• Courtemanche, Douglas J


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Clinical Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of British Columbia
    Director, Vascular Anomalies Clinic, and Plastic Surgeon, BC Children's Hospital

    Degrees / Designations

    MD, MS

    Primary Area of Research
    Evidence to Innovation
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Lab Phone
    Rupinder Parhar (Clinical Secretary)
    Assistant Phone
    Mailing Address
    BC Children's Hospital

    K3-131 ACB
    4480 Oak Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Pediatric and adult plastic surgery
    • Craniofacial surgery
    • Cleft lip and palate
    • TMJ
    • Vascular anomalies

    My research questions emerge from clinical problems I discover. I conduct projects in the areas of cleft lip and palate, craniofacial surgery and vascular anomalies. I have a certificate in teaching and higher education and I try to maintain research interests in these areas. As well, I have an interest in safety and effective surgical tools during operative procedures. I have a strong trainee component to my research and ensure that all appropriate projects have a medical student, resident or fellow involved.

    Current Projects

    Maxillary Outgrowth after Repair of a Cleft of the soft Palate: An Analysis between the Wardill-Kilner and Furlow palatoplasty
    This is a multi-disciplinary project in conjunction with orthodontists and dentists in the community. The primary goal for performing a palatoplasty is to achieve closure between the oral and nasal cavities and subsequently lead to normal velopharyngeal sphincter closure for speech. The two main parameters for assessing successful outcome are intelligible speech and maxillary outgrowth. This study was undertaken to analyse the effect that two different surgical methods have on maxillary outgrowth in patients with an isolated cleft of the soft palate.

    Safety Scalpels: A Systematic Review  
    Are safety scalpels safer than traditional scalpels in lowering the incidence of scalpel injuries in the operative setting?

    The Role of Experts in Teaching in a Plastic Surgery Residency Program
    Our pediatric plastic surgery fellow, Dr. Jason Neil-Dwyer, is completing his certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education and this project is part of his graduation requirements. Internationally the moves towards implementing a shorter workweek for residents, reducing the number of years of residency, and emphasising operating room efficiency, are markedly diminishing teaching time provided to each resident. Given the importance of the operating room experience to surgical residents’ education, it is crucial that we gain a better understanding of the teaching that occurs in this environment so that it can be best facilitated in a shorter time. The first step towards improving surgical skills training is to better define the methods successfully used for teaching. The aim of this study will be to analyse teaching in the operating room environment. The analysis will attempt to qualify the cognitive, verbal and motor strategies that are used by the mentor surgeon through observation and stimulated recall interviews.

    Selected Publications
    Honours & Awards

    Honourable Mention – McCreary Prize for Inter-professional Teamwork (Cleft Palate Team), 2005
    MCC Recognition of Service Award, 2002
    UBC Faculty of Medicine Teaching Recognition award, 1994

    Research Group Members

    Dr. Marija Bucevska, Research Coordinator