plexus birth palsies. This splint encourages the proper placement of the child's affect arm in supination and external rotation.
Brachial Plexus Birth Palsies
The brachial plexus is a group of nerves that originate in the spinal cord and branch out towards the hands of each arm. During labour, sometimes the infant will become trapped behind the mother’s pubic bones or the doctor needs to assist with the delivery by pulling on the infant’s arm or head. This can lead to tearing of the nerves of the brachial plexus and will result in an arm that is paralyzed with poor circulation. This is called a brachial plexus birth palsy and can range from mild to severe. Children with severe brachial plexus birth palsies can have serious long term side effects such as an increased risk of injury, burns to the affected arm or long term pain.
Teaching Practices among Cleft Lip and Palate Surgeons in North America
Previous studies have suggested that success rates after cleft lip and palate surgery correlates with experience of the operating surgeon. It is also well known that poor outcomes and complications of cleft palate surgery, such as fistula can have profound, permanent effects on a child’s speech. This has led to controversy about whether or not resident trainees should be performing cleft lip and palate procedures. The overall purpose of this study was to obtain information on the current teaching practices and opinions amongst North American cleft surgeons. One hundred and fifty cleft lip and palate surgeons from across North America were surveyed and the results of this study will be published in a peer-review medical journal.Honours & Awards
BC Children’s Hospital Excellence in Education Award (Production of Burn Unit Video), 2005Research Group Members
Rebecca Courtemanche, Clinical Research Coordinator
Norine Mayede, Administrative Assistant, Division of Plastic Surgery
Milica Radosavljevic, Research Volunteer
Dr. Cynthia Verchere is a pediatric plastic surgeon and clinical researcher at BC Children's Hospital. Here she shares a bit of her journey, along with some thoughts for women considering careers in medicine.