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Andrew Thamboo Western Canadian Sinus Course Canada

Andrew Thamboo

Course Co-Director,
University of British Columbia
Erin wright Western Canadian Sinus Course Canada

Erin Wright

Course Co-Director,
University of Alberta
Dr Jonathan Yip Western Canadian Sinus Course Canada

Jonathan Yip

Course Co-Director,
University of Calgary
Arif-Janjua - Western Canadian Sinus Course Canada

Arif JANJUA

Invited Faculty
University of British Columbia
Christopher-Chin - Western Canadian Sinus Course Canada

Christopher J Chin

Invited Faculty
Dalhousie University
John Lee - Western Canadian Sinus Course Canada

John Lee

Invited Faculty
University of Toronto
Leigh Sowerby - Western Canadian Sinus Course Canada

Leigh Sowerby

Invited Faculty
Western University
Faculty Bio
Andrew Thamboo Western Canadian Sinus Course Canada

Andrew Thamboo

Course Co-Director,
University of British Columbia

Dr. Andrew Thamboo completed an undergraduate and medical degree at University of British Columbia (UBC). He stayed at UBC for his residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. During this time, he obtained another degree in Masters in Health Sciences concentrating on study design and epidemiology. He spent particular time training under Drs. Amin Javer and Arif Janjua in Rhinology as a resident. He was awarded the Dr. I.B. Holubitsky Memorial Award for demonstrating the highest of surgical excellence at UBC.

Dr. Thamboo was subsequently accepted to the most coveted Rhinology and Skull Base Fellowship at Stanford University. He trained under Drs. Peter Hwang, Jayakar Nayak and Zara Patel, and after spending a few years at Stanford, he was recruited back to the UBC.

Dr. Thamboo medically and surgically manages chronic sinusitis and sinonasal tumors at St. Paul’s Sinus Centre and Surrey Memorial Hospital. He also has a cross appointment with Vancouver General Hospital and Royal Columbian Hospital performing skull base procedures with the Neurosurgery team. Dr. Thamboo is the Research Director of the St. Paul’s Sinus Centre. In collaboration with Respirologists, he has a lab associated with Heart and Lung Institute. Dr. Thamboo has an interest in areas of unified airway hypothesis, upper airway physiology, office based rhinology and outcomes research. He is a recent recipient of Michael Smith Foundation Health Investigator Award.

Dr. Wright is a medical graduate of McGill University in Montreal. Quebec, where he also completed his residency in Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery. He completed an additional year