A major focus of my research is the short and long term functional outcomes following neonatal treatment of structural birth defects. Study of these rare and complex birth defects has been facilitated by the Canadian Pediatric Surgery Network (CAPSNET) and Data Registry. Founded in 2006 with CIHR operating grant support, and maintained continuously since with CIHR funding, CAPSNet has enabed the publication of >40 peer reviewed manuscripts. Recent knowledge translation efforts of the Network have focused on practice standardization for gastroschisis and congenital diaphragmatic hernia using available best practice evidence. CAPSNet’s Annual Report provides benchmarked, risk-adjusted outcomes data for each of its 17 participant centres, which are used to guide site-based targeted practice improvement.

The recently completed Secondary Analysis of Databases project combined CAPSNet data with vital statistics data (Stats Canada) to make first time observations of the epidemiology of gastroschisis in Canada, including maternal, environmental and sociodemographic risk factors. Using spatial mapping techniques, we have made observations of significant geographic variation in the incidence of gastroschisis, which points to other possible mechanisms of environmental causation requiring further study.

Surgical Quality and Safety:

One of our greatest opportunities for surgical outcome improvement lies in the use of high quality patient level data to recognize and enable surgical outcome variation as a driver of continuous quality improvement. BC Children’s Hospital is currently the only Canadian Children’s Hospital participant in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) pediatric National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP). By collecting case data on selected surgical procedures, and through analysis of our risk-adjusted “performance” against the other 50 odd US children’s hospitals, we gain an awareness of where we have the greatest opportunities for outcome improvement. Using published evidence, and by analyzing our own risk predictors for occurrences, we can use the tools of implementation science to modify our processes and continually improve our surgical outcomes.


Understanding gastroschisis and its clinical management: where are we?
Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Candace Haddock, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1080/17474124.2018.1438890

Impact of Multidisciplinary Standardization of Care for Gastroschisis: Treatment, Outcomes, and Cost
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Candace Haddock, Al Ghalgya Al Maawali, Joseph Ting, Julie Bedford, Kourosh Afshar, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2018.02.013

The value of patient registries in advancing pediatric surgical care
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2018.02.003

The relationship between preoperative nutritional state and adverse outcome following abdominal and thoracic surgery in children: Results from the NSQIP database
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Abdullah Alshehri, Kourosh Afshar, Julie Bedford, Graeme Hintz, Erik D Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2018.02.008

Effectiveness and meaningful use of paediatric surgical safety checklists and their implementation strategies: a systematic review with narrative synthesis
BMJ Open
Janaka Lagoo, Steven R Lopushinsky, Alex B Haynes, Paul Bain, Helene Flageole, Erik D Skarsgard, Mary E Brindle
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016298

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia: The role of multi-institutional collaboration and patient registries in supporting best practice
Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
Pamela A. Lally, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1053/j.sempedsurg.2017.04.004

Outcome prediction in gastroschisis – The gastroschisis prognostic score (GPS) revisited
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Pramod S. Puligandla, Robert Baird, Eric D. Skarsgard, Sherif Emil, Jean-Martin Laberge
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2017.01.017

Staged closure of a giant omphalocele with amnion preservation, modified technique
Saudi Medical Journal
Akram Aljahdali, Hussah Al-Buainain, Erik Skarsgard
DOI: 10.15537/smj.2017.4.16240

Aggressive Surgical Management of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Worth the Effort?
Annals of Surgery
Matthew T. Harting, Laura Hollinger, Kuojen Tsao, Luke R. Putnam, Jay M. Wilson, Ronald B. Hirschl, Erik D. Skarsgard, Dick Tibboel, Mary E. Brindle, Pamela A. Lally, Charles C. Miller, Kevin P. Lally
DOI: 10.1097/sla.0000000000002144

Responsible Innovation in Children's Surgical Care.
DOI: 10.1542/peds.2016-3437
PubMed: 28025237

Splenic Disorders, Congenital Hemolytic Anemia, Splenectomy
Pediatric Surgery: Not a Textbook, Unbound Medicine

