Overview

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.

Publications

Intussusception With Cecal Cyst as Lead Point in a Child.
Pediatric emergency care
Lai M, Coakley BA, Webber EM, Goldman RD
PubMed: 27870784
11/2016

The Future of General Surgery: Evolving to Meet a Changing Practice.
Journal of surgical education
Webber EM, Ronson AR, Gorman LJ, Taber SA, Harris KA
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2015.12.002
PubMed: 26830927
2016

The past and future of the generalist general surgeon.
Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie
Webber EM, McAlister VC, Gorman L, Taber S, Harris KA
DOI: 10.1503/cjs.033213
PubMed: 24461219
02/2014

Environmental scan of bereavement services at North American pediatric and maternity hospitals: a quality assurance study
Journal of Investigative Medicine
2014

Running your residency program committee (RPC) meetings
The Royal College program directors handbook: a practical guided for leading an exceptional program
2013

The surgical personality: comparisons between urologists, non-urologists and non-surgeons.
Canadian Urological Association Journal
Macneily AE, Alden L, Webber E, Afshar K
DOI: 10.5489/cuaj.10142
PubMed: 21672480
06/2011

Re-entry residency training: opportunities and obstacles.
Canadian family physician Medecin de famille canadien
Jamieson JL, Webber EM, Sivertz KS
PubMed: 20547505
06/2010

Long-term bowel function and quality of life in children with Hirschsprung's disease
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Jessica L.A. Mills, David E. Konkin, Ruth Milner, Janice G. Penner, Monica Langer, Eric M. Webber
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2007.12.038
05/2008

Expansion of Postgraduate Medical Education
BC Medical Journal
2008

Vascular surgery training, exposure, and knowledge during general surgery residency: implications for the future.
American journal of surgery
Boutros J, Sekhon MS, Webber EM, Sidhu RS
DOI: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2007.02.006
PubMed: 17434355
05/2007

A universal global rating scale for the evaluation of technical skills in the operating room.
American journal of surgery
Doyle JD, Webber EM, Sidhu RS
DOI: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2007.02.003
PubMed: 17434353
05/2007

Resident continuity of care experience: a casualty of current healthcare delivery, not work hour restrictions
American Journal of Surgery
02/2007

Surgical Intervention in Children with Crohn Disease
International Journal of Colorectal Disease
2007

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
2006

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
05/2005

Canadian Association of General Surgeons evidence based reviews in surgery. 11. Evidence-based guidelines for children with isolated spleen or liver injury.
Canadian Journal of Surgery
McLeod RS, Webber E, CAGS Evidence Based Reviews in Surgery Group
PubMed: 15646448
12/2004

Teaching practicing surgeons critical appraisal skills with an Internet-based journal club: A randomized, controlled trial.
Surgery
Macrae HM, Regehr G, McKenzie M, Henteleff H, Taylor M, Barkun J, Fitzgerald GW, Hill A, Richard C, Webber EM, McLeod RS
DOI: 10.1016/j.surg.2004.02.003
PubMed: 15349113
09/2004

Outcomes in esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
David E Konkin, Wael A O’Hali, Eric M Webber, Geoffrey K Blair
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2003.08.039
2003

Meconium thorax: A case of bochdalek hernia and cecal perforation in a neonate with Job's syndrome
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Sonia A. Butterworth, Eric M. Webber
DOI: 10.1053/jpsu.2002.31640
04/2002

Annular pancreas and duodenal stenosis
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Mark O. McCollum, Douglas H. Jamieson, Eric M. Webber
DOI: 10.1053/jpsu.2002.36722
2002

H-type tracheoesophageal fistula
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Sonia A. Butterworth, Eric M. Webber, Douglas H. Jamieson
DOI: 10.1053/jpsu.2001.24005
06/2001

Comparative genomic hybridization detects multiple chromosomal amplifications and deletions in undifferentiated embryonal sarcoma of the liver.
Cancer genetics and cytogenetics
Sowery RD, Jensen C, Morrison KB, Horsman DE, Sorensen PH, Webber EM
DOI: 10.1016/s0165-4608(00)00404-0
PubMed: 11376805
04/2001

Constipation
Handbook of Pediatric Emergencies, 3rd edition
2001

Acute inguinal swellings
Handbook of Pediatric Emergencies, 3rd edition
2001

Surgical abdominal disorders
Handbook of Pediatric Emergencies, 3rd edition
2001

Abdominal pain
Handbook of Pediatric Emergencies, 3rd edition
2001

Survey of the general surgeons of British Columbia: assessing the educational goals for residency training in general surgery
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Annals
2001

Presentation of low anorectal malformations beyond the neonatal period.
Pediatrics
Kim HL, Gow KW, Penner JG, Blair GK, Murphy JJ, Webber EM
DOI: 10.1542/peds.105.5.e68
PubMed: 10799632
05/2000

