Surgical Oncology

Dr. Greg McKinnon, Division Head

Karla Arnold, Administrative Assistant

Surgical Oncology is one of the three pillars of modern oncology care. The mission of the Division of Surgical Oncology is to improve the care of cancer patients through excellent clinical treatment, research and knowledge translation. The division has been growing and now encompasses almost 20 members, some primarily appointed to the department of Oncology and the rest through the Department of Surgery. Members provide expertise in many areas of cancer treatment including head and neck, cutaneous, breast, gastrointestinal, bone and soft tissue and sophisticated cancer reconstruction. Members are leaders in these fields on a national and international level.

Strategic Plan

It is the goal of the division to play a vital role in the multidisciplinary treatment of cancer. A comprehensive breast program and an advanced peritoneal surgery program are important new initiatives. The building of a new comprehensive cancer center in Calgary represents an important opportunity for growth and transformation. The recruitment of cancer surgical specialists to participate in the cancer care system is crucial to ensure that all patients in Southern Alberta receive the best possible care.


The division has a general surgical oncology fellowship program. This is fully approved by the RCPSC as well as the Society of Surgical Oncology. It participates in the international fellowship match now being run by the NRMP. In addition, the division oversees two other fellowships in oncologic plastic-reconstructive surgery and in Mohs’ micrographic surgery. The division also has a full complement of general surgical and plastics residents as well as medical students. Through Cancer Surgery Alberta, the membership has been involved in extensive continuing professional development of surgeons throughout Alberta and other parts of the country.


Our members are all heavily involved in research and collectively hold approximately seven million dollars in grant funding. Research areas include clinical trials, health service delivery research, metabolomics and health outcomes.


The division enjoys the support of the Alberta Health Services and Cancer Control Alberta as well as the Departments of Surgery and Oncology. Further development and growth will be commensurate with our past success and expected growth in population and resources in Alberta.