Management of gastroschisis
Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1097/mop.0000000000000336

Recommendations for surgical safety checklist use in Canadian children’s hospitals
Canadian Journal of Surgery
Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1503/cjs.016715

Spatial variability of gastroschisis in Canada, 2006-2011: An exploratory analysis
Can J Public Health
Kate L. Bassil, Junmin Yang, Laura Arbour, Rahim Moineddin, Mary E. Brindle, Emily Hazell, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.17269/cjph.107.5084

The Canadian Pediatric Surgery Network Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Evidence Review Project: Developing national guidelines for care
Paediatrics & Child Health
Pramod S Puligandla, Erik D Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1093/pch/21.4.183

Trauma center variation in the management of pediatric patients with blunt abdominal solid organ injury: a national trauma data bank analysis
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Arash Safavi, Erik D. Skarsgard, Peter Rhee, Bardiya Zangbar, Narong Kulvatunyou, Andrew Tang, Terence O’Keeffe, Randall S. Friese, Bellal Joseph
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2015.08.012

Gastrointestinal Surgery in Children
Surgery: Core Principles and International Practices

Delivery planning for pregnancies with gastroschisis: findings from a prospective national registry
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Alya Al-Kaff, Sarah C. MacDonald, Nancy Kent, Jason Burrows, Erik D. Skarsgard, Jennifer A. Hutcheon
DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2015.06.048

Maternal and community predictors of gastroschisis and congenital diaphragmatic hernia in Canada
Pediatric Surgery International
Farhana Shariff, Paul A. Peters, Laura Arbour, Margo Greenwood, Erik Skarsgard, Mary Brindle
DOI: 10.1007/s00383-015-3797-6

Innovating for quality and value: Utilizing national quality improvement programs to identify opportunities for responsible surgical innovation
Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
Russell K. Woo, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1053/j.sempedsurg.2015.02.013

Advances in the Surgical Treatment of Gastroschisis.
Surgical technology international
Safavi A, Skarsgard ED
PubMed: 26054989

Clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients with right congenital diaphragmatic hernia: A population-based study
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Catherine K. Beaumier, Alana L. Beres, Pramod S. Puligandla, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2015.02.027

Maternal risk factors for gastroschisis in CanadaRisk Factors for Gastroschisis in Canada
Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology
Erik D. Skarsgard, Christopher Meaney, Kate Bassil, Mary Brindle, Laura Arbour, Rahim Moineddin, the Canadian Pediatric Surgery Network (CAPSNet)
DOI: 10.1002/bdra.23349

A risk-stratified comparison of fascial versus flap closure techniques on the early outcomes of infants with gastroschisis
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Claudia N. Emami, Fouad Youssef, Robert J. Baird, Jean-Martin Laberge, Erik D. Skarsgard, Pramod S. Puligandla
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2014.10.009

The Canadian Pediatric Surgery Network (CAPSNet): Lessons Learned from a National Registry Devoted to the Study of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and Gastroschisis
European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Alison Butler, Pramod Puligandla, Erik Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1569477

ACS national surgical quality improvement program: Targeting quality improvement in Canadian pediatric surgery
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Erik D. Skarsgard, Julie Bedford, Tamara Chan, Simon Whyte, Kourosh Afshar
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2014.02.047

Practice variation in gastroschisis: Factors influencing closure technique
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Jennifer Stanger, Noosheen Mohajerani, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2014.02.066

Surgical site infections in infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Ilan Segal, Christine Kang, Susan G. Albersheim, Erik D. Skarsgard, Pascal M. Lavoie
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2013.08.001

Abstract 1: What's the Best Way to Allocate or Block Time? A Data Driven Approach to Departmental "Operations".
Plastic and reconstructive surgery
Arneja J, Goto J, Blair G, Gold L, Fitzsimmons B, Masterson J, Skarsgard E
DOI: 10.1097/01.prs.0000444914.31544.c4
PubMed: 25942112

