Graduate Program Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Experimental Surgery at McGill

Experimental Surgery combines excellent surgical research programs and innovation to bring cutting edge concentrations such as Surgical Innovation, Surgical Education, Global Surgery, Digital Health Innovation and Surgical Outcomes. The unique strength of our graduate programs is that it brings together world class researchers. We cherish our diversity as a source of strength making this an exciting community in which we innovate, study, engage in discussions and continue our teaching and rigorous pioneering research.

Our graduate students are attracted from a dynamic community and they are at the heart of the department’s excellence in research and education each year. Graduate study may combine advanced coursework with a research experience. We offer MS and PhD degrees reflecting the breadth of our department. For students with interests other than research but desiring advanced coursework, we also offer certificates, diplomas, and a Non-thesis option within our MS degree.

With the entire globe weathering COVID-19, we continue to take informed action to limit its spread. This website introduces you to the many ways you can learn, work, and grow in the Department of Experimental Surgery at McGill. As part of those efforts, the Department's administrators, faculty members and researchers are committed towards improving education for all.

On behalf of the Department, I encourage you to follow these steps once you have received your offer of admission. Explore our website for information on topics, such as program requirements, tracking, fast tracking, comprehensive exams, thesis, and graduate funding.

Please also consult our FAQs for accepeted students. I encourage you to (1) Verify on Minerva that required documents are sent to Service Point to complete your file. (2) Pay your tuition fees on time to avoid late charges (Minerva). (3) Take note of course registration dates, and the add/drop period. ( ). (4) Complete the direct deposit information on Minerva. (Important for any funds/awards that you may receive at McGill). (5) Check the Experimental Surgery Website and your e-mail regularly. (6) Apply for Studentships (RI, McGill, FRQS, CIHR, etc.) and completion of Academic Integrity tutorial on MyCourses.


Fackson Mwale, PhD, FIOR
Graduate Program Director, Experimental Surgery
Professor of Surgery, McGill University
Fellow of International Orthopaedic Research (FIOR)
Co-Director of Surgical Innovation
Course director of non thesis
Senior Investigator, Lady Davis Institute


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