Dr. Sarkis Meterissian

Academic title(s): 

Professor of Surgery and Oncology


Dr. Sarkis Meterissian
Contact Information
514-934-1934, ext 36631
Email address: 
sarkis.meterissian [at] mcgill.ca

Dr. Meterissian is a Professor of Surgery and Oncology (tenured), Director of the Breast Center of the MUHC and Member of the Centre for Medical Education. He is also Head of the MUHC Breast Tumor Site Group. He was a Teaching Scholar at McGill from 1998-1999 and was named to the Faculty Honour List for Educational Excellence in 2005. He was Program Director of General Surgical Oncology from 1997 to 2001, then General Surgery from 2001 to 2007. Subsequently he became Associate Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education and Professional Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine from 2007 to 2014.

In 2007, he was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Association for Surgical Education at its annual meeting. From 2007-2009 he was President of the Canadian Society of Surgical Oncology and from 2013 to 2015 he was President of Breast Surgery International. In 2014 he was President of the Canadian Association of University Surgeons.

Dr. Meterissian has served for 6 years on the Royal College Accreditation Committee and for 3 years on the International Program Review and Accreditation Committee of the College. In the past he has also served as an Oral Examiner for the Royal College General Surgery Examination.

Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH)
Hospital title: 
Director of the Breast Center of the MUHC
Head of the MUHC Breast Tumor Site Group
General surgery and oncology
Selected publications: 

1: Sabiston CM, Wrosch C, Fong AJ, Brunet J, Gaudreau P, O'Loughlin J,
Meterissian S. Life after breast cancer: moving on, sitting down or standing
still? A prospective study of Canadian breast cancer survivors. BMJ Open. 2018
Jul 28;8(7):e021770. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-021770. PubMed PMID: 30056387;
PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6067354.

2: Lubarsky S, Dory V, Meterissian S, Lambert C, Gagnon R. Examining the effects
of gaming and guessing on script concordance test scores. Perspect Med Educ. 2018
Jun;7(3):174-181. doi: 10.1007/s40037-018-0435-8. PubMed PMID: 29904900; PubMed
Central PMCID: PMC6002294.

3: Marta GN, Poortmans P, de Barros AC, Filassi JR, Freitas-Junior R, Audisio RA,
Mano MS, Meterissian S, DeSnyder SM, Buchholz TA, Hijal T. Reply to: Mastectomy
skin flap thickness. Eur J Surg Oncol. 2018 Jul;44(7):1119-1120. doi:
10.1016/j.ejso.2018.04.009. Epub 2018 Apr 27. PubMed PMID: 29739639.

4: Wong SM, Prakash I, Trabulsi N, Parsyan A, Moldoveanu D, Zhang D, Mesurolle B,
Omeroglu A, Aldis A, Meterissian S. Evaluating the Impact of Breast Density on
Preoperative MRI in Invasive Lobular Carcinoma. J Am Coll Surg. 2018
May;226(5):925-932. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2018.01.045. Epub 2018 Feb 6.
PubMed PMID: 29421692.

5: Savage P, Blanchet-Cohen A, Revil T, Badescu D, Saleh SMI, Wang YC, Zuo D, Liu
L, Bertos NR, Munoz-Ramos V, Basik M, Petrecca K, Asselah J, Meterissian S, Guiot
MC, Omeroglu A, Kleinman CL, Park M, Ragoussis J. A Targetable EGFR-Dependent
Tumor-Initiating Program in Breast Cancer. Cell Rep. 2017 Oct 31;21(5):1140-1149.
doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2017.10.015. PubMed PMID: 29091754.

6: Marta GN, Poortmans P, de Barros AC, Filassi JR, Freitas Junior R, Audisio RA,
Mano MS, Meterissian S, DeSnyder SM, Buchholz TA, Hijal T. Multidisciplinary
international survey of post-operative radiation therapy practices after
nipple-sparing or skin-sparing mastectomy. Eur J Surg Oncol. 2017
Nov;43(11):2036-2043. doi: 10.1016/j.ejso.2017.09.014. Epub 2017 Sep 19. PubMed
PMID: 28967564.

7: Halaoui R, Rejon C, Chatterjee SJ, Szymborski J, Meterissian S, Muller WJ,
Omeroglu A, McCaffrey L. Progressive polarity loss and luminal collapse disrupt
tissue organization in carcinoma. Genes Dev. 2017 Aug 1;31(15):1573-1587. doi:
10.1101/gad.300566.117. Epub 2017 Sep 8. PubMed PMID: 28887414; PubMed Central
PMCID: PMC5630022.

8: Sivakumaran L, Ayinde T, Hamadini F, Meterissian S, Razek T, Puckrin R, Munoz
J, O'Hearn S, Deckelbaum DL. Support infrastructure available to Canadian
residents completing post-graduate global health electives: current state and
future directions. Can Med Educ J. 2016 Dec 5;7(3):e41-e50. eCollection 2016 Dec.
PubMed PMID: 28344708; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5342887.

9: Marcil G, Wong S, Trabulsi N, Allard-Coutu A, Parsyan A, Omeroglu A, Atinel G,
Mesurolle B, Meterissian S. Fibroepithelial breast lesions diagnosed by core
needle biopsy demonstrate a moderate rate of upstaging to phyllodes tumors. Am J
Surg. 2017 Aug;214(2):318-322. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2016.12.017. Epub 2016 Dec
27. PubMed PMID: 28057293.