Cystic Lung Lesions
): Essential Neonatology: A Practical Guide to Emergent Problems of the Newborn and Atlas of Management Approaches and Procedures

Outcomes of early versus late intestinal operations in patients with gastroschisis and intestinal atresia: Results from a prospective national database
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Abdullah Alshehri, Sherif Emil, Jean-Martin Laberge, Erik Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2013.04.003

Management of the base of the appendix in pediatric laparoscopic appendectomy: clip, ligate, or staple?
Surgical technology international
Langer M, Safavi A, Skarsgard ED
PubMed: 23975448

Use of safety scalpels and other safety practices to reduce sharps injury in the operating room: What is the evidence?
Canadian Journal of Surgery
Kristin DeGirolamo, Douglas Courtemanche, Warren Hill, Angie Kennedy, Erik Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1503/cjs.003812

Can we select fetuses with intra-abdominal calcification for delivery in neonatal surgical centres?
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Siham Zerhouni, Chantal Mayer, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2013.02.006

Effect of timing of enteral feeding on outcome in gastroschisis
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Akram Aljahdali, Noosheen Mohajerani, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2013.02.014

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) mortality without surgical repair? A plea to clarify surgical ineligibility
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Marnie Goodwin Wilson, Alana Beres, Robert Baird, Jean-Martin Laberge, Erik D. Skarsgard, Pramod S. Puligandla
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2013.02.009

Does operative experience during residency correlate with reported competency of recent general surgery graduates?
Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie
Safavi A, Lai S, Butterworth S, Hameed M, Schiller D, Skarsgard E
DOI: 10.1503/cjs.020811
PubMed: 22854144

The gastroschisis prognostic score: reliable outcome prediction in gastroschisis
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Kyle N. Cowan, Pramod S. Puligandla, Jean-Martin Laberge, Erik D. Skarsgard, Sarah Bouchard, Natalie Yanchar, Peter Kim, Shoo Lee, Douglas McMillan, Peter von Dadelszen
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2012.03.010

Multi-institutional follow-up of patients with congenital diaphragmatic hernia reveals severe disability and variations in practice
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Arash Safavi, Anne R. Synnes, Karel O'Brien, Monping Chiang, Erik D. Skarsgard, Priscilla P.L. Chiu
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2012.01.032

Transscapular Microcoil Lung Nodule Localization
Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Bippan S. Sangha, Erik D. Skarsgard, Manraj K.S. Heran
DOI: 10.1016/j.jvir.2011.12.012

Chylothorax after congenital diaphragmatic hernia repair: a population-based study
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Jessica Mills, Arash Safavi, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2012.01.031

Associated malformations and the “hidden mortality” of gastroschisis
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Javed Akhtar, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2012.01.044

Bowel-defect disproportion in gastroschisis: does the need to extend the fascial defect predict outcome?
Pediatric Surgery International
Arash Safavi, Erik Skarsgard, Sonia Butterworth
DOI: 10.1007/s00383-012-3055-0

Endoloop versus endostapler closure of the appendiceal stump in pediatric laparoscopic appendectomy
Canadian Journal of Surgery
Arash Safavi, Monica Langer, Erik Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1503/cjs.023810

Prediction of Pediatric Outcome after Prenatal Diagnosis and Expectant Antenatal Management of Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation
Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Paul J. Yong, Peter Von Dadelszen, Daniela Carpara, Ken Lim, Nancy Kent, Francine Tessier, Marie-France Delisle, Titus Wong, Geoffrey Blair, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1159/000331936

Preclosure Fluid Resuscitation Influences Outcome in Gastroschisis
American Journal of Perinatology
Leigh Jansen, Arash Safavi, Yi Lin, Ying MacNab, Erik Skarsgard, the Canadian Pediatric Surgery Network (CAPSNet)
DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1295639

Lung nodules in children: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgical resection after computed tomography–guided localization using a microcoil
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Manraj K.S. Heran, Bippan S. Sangha, John R. Mayo, Geoffrey Blair, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2011.02.043

