Gerald M. Fried

Academic title(s): 

Professor of Surgery
Associate Dean, Educational Technology & Innovation
Director, Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning


Gerald M. Fried
Contact Information
Email address: 
gerald.fried [at]
Montreal General Hospital (MGH)
General surgery
Hospital title: 
Medical Director, Clinical Innovation Platform (CLIP), RI-MUHC


Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • Awarded the Meritorious Service Cross, Civilian Branch, (M.S.C.) by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of contributions to the country in introducing, disseminating and ensuring the quality of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Canada
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Surgery 2020
  • Duncan Graham Award for Outstanding Contribution to Medical Education, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada April 2021
  • Honorary Fellow, Caribbean Society of Endoscopic Surgeons (CaSES)
  • Chair, Board of Regents, American College of Surgeons, Oct 2018-Oct 2019
  • Honorary Membership, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, September 2019
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Pioneer in Endoscopy Award (to be awarded at 2021 annual meeting)
  • L.D. MacLean Award for Outstanding Contributions to the McGill Department of Surgery 2021
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Distinguished Service Award
  • President, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons 2013-14
  • President, James IV Association of Surgeons, Canadian Chapter
  • President, Central Surgical Association 2011-12
  • President, Canadian Association of General Surgeons 2003-4
  • Faculty Honour List for Educational Excellence, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University (June 2004)
  • John Ruedy Award for Innovation in Education (Association of Canadian Faculties of Medicine) 2008
  • Elected to Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, May 2011
Current research: 
  • AI/Computervision to analyze videos of surgical procedures
  • Metrics of performance in procedural skills
Clinical Interests: 

foregut surgery, hernia

Language(s) spoken: 

Dr. Gerald Fried is currently Professor of Surgery and Associate Dean for Education Technology & Innovation and is Director of the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning at McGill University. Previously he served as the Edward W. Archibald Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at McGill and Surgeon-in-Chief of the McGill University Health Centre Network in Montreal, Canada from January 2010-January 2020.

After general surgery residency training at McGill, Dr. Fried did clinical fellowships in gastrointestinal surgery and gastroenterology/GI endoscopy at The Ohio State University, then a research fellowship in gastrointestinal physiology at University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. He returned to McGill where he has developed a clinical practice in gastrointestinal surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and surgical endoscopy. He has held three endowed chairs during his career in surgery at McGill: The Steinberg-Bernstein Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Innovation, the Adair Family Chair in Surgical Education, and the Edward W. Archibald Chair in Surgery.

His commitment to education has been recognized with election to the McGill Honour Role for Educational Excellence. Nationally, the Deans of Canadian Medical Schools awarded Dr. Fried the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada “John Ruedy Award” for Innovation in Medical Education. He has won multiple teaching awards locally and nationally and has been a leader in Surgical Education activities at the American College of Surgeons, SAGES and other major specialty groups.

In 1990, he established Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) as a clinical and academic program at McGill. He and his colleagues have built this into one of the foremost such programs in North America. They have made significant contributions to surgical education, simulation, and the process of introducing innovation into clinical practice. They developed the MISTELS laparoscopic simulator adopted as the manual skills component of the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Program, a mandatory requirement for certification in surgery and gynecology in the U.S. Currently, his surgical education research is directed at teaching and evaluating procedural skills, through the use of artificial intelligence powered computervision.

Dr. Fried is a champion of Surgical Innovation through building partnerships between clinicians, engineers, computer scientists and business experts. To this goal he has established a thriving graduate program in Surgical Innovation at McGill and helped to create the CLIP (Clinical Innovation Platform) at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, where he is Clinical Director.

Dr. Fried has served as President of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the Canadian Association of General Surgeons, the Central Surgical Association, and James IV Association of Surgeons (Canadian Section), and as Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons. In 2011 he was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He has given over 300 invited lectures internationally and published widely on minimally invasive GI surgery and surgical education. In 2019 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of his leadership in the development of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Canada.

Selected publications: 


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  1. Fried GM, Feldman LS, Vassiliou MC, et al. Proving the value of simulation in laparoscopic surgery. Ann Surg. 2004;240(3):518-528. doi:10.1097/01.sla.0000136941.46529.56
  2. Derossis AM, Fried GM, Abrahamowicz M, Sigman HH, Barkun JS, Meakins JL: Development of a Model for Training and Evaluation of Laparoscopic Skills. Amer J Surg 175: 482-7, 1998
  3. Vassiliou MC, Feldman LS, Andrew CG, Bergman S, Leffondré K,, Stanbridge D, Fried GM: A global assessment tool for evaluation of intraoperative laparoscopic skills. Amer J Surg 190:107-113, 2005
  4. Peters JH, Fried GM, MD, Swanstrom LL, Soper NJ, Sillin LF, Schirmer B, Hoffman K and the SAGES FLS Committee. Development and validation of a comprehensive program of education and assessment of the basic fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery. Surgery 2004; 135: 21-27 DOI:
  5. Sroka G., Feldman L.S., Vassiliou M.C., Kaneva P.A., Fayez R., Fried G.M.: Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery simulator training to proficiency improves laparoscopic performance in the operating room-a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Surgery. 199(1): 115-120, 2010.
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