10: Gagnon J, Lévesque E; Clinical Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer Screening
and Prevention, Borduas F, Chiquette J, Diorio C, Duchesne N, Dumais M, Eloy L,
Foulkes W, Gervais N, Lalonde L, L'Espérance B, Meterissian S, Provencher L,
Richard J, Savard C, Trop I, Wong N, Knoppers BM, Simard J. Recommendations on
breast cancer screening and prevention in the context of implementing risk
stratification: impending changes to current policies. Curr Oncol. 2016
Dec;23(6):e615-e625. doi: 10.3747/co.23.2961. Epub 2016 Dec 21. PubMed PMID:
28050152; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5176389.

11: Meguerditchian A, Tamblyn R, Meterissian S, Law S, Prchal J, Winslade N,
Stern D. Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy in Breast Cancer: A Novel e-Health Approach
in Optimizing Treatment for Seniors (OPTIMUM): A Two-Group Controlled Comparison
Pilot Study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2016 Nov 7;5(4):e199. PubMed PMID: 27821385; PubMed
Central PMCID: PMC5118585.

12: Mahdanian AA, Looper KJ, Bacon SL, Mesurolle B, Meterissian SH, Rej S.
Serotonergic antidepressants and increased bleeding risk in patients undergoing
breast biopsy. Ther Adv Psychopharmacol. 2015 Dec;5(6):332-8. doi:
10.1177/2045125315612014. PubMed PMID: 26834966; PubMed Central PMCID:

13: Proulx F, Correa JA, Ferré R, Omeroglu A, Aldis A, Meterissian S, Mesurolle
B. Value of pre-operative breast MRI for the size assessment of ductal carcinoma
in situ. Br J Radiol. 2016;89(1058):20150543. doi: 10.1259/bjr.20150543. Epub
2015 Nov 16. PubMed PMID: 26568438; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4985202.

14: Parsyan A, Moldoveanu D, Balram B, Wong S, Zhang DD, Svadzian A, Allard-Coutu
A, Delisle M, Mesurolle B, Meterissian S. Influence of preoperative magnetic
resonance imaging on the surgical management of breast cancer patients. Am J
Surg. 2016 Jun;211(6):1089-94. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2015.08.028. Epub 2015 Oct
19. PubMed PMID: 26552997.

15: Minter RM, Amos KD, Bentz ML, Blair PG, Brandt C, D'Cunha J, Davis E, Delman
KA, Deutsch ES, Divino C, Kingsley D, Klingensmith M, Meterissian S, Sachdeva AK,
Terhune K, Termuhlen PM, Mullan PB. Transition to surgical residency: a
multi-institutional study of perceived intern preparedness and the effect of a
formal residency preparatory course in the fourth year of medical school. Acad
Med. 2015 Aug;90(8):1116-24. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000680. PubMed PMID:

16: Mandilaras V, Bouganim N, Spayne J, Dent R, Arnaout A, Boileau JF, Brackstone
M, Meterissian S, Clemons M. Concurrent chemoradiotherapy for locally advanced
breast cancer-time for a new paradigm? Curr Oncol. 2015 Feb;22(1):25-32. doi:
10.3747/co.21.2043. Review. PubMed PMID: 25684986; PubMed Central PMCID:

17: Dumitra S, Wong SM, Meterissian S, Featherstone R, Barkun J, Fata P. The
operative dictation: a review of how this skill is taught and assessed in
surgical residency programs. J Surg Educ. 2015 Mar-Apr;72(2):321-9. doi:
10.1016/j.jsurg.2014.09.014. Epub 2014 Nov 14. Review. PubMed PMID: 25456406.

18: Boileau JF, Poirier B, Basik M, Holloway CM, Gaboury L, Sideris L,
Meterissian S, Arnaout A, Brackstone M, McCready DR, Karp SE, Trop I, Lisbona A,
Wright FC, Younan RJ, Provencher L, Patocskai E, Omeroglu A, Robidoux A. Sentinel
node biopsy after neoadjuvant chemotherapy in biopsy-proven node-positive breast
cancer: the SN FNAC study. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Jan 20;33(3):258-64. doi:
10.1200/JCO.2014.55.7827. Epub 2014 Dec 1. PubMed PMID: 25452445.

19: Trabulsi N, Riedel K, Winslade N, Gregoire JP, Meterissian S, Abrahamovicz M,
Tamblyn R, Mayo N, Meguerditchian A. Adherence to anti-estrogen therapy in
seniors with breast cancer: how well are we doing? Breast J. 2014
Nov-Dec;20(6):632-8. doi: 10.1111/tbj.12328. Epub 2014 Sep 23. PubMed PMID:

20: Sun S, Hennessey H, Kam Nakch I, Alsharif S, Meterissian S, Mesurolle B.
Compression-refractory breast hematoma secondary to pseudoaneurysm after
stereotactically guided vacuum-assisted biopsy: the critical role of urgent
surgical evacuation. J Clin Ultrasound. 2014 Oct;42(8):492-4. doi:
10.1002/jcu.22202. Epub 2014 Jul 3. PubMed PMID: 24990329.

Areas of interest: 

Research Focus:  Application of the stromal-derived prognostic predictor (SDPP) in early breast cancer; Promotion of protein anabolism in colorectal cancer patients perioperatively

Clinical Interests: 

Accuracy of axillary ultrasound in early stage breast cancer; S-classification of melanoma sentinel node metastases as a predictor of non-sentinel node metastases

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