Novel use of F-DOPA PET/CT imaging in a child with paraganglioma/pheochromocytoma syndrome
Pediatric Radiology
Daniel S. Levine, Daniel L. Metzger, Helen R. Nadel, Angelica Oviedo, Michael J. Adam, Erik Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1007/s00247-011-2109-0

Institutional practice and outcome variation in the management of congenital diaphragmatic hernia and gastroschisis in Canada: a report from the Canadian Pediatric Surgery Network
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Robert Baird, Gareth Eeson, Arash Safavi, Pramod Puligandla, Jean-Martin Laberge, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2011.02.008

Patch repair is an independent predictor of morbidity and mortality in congenital diaphragmatic hernia
Pediatric Surgery International
M. E. Brindle, and the Canadian Pediatric Surgery Network (CAPSNet), M. Brar, E. D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1007/s00383-011-2925-1

In Utero Gene Delivery Using Chitosan-DNA Nanoparticles in Mice
Journal of Surgical Research
Patrick T. Yang, Lien Hoang, William W. Jia, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2010.05.039

Infectious complications in the management of gastroschisis
Pediatric Surgery International
Robert Baird, The Canadian Pediatric Surgical Network, Pramod Puligandla, Erik Skarsgard, Jean-Martin Laberge
DOI: 10.1007/s00383-011-3038-6

Does pre-biopsy contrast enema delay the diagnosis of long segment Hirschsprung's disease?
European journal of pediatric surgery : official journal of Austrian Association of Pediatric Surgery ... [et al] = Zeitschrift fur Kinderchirurgie
Chen JZ, Jamieson DH, Skarsgard ED
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1262842
PubMed: 20954107

Impact of target blood gases on outcome in congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH).
European journal of pediatric surgery : official journal of Austrian Association of Pediatric Surgery ... [et al] = Zeitschrift fur Kinderchirurgie
Brindle ME, Ma IW, Skarsgard ED
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1253405
PubMed: 20509108

Perinatal predictors of outcome in gastroschisis
Journal of Perinatology
J A Mills, the Canadian Pediatric Surgery Network, Y Lin, Y C MacNab, E D Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1038/jp.2010.43

Telephone and web-based pediatric day surgery questionnaires
International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
Erica Amari, Christine Vandebeek, Carolyne J. Montgomery, Erik Skarsgard, J. Mark Ansermino
DOI: 10.1108/09526861011029398

Perinatal management of congenital diaphragmatic hernia: when and how should babies be delivered? Results from the Canadian Pediatric Surgery Network
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Arash Safavi, Yi Lin, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2010.08.026

Does general surgery residency training provide competence in community-based pediatric surgery?
Canadian Journal of Surgery
Skarsgard ED
PubMed: 19865569

Does Overnight Birth Influence Treatment or Outcome in Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia?
American Journal of Perinatology
Jessica Mills, Yi Lin, Ying MacNab, Erik Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1241741

Managing the adverse event occurring during elective, ambulatory pediatric surgery
Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1053/j.sempedsurg.2009.02.013

Is timing everything? The influence of gestational age, birth weight, route, and intent of delivery on outcome in gastroschisis
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
John Boutros, Michael Regier, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2009.01.026

Effect of hospital case volume on outcome in congenital diaphragmatic hernia: the experience of the Canadian Pediatric Surgery Network
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Jeremy R. Grushka, Jean-Martin Laberge, Pramod Puligandla, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2009.01.023

Evolutionary concepts in biobanking - the BC BioLibrary.
Journal of translational medicine
Watson PH, Wilson-McManus JE, Barnes RO, Giesz SC, Png A, Hegele RG, Brinkman JN, Mackenzie IR, Huntsman DG, Junker A, Gilks B, Skarsgard E, McManus BM
DOI: 10.1186/1479-5876-7-95
PubMed: 19909513

Abdominal compartment syndrome complicating paediatric extracorporeal life support: diagnostic and therapeutic challenges.
Anaesthesia and intensive care
Lam MC, Yang PT, Skippen PW, Kissoon N, Skarsgard ED
PubMed: 18853595