Undifferentiated embryonal sarcoma of the liver: Results of clinical management in one center
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Eric M Webber, Kevin B Morrison, Sheila L Pritchard, Poul H.B Sorensen
DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3468(99)90634-6
11/1999

Perforated lymphoma of the colon in an immunosuppressed child
Medical and Pediatric Oncology
Eric M. Webber, Robert B. Fraser, Marlene Henry, Michael Giacomantonio
DOI: 10.1002/(sici)1096-911x(199904)32:43.0.co;2-r
04/1999

Laparoscopy as a cause of a false-positive Meckel's scan.
Clinical nuclear medicine
McKevitt EC, Baerg JE, Nadel HR, Webber EM
DOI: 10.1097/00003072-199902000-00005
PubMed: 9988066
02/1999

Congenital laryngotracheoesophageal cleft
Journal of Otolaryngology
1999

Tumor necrosis factor primes hepatocytes for DNA replication in the rat.
Hepatology (Baltimore, Md.)
Webber EM, Bruix J, Pierce RH, Fausto N
DOI: 10.1002/hep.510280509
PubMed: 9794905
11/1998

Analysis of liver regeneration in mice lacking type 1 or type 2 tumor necrosis factor receptor: requirement for type 1 but not type 2 receptor.
Hepatology (Baltimore, Md.)
Yamada Y, Webber EM, Kirillova I, Peschon JJ, Fausto N
DOI: 10.1002/hep.510280410
PubMed: 9755232
10/1998

Disorders in foregut diverticulization: Congenital hepaticoesophageal fistula in a baby with laryngotracheoesophageal cleft
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Eric M Webber, Michael Giacomantonio
DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3468(97)90718-1
04/1997

PERIANAL EPENDYMOMA PRESENTING IN THE NEONATAL PERIOD
Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
Eric M . Webber, MD Robert Fraser, Lothar Resch, M D Michael Giacomantonio
DOI: 10.1080/713601279
03/1997

Tetralogy of Fallot with total anomalous pulmonary venous drainage and esophageal atresia: complete correction in infancy
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Eric M. Webber, D. Alex Gillis, David B. Ross
DOI: 10.1016/0003-4975(96)00364-5
08/1996

Roux-en-Y jejunostomy in the pediatric population.
Journal of pediatric surgery
Yoshida NR, Webber EM, Gillis DA, Giacomantonio JM
DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3468(96)90135-9
PubMed: 8783105
06/1996

Helicobacter pylori is not associated with nonspecific abdominal pain in children
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
N.R. Yoshida, E.M. Webber, R.B. Fraser, M.T. Ste-Marie, J.M. Giacomantonio
DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3468(96)90121-9
06/1996

Liver regeneration. 2. Role of growth factors and cytokines in hepatic regeneration.
The FASEB Journal
Fausto N, Laird AD, Webber EM
PubMed: 8529831
12/1995

Rapid DNA binding by nuclear factor kappa B in hepatocytes at the start of liver regeneration.
Cell growth & differentiation : the molecular biology journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
FitzGerald MJ, Webber EM, Donovan JR, Fausto N
PubMed: 7794809
04/1995

Overexpression of transforming growth factor-alpha causes liver enlargement and increased hepatocyte proliferation in transgenic mice.
The American Journal of Pathology
Webber EM, Wu JC, Wang L, Merlino G, Fausto N
PubMed: 8053497
08/1994

In vivo response of hepatocytes to growth factors requires an initial priming stimulus.
Hepatology (Baltimore, Md.)
Webber EM, Godowski PJ, Fausto N
DOI: 10.1002/hep.1840190230
PubMed: 8294105
02/1994

Liver regeneration
The Liver: Biology and Pathobiology, 3rd edition
1994

Transforming growth factor-alpha expression during liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy and toxic injury, and potential interactions between transforming growth factor-alpha and hepatocyte growth factor.
Hepatology (Baltimore, Md.)
Webber EM, FitzGerald MJ, Brown PI, Bartlett MH, Fausto N
DOI: 10.1002/hep.1840180622
PubMed: 8244268
12/1993

Mechanisms of growth regulation in liver regeneration and hepatic carcinogenesis.
Progress in liver diseases
Fausto N, Webber EM
PubMed: 8272507
1993

Control of liver growth.
Critical reviews in eukaryotic gene expression
Fausto N, Webber EM
PubMed: 8324292
1993

Preoperative radiotherapy for adenocarcinoma of the rectum.
Canadian Journal of Surgery
Webber EM, MacFarlane JK
PubMed: 2200597
08/1990

Augmentation ileocystoplasty in children with myelodysplasia.
Canadian Journal of Surgery
Webber EM, Crofts PG, Pomeroy C, Coleman GU, Arnold WJ, Johnson HW
PubMed: 2268813
04/1990

Dumbbell metastatic cystosarcoma phyllodes of the heart and lung
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Arlen G. Fleisher, G.Frank O. Tyers, David Hu, Eric M. Webber, Cameron Essery
DOI: 10.1016/0003-4975(90)90157-2
02/1990

Research

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.

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