Dr. David M. Fleiszer

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor of Surgery at McGill University

Contact Information
Email address: 
david.fleiszer [at] mcgill.ca

Dr. Fleiszer completed both his undergraduate and graduate medical education at McGill University and is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In 2005 he was the recipient of the John Reudy Award for Innovation in Teaching, presented by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.  That same year he was named to the Faculty Honour List for Educational Excellence within McGill University, in recognition of his contribution to teaching and support for educational leadership and innovation in the field of medical informatics.  In 2011 Dr. Fleiszer received the MUHC Director General award in the physician category in recognition of his work in patient education. In 2014 he was recognized by the MUHC Department of Surgery and received the Outstanding Teacher Award.

He helped to establish the Montreal General Hospital Trauma Program and in that process became the President of the Trauma Association of Canada and Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. He was the major force behind the conception and creation of the Cedars Breast Cancer Clinic and was the Director of that unit for many years. Currently his clinical activities are focused on the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH)
Hospital title: 
Director of the McGill Molson Medical Informatics Project
Director of the McGill University Health Center Patient Education Office
General surgery and oncology
Selected publications: 

1: Fleiszer D, Hoover ML, Posel N, Razek T, Bergman S. Development and Validation
of a Tool to Evaluate the Evolution of Clinical Reasoning in Trauma Using Virtual
Patients. J Surg Educ. 2018 May - Jun;75(3):779-786. doi:
10.1016/j.jsurg.2017.08.024. Epub 2017 Sep 18. PubMed PMID: 28927667.

2: McKendy KM, Posel N, Fleiszer DM, Vassiliou MC. A Learner-Created Virtual
Patient Curriculum for Surgical Residents: Successes and Failures. J Surg Educ.
2016 Jul-Aug;73(4):559-66. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2016.02.008. Epub 2016 Apr 30.
PubMed PMID: 27142719.

3: Posel N, Mcgee JB, Fleiszer DM. Twelve tips to support the development of
clinical reasoning skills using virtual patient cases. Med Teach.
2015;37(9):813-8. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2014.993951. Epub 2014 Dec 19. PubMed
PMID: 25523009.

4: Abbas E, Omeroglu A, Kao E, Altinel G, Fleiszer D, Mesurolle B. Granular cell
tumor of the breast detected on MRI screening. Breast J. 2013
Sep-Oct;19(5):545-7. doi: 10.1111/tbj.12159. Epub 2013 Jul 19. PubMed PMID:

5: Clausen C, Strohschein FJ, Faremo S, Bateman D, Posel N, Fleiszer DM.
Developing an interprofessional care plan for an older adult woman with breast
cancer: from multiple voices to a shared vision. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2012
Feb;16(1):E18-25. doi: 10.1188/12.CJON.E18-E25. PubMed PMID: 22297017.

6: Huang JY, Chian RC, Gilbert L, Fleiszer D, Holzer H, Dermitas E, Elizur SE,
Gidoni Y, Levin D, Son WY, Tan SL. Retrieval of immature oocytes from
unstimulated ovaries followed by in vitro maturation and vitrification: A novel
strategy of fertility preservation for breast cancer patients. Am J Surg. 2010
Jul;200(1):177-83. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2009.04.004. PubMed PMID: 20637351.

7: Soubhi H, Bayliss EA, Fortin M, Hudon C, van den Akker M, Thivierge R, Posel
N, Fleiszer D. Learning and caring in communities of practice: using
relationships and collective learning to improve primary care for patients with
multimorbidity. Ann Fam Med. 2010 Mar-Apr;8(2):170-7. doi: 10.1370/afm.1056.
PubMed PMID: 20212304; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2834724.

8: Chang SY, Fleiszer DM, Mesurolle B, El Khoury M, Omeroglu A. Breast tumor
resembling the tall cell variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma. Breast J. 2009
Sep-Oct;15(5):531-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4741.2009.00773.x. Epub 2009 Jul 5.
PubMed PMID: 19594763.

9: Posel N, Fleiszer D, Shore BM. 12 Tips: Guidelines for authoring virtual
patient cases. Med Teach. 2009 Aug;31(8):701-8. doi: 10.1080/01421590902793867.
PubMed PMID: 19513927.

10: Duque G, Fung S, Mallet L, Posel N, Fleiszer D. Learning while having fun:
the use of video gaming to teach geriatric house calls to medical students. J Am
Geriatr Soc. 2008 Jul;56(7):1328-32. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2008.01759.x. Epub
2008 May 14. PubMed PMID: 18482292.

Areas of interest: 

patient education, virtual patient tools

Clinical Interests: 

diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer

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