Case selection in minimally invasive surgical treatment of neuroblastoma
Pediatric Surgery International
John Boutros, Mason Bond, Paul Beaudry, Geoffrey K. Blair, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1007/s00383-008-2240-7

Gastroschisis closure—does method really matter?
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Robert L. Weinsheimer, Natalie L. Yanchar, Sarah B. Bouchard, Peter K. Kim, Jean-Martin Laberge, Erik D. Skarsgard, S.K. Lee, Douglas McMillan, Peter von Dadelszen
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2007.12.030

Mortality prediction in congenital diaphragmatic hernia
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Robert Baird, Ying C. MacNab, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2007.12.012

Topical mitomycin-C for recalcitrant esophageal strictures: a novel endoscopic/fluoroscopic technique for safe endoluminal delivery
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Manraj K.S. Heran, Robert Baird, Geoffrey K. Blair, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2007.12.017

Quality-of-life outcomes after surgical correction of pectus excavatum: a comparison of the Ravitch and Nuss procedures
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Mindy W.C. Lam, Anne F. Klassen, Carolyne J. Montgomery, Jacques G. LeBlanc, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2007.12.020

Clinical Research in Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Systematic Review of Quality-of-Life Questionnaires
Clinics in Plastic Surgery
Anne F. Klassen, Mitchell A. Stotland, Erik D. Skarsgard, Andrea L. Pusic
DOI: 10.1016/j.cps.2007.10.004

Canadian Pediatric Surgical Network: a population-based pediatric surgery network and database for analyzing surgical birth defects. The first 100 cases of gastroschisis
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Erik D. Skarsgard, Jennifer Claydon, Sarah Bouchard, Peter C.W. Kim, Shoo K. Lee, Jean-Martin Laberge, Douglas McMillan, Peter von Dadelszen, Natalie Yanchar
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2007.09.011

Congenital Short Bowel Syndrome: A Case Report and Review of the Literature
Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Mohammed Hasosah, Daniel A Lemberg, Eric Skarsgard, Richard Schreiber
DOI: 10.1155/2008/590143

Measuring the Quality of Pediatric Day Surgery Care
Journal For Healthcare Quality
Erica Amari, Diana M. Murray, Christine Vandebeek, Caroline J. Montgomery, Erik Skarsgard, Fay Warnock, Mark J. Ansermino
DOI: 10.1111/j.1945-1474.2007.tb00223.x

An open and shut case for early VATS treatment of primary spontaneous pneumothorax in children.
Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie
Butterworth SA, Blair GK, LeBlanc JG, Skarsgard ED
PubMed: 17568487

Correlation of near-infrared spectroscopy with perfusion parameters at the hepatic and systemic levels in an endotoxemic shock model.
Medical science monitor : international medical journal of experimental and clinical research
Nahum E, Skippen PW, Gagnon RE, Macnab AJ, Skarsgard ED
PubMed: 17006393

A risk-adjusted study of outcome and resource utilization for congenital diaphragmatic hernia
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Jasmine C. Lam, Jennifer Claydon, Craig R. Mitton, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2006.01.025

An audit of cancer diagnosis in a Canadian children's hospital: Quality, timing and efficiency
Paediatrics & Child Health
Stacy C Reebye, Geoffrey K Blair, Paul C Rogers, Douglas Jamieson, Erik D Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1093/pch/11.3.143

Networks in Canadian paediatric surgery: Time to get connected.
Paediatrics & child health
Skarsgard ED
PubMed: 19030236

Outcomes of pyloroplasty and pyloric dilatation in children diagnosed with nonobstructive delayed gastric emptying
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Wajid Jawaid, Ahmed Abdalwahab, Geoffrey Blair, Erik Skarsgard, Eric Webber
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2006.08.005

Lentiviral-Mediated Fetal Gene Therapy for Monogenic Disorders: Development of an in vitro Rabbit Model
Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Louis Huang, Stacy C. Reebye, Adam Y. Yeung, William W. Jia, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1159/000091348

