Dr. Melina Vassiliou

Academic title(s): 

Associate Director of the McGill Medical Simulation Centre

Assistant Program Director of MIS Fellowship Program

Dr. Melina Vassiliou
Contact Information
Email address: 
melina.vassiliou [at] mcgill.ca
Biography: 

Dr. Vassiliou is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Program Director of MIS Fellowship Program. She just completed a seven-year term as the Program Director for the Surgical Foundations Program at McGill. She completed her Masters of Education at McGill. Dr. Vassiliou has won several educational awards, including the 2018 Canadian Association for Medical Education Certificate of Merit. She serves as the chair of the SAGES FLS committee.

Location: 
Montreal General Hospital (MGH)
Hospital title: 
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division: 
General surgery
Office: 
L9-313
Selected publications: 
  1. Bilgic E*, Kaneva P, Okrainec A, Ritter EM, Schwaitzberg SD, Vassiliou MC. Trends in the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery® (FLS) certification exam over the past 9 years. Surg Endosc. 2018 Apr;32(4):2101-2105. Epub 2017 Oct 24.
  2. Bilgic E*, Takao M, Kaneva P, Endo S, Takao T, Watanabe Y, McKendy KM, Feldman LS, Vassiliou MC. Development of a Model for the Acquisition and Assessment of Advanced Laparoscopic Suturing Skills Using an Automated Device. Surg Innov. 2018 Jun;25(3):286-290.
  3. Bilgic E*, Endo S, Lebedeva E, Takao M, McKendy KM, Watanabe Y, Feldman LS, Vassiliou MC. A scoping review of assessment tools for laparoscopic suturing. Surg Endosc. 2018 May 3. [Epub ahead of print] Review.
  1. Enani G, Watanabe Y, McKendy KM, Bilgic E, Feldman LS, Fried GM, Vassiliou MC. What are the Training Gaps for Acquiring Laparoscopic Suturing Skills? J Surg Educ. 2017 Jul - Aug;74(4):656-662. Epub 2017 Apr 3.
  2. Okrainec A, Vassiliou M, Jimenez MC, Henao O, Kaneva P, Matt Ritter E. Remote FLS testing in the real world: ready for "prime time". Surg Endosc. 2016 Jul;30(7):2697-702. [Epub 2015 Nov 18]
  3. Bilgic E*, Turkdogan S, Watanabe Y, Madani A, Landry T, Lavigne D, Feldman LS, Vassiliou MC. Effectiveness of Telementoring in Surgery Compared With On-site Mentoring: A Systematic Review. Surg Innov. 2017 May 1 [Epub ahead of print]
  4. Alhashemi M*, Almahroos M, Fiore JF Jr, Kaneva P, Gutierrez JM, Neville A, Vassiliou MC, Fried GM, Feldman LS. Impact of miniport laparoscopic cholecystectomy versus standard port laparoscopic cholecystectomy on recovery of physical activity: a randomized trial. Surg Endosc. 2017 May;31(5):2299-2309. Epub 2016 Sep 21.
  5. McKendy KM*, Watanabe Y, Bilgic E, Enani G, Munshi A, Lee L, Feldman LS, Fried GM, Vassiliou MC. Establishing meaningful benchmarks: the development of a formative feedback tool for advanced laparoscopic suturing. Surg Endosc. 2017 Apr 25. [Epub ahead of print]
  6. Madani A*, Watanabe Y, Bilgic E, Pucher PH, Vassiliou MC, Aggarwal R, Fried GM, Mitmaker EJ, Feldman LS. Measuring intra-operative decision-making during laparoscopic cholecystectomy: validity evidence for a novel interactive Web-based assessment tool. Surg Endosc. 2017 Mar;31(3):1203-1212.Epub 2016 Jul 13.
  7. Watanabe Y*, Madani A, Ito YM, Bilgic E, McKendy KM, Feldman LS, Fried GM, Vassiliou MC. Psychometric properties of the Global Operative Assessment of Laparoscopic Skills (GOALS) using item response theory. Am J Surg. 2017 Feb;213(2):273-276.Epub 2016 Oct 8.
  8. McKendy KM*, Watanabe Y, Lee L, Bilgic E, Enani G, Feldman LS, Fried GM, Vassiliou MC. Perioperative feedback in surgical training: A systematic review. Am J Surg. 2016 Dec 26. [Epub ahead of print]
  9. Bilgic E*, Watanabe Y, Nepomnayshy D, Gardner A, Fitzgibbons S, Ghaderi I, Alseidi A, Stefanidis D, Paige J, Seymour N, McKendy KM, Birkett R, Whitledge J, Kane E, Anton NE, Vassiliou MC; Simulation Committee of the Association for Surgical Education. Multicenter proficiency benchmarks for advanced laparoscopic suturing tasks. Am J Surg. 2016 Oct 8. [Epub ahead of print]
  10. Watanabe Y*, Madani A, Ito YM, Bilgic E, McKendy KM, Feldman LS, Fried GM, Vassiliou MC. Psychometric properties of the Global Operative Assessment of Laparoscopic Skills (GOALS) using item response theory. Am J Surg. 2016 Oct 8. [Epub ahead of print]
  11. Watanabe Y*, Madani A, Bilgic E, McKendy KM, Enani G, Ghaderi I, Fried GM, Feldman LS, Vassiliou MC. Don't fix it if it isn't broken: a survey of preparedness for practice among graduates of Fellowship Council-accredited fellowships. Research Committee of the Fellowship Council. Surg Endosc. 2016 Oct 14.
  12. Watanabe Y*, McKendy KM, Bilgic E, Enani G, Madani A, Munshi A, Feldman LS, Fried GM, Vassiliou MC. New models for advanced laparoscopic suturing: taking it to the next level. Surg Endosc. 2016 Feb;30(2):581-7.
  13. Alhashemi M, Almahroos M, Fiore JF Jr, Kaneva P, Gutierrez JM, Neville A, Vassiliou MC, Fried GM, Feldman LS. Impact of miniport laparoscopic cholecystectomy versus standard port laparoscopic cholecystectomy on recovery of physical activity: a randomized trial. Surg Endosc. 2016 Sep 21. [Epub ahead of print]
  14. Madani A*, Vassiliou MC, Watanabe Y, Al-Halabi B, Al-Rowais MS, Deckelbaum DL, Fried GM, Feldman LS. What Are the Principles That Guide Behaviors in the Operating Room?: Creating a Framework to Define and Measure Performance. Ann Surg. 2016 Sep 8. [Epub ahead of print]
  15. Madani A, Niculiseanu P, Marini W, Kaneva PA, Mappin-Kasirer B, Vassiliou MC, Khwaja K, Fata P, Fried GM, Feldman LS. Biologic mesh for repair of ventral hernias in contaminated fields: long-term clinical and patient-reported outcomes. Surg Endosc. 2016 Jun 22. [Epub ahead of print]
  16. McKendy KM*, Posel N, Fleiszer DM, Vassiliou MC. A Learner-Created Virtual Patient Curriculum for Surgical Residents: Successes and Failures. J Surg Educ. 2016 Apr 30. [Epub ahead of print]

 

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Areas of interest: 

Research interests: assessment of clinical and operative skills, simulation, and curriculum development

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