Susan E. Reid

Professor & Chair, Department of Surgery, McMaster University

Dr. Reid is a general and trauma surgeon whose primary clinical interest is the management and surgical treatment of breast cancer.  Her research efforts have been focused mainly in the area of surgical education, with an emphasis on studying the many factors influencing undergraduate medical student interest in surgical training.  Dr Reid was named a 2012-2013 Ethicon Endo-Surgery Surgical Education Research Fellow by the Association for Surgical Education. 

She received her MD (1987) and completed her General Surgery Residency training at McMaster University (1992), followed by a Postgraduate Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at McMaster (1993).  Currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Dr. Reid holds the John A. Bauer Chair in Surgery and was the first female to be appointed Chair of an academic department in Canada.  Prior to assuming that position, Dr. Reid served as the Department's Associate Chair, Education, a role that encompassed her myriad responsibilities as Department Education Coordinator and Director of Postgraduate Surgical Training Programs.  Dr. Reid has been extensively involved in Education at the undergraduate, postgraduate, faculty and community levels as an invited speaker, instructor, advisor/mentor and a clinical and research supervisor. It was under her tutelage that a number of educational initiatives came to fruition within the Department of Surgery, including the Surgeon Scientist and Women in Surgery Programs, the International Surgery Desk and MacSERG (McMaster Surgical Education Research Group). 

Dr. Reid has been rewarded for her wide-ranging contributions to teaching at McMaster with recognition as the Best Contributor to Resident Education, General Surgery Residency Program (2009) and Mentor of the Year, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (2007); she  was also nominated for the PAIRO Teaching Award on two occasions.  Dr. Reid previously served as President of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons (CAGS) and has acted as an Examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Centre for the Evaluation of Health Professionals Educated Abroad (CEHPEA).  In addition, she has served as a grant and journal reviewer and as an expert reviewer for the CAGS Program for Evidence-Based Reviews in Surgery.