Simultaneous in-situNIRS of liver and bowel during septic shock
R. E. Gagnon, E. Hahum, E. Skarsgard, A. J. Macnab
DOI: 10.1155/2006/285157

Correlation of transcutaneous hepatic near-infrared spectroscopy readings with liver surface readings and perfusion parameters in a piglet endotoxemic shock model
Liver International
E. Nahum, P. W. Skippen, R. E. Gagnon, A. J. Macnab, E. D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1111/j.1478-3231.2006.01383.x

The Safety and Efficacy of Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy in Children
Archives of Surgery
Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1001/archsurg.140.9.905

Can we predict the failure of thoracostomy tube drainage in the treatment of pediatric parapneumonic collections?
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Muhammad Jamal, Stacy C. Reebye, Mohammed Zamakhshary, Erik D. Skarsgard, Geoffrey K. Blair
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2005.01.053

Laparoscopic vs percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube insertion: A new pediatric gold standard?
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Mohammed Zamakhshary, Mohammad Jamal, Geoffrey K. Blair, James J. Murphy, Eric M. Webber, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2005.02.001

SNAP-II Predicts Mortality among Infants with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
Journal of Perinatology
Erik D Skarsgard, The Canadian Neonatal Network, Ying C MacNab, Zhenguo Qiu, Ruth Little, Shoo K Lee
DOI: 10.1038/sj.jp.7211257

Lentiviral vector–mediated, in vivo gene transfer to the tracheobronchial tree in fetal rabbits
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Erik D. Skarsgard, Louis Huang, Stacy C. Reebye, Adam Y. Yeung, William W. Jia
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2005.08.047

Dynamic esophageal lengthening for long gap esophageal atresia: Experience with two cases
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2004.07.031

Venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in neonatal respiratory failure: does routine, cephalad jugular drainage improve outcome?
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Erik D. Skarsgard, Douglas R. Salt, Shoo K. Lee
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2004.01.033

Survival rate in congenital diaphragmatic hernia: the experience of the canadian neonatal network
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Patrick J Javid, Tom Jaksic, Erik D Skarsgard, Shoo Lee
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2004.01.022

Left-sided gastroschisis associated with situs inversus
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Kasper S. Wang, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2004.08.044

Serum Cytosolic ß-Glucosidase Activity in a Rat Model of Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Pediatric Research
Reed A Dimmitt, Robert Glew, Christopher Colby, Mary Brindle, Erik Skarsgard, R Lawrence Moss
DOI: 10.1203/01.pdr.0000081310.47579.49

Primary reversed gastric tube reconstruction in long gap esophageal atresia
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
M.O McCollum, S.J Rangel, G.K Blair, R.L Moss, B.M Smith, E.D Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3468(03)00133-7

Toward evidence-based best practices in neonatal surgical care-I: The Canadian NICU Network
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Erik D. Skarsgard, Geoffrey K. Blair, Shoo K. Lee
DOI: 10.1016/jpsu.2003.50180

AAV-mediated factor IX gene transfer to skeletal muscle in patients with severe hemophilia B.
Manno CS, Chew AJ, Hutchison S, Larson PJ, Herzog RW, Arruda VR, Tai SJ, Ragni MV, Thompson A, Ozelo M, Couto LB, Leonard DG, Johnson FA, Glader B
DOI: 10.1182/blood-2002-10-3296
PubMed: 12515715

Effects of partial liquid ventilation on cerebral blood flow and cerebral metabolism in neonatal lambs
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Reed A. Dimmitt, Sarah A. Beckman, Louis P. Halamek, R.Lawrence Moss, Nick A. Mickas, Daniel A. Falco, Christopher Chubb, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1053/jpsu.2002.32884

The role of prospective randomized clinical trials in pediatric surgery: State of the art?
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
R.Lawrence Moss, Marion C.W. Henry, Reed A. Dimmitt, Shawn Rangel, Nora Geraghty, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1053/jpsu.2001.25749

Fetal Therapy with rhIGF-1 in a Rabbit Model of Intrauterine Growth Retardation
Journal of Surgical Research
Erik D. Skarsgard, Lisa A. Amii, Reed A. Dimmitt, Gordon Sakamoto, Mary E. Brindle, R.Lawrence Moss
DOI: 10.1006/jsre.2001.6120

Omphalocele, colonic atresia, and Hirschsprung's disease: an unusual cluster of malformations in a single patient
Pediatric Surgery International
K. S. Wang, J. L. Cahill, E. D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1007/s003830000459

New tocolytic strategies for fetal surgery: efficacy and fetomaternal safety of nitroglycerin
The Unborn Patient: The Art and Science of Fetal Therapy, 3rd ed.

Rational Treatment of Empyema in Children
Archives of Surgery
Andreas H. Meier
DOI: 10.1001/archsurg.135.8.907

Salvage laparotomy for failure of peritoneal drainage in necrotizing enterocolitis in infants with extremely low birth weight
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Reed A. Dimmitt, Andreas H. Meier, Erik D. Skarsgard, Louis P. Halamek, Baird M. Smith, R.Lawrence Moss
DOI: 10.1053/jpsu.2000.6865

Evidence for gene transfer and expression of factor IX in haemophilia B patients treated with an AAV vector
Nature Genetics
Mark A. Kay, Catherine S. Manno, Margaret V. Ragni, Peter J. Larson, Linda B. Couto, Alan McClelland, Bertil Glader, Amy J. Chew, Shing J Tai, Roland W. Herzog, Valder Arruda, Fred Johnson, Ciaran Scallan, Erik Skarsgard, Alan W. Flake, Katherine A. High
DOI: 10.1038/73464

Case Studies in Pediatric Surgery
McGraw Hill Companies

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: The Surgeon's Perspective
Pediatrics in Review
E. D. Skarsgard, M. R. Harrison
DOI: 10.1542/pir.20-10-e71

Effects of nitroglycerin and indomethacin on fetal-maternal circulation and on fetal cerebral blood flow and metabolism in sheep
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Erik D. Skarsgard, Karen J. VanderWall, Jonathan A. Morris, Christine Roman, Michael A. Heymann, Michael R. Harrison
DOI: 10.1016/s0002-9378(99)70576-4

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia associated with aortic coarctation
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Pirooz Eghtesady, Erik D Skarsgard, Baird M Smith, Robert C Robbins, Lewis Wexler, William D Rhine
DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3468(98)90681-9

Papillary cystic neoplasm of the pancreas: A report of three pediatric cases and literature review
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Kasper S Wang, Craig Albanese, Festus Dada, Erik D Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3468(98)90655-8

Fetendo-clip: A fetal endoscopic tracheal clip procedure in a human fetus
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Karen J VanderWall, Eric D Skarsgard, Roy A Filly, Jeff Eckert, Michael R Harrison
DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3468(97)90379-1

Use of Doppler ultrasonography in the evaluation of liver blood flow during silo reduction of a giant omphalocele
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Erik D. Skarsgard, Richard A. Barth
DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3468(97)90019-1

Fetal endoscopic tracheal occlusion (‘Fetendo-PLUG’) for congenital diaphragmatic hernia
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Erik D Skarsgard, Martin Meuli, Karen J VanderWall, John F Bealer, N.Scott Adzick, Michael R Harrison
DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3468(96)90823-4

Initial experience with one-stage endorectal pull-through procedures for Hirschsprung's disease
Pediatric Surgery International
E. D. Skarsgard, R. A. Superina, B. Shandling, D. E. Wesson
DOI: 10.1007/bf00180088

The OOPS procedure (Operation on Placental Support): In utero airway management of the fetus with prenatally diagnosed tracheal obstruction
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Erik D. Skarsgard, Usha Chitkara, Elliot J. Krane, Edward T. Riley, Louis P. Halamek, Herbert H. Dedo
DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3468(96)90144-x

Single-lung Ventilation in Pediatric Patients
Gregory B. Hammer, Steven J. Manos, Baird M. Smith, Erik D. Skarsgard, Jay B. Brodsky
DOI: 10.1097/00000542-199606000-00028

Carpet bezoar obstruction of the small intestine
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Ping Y. Wang, Erik D. Skarsgard, Robin J. Baker
DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3468(96)90052-4

Spontaneous rupture of a pancreatic pseudocyst into the portal vein.
Canadian Journal of Surgery
Skarsgard ED, Ellison E, Quenville N
PubMed: 7553473

The incidence and spectrum of neurological injury after open fetal surgery
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
John F. Bealer, Jack Raisanen, Erik D. Skarsgard, Steven R. Long, Kondi Wong, Roy A. Filly, N.Scott Adzick, Michael R. Harrison
DOI: 10.1016/0022-3468(95)90009-8

Fetal endoscopic (‘Fetendo’) surgery: The relationship between insufflating pressure and the fetoplacental circulation
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Erik D. Skarsgard, John F. Bealer, Martin Meuli, N.Scott Adzick, Michael R. Harrison
DOI: 10.1016/0022-3468(95)90013-6

The ‘PLUG’ odyssey: Adventures in experimental fetal tracheal occlusion
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
John F Bealer, Erik D Skarsgard, Marc H Hedrick, Martin Meuli, Karen J VanderWall, Alan W Flake, N.Scott Adzick, Michael R Harrison
DOI: 10.1016/0022-3468(95)90590-1

Cervical sonomicrometry predicts preterm labour
Surgical Forum

An effective strategy for decontamination, ex vivo expansion, and storage of human fetal liver hematopoietic stem cells.
Transplantation proceedings
Rice HE, Skarsgard ED, Emani VR, Zanjani ED, Harrison MR, Flake AW
PubMed: 7527966

Non-fixation of the colon in colonic atresia: A new finding
Pediatric Radiology
A. Landes, B. Shuckett, E. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1007/bf02012179

Postpericardiotomy syndrome and chylopericardium: Two unusual complications after aortopexy for tracheomalacia
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Erik D. Skaragard, Robert M. Filler, Riccardo A. Superina
DOI: 10.1016/0022-3468(94)90207-0

Human fetal liver hematopoietic cell expansion with a novel bioreactor system
Transplantation Proceedings
PubMed: 7998163

Effect of cardiac stabbing on ventricular function: evaluation by radionuclide angiography.
Canadian Journal of Surgery
Skarsgard ED, Phang PT, Belzberg AS, Russell JA
PubMed: 8221398

Thrombosis of the portal venous system after splenectomy for pediatric hematologic disease
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Erik Skarsgard, John Doski, Tom Jaksic, David Wesson, Barry Shandling, Sigmund Ein, Paul Babyn, Kurt Heiss, Xiaohan Hu
DOI: 10.1016/0022-3468(93)90141-7

A Current Analysis of Primary Lymphoma of the Thyroid
Archives of Surgery
Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1001/archsurg.1991.01410340037006

Function and quality of life results after ileal pouch surgery for chronic ulcerative colitis and familial polyposis
The American Journal of Surgery
Erik D. Skarsgard, Kenneth G. Atkinson, George A. Bell, Michael E. Pezim, Andrew M. Seal, F.Rosslyn Sharp
DOI: 10.1016/0002-9610(89)90636-3


Current Project
Surgical Telehealth program: With the support of Child Health BC, we have established surgical telehealth sites in each of the health authorities. We are in the process of studying the scope of surgical ambulatory practice that is amenable to telehealth technology, and assessing the value of telehealth from both the patient/family and provider perspectives.

Honours & Awards

UBC Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence, April 1, 2007-Mar 31, 2008.

Richard J. Finley Senior Research Scholar Award. UBC Dept of Surgery, June 2008

Research Group Members

Crystal Ng, Research Coordinator, CAPSNet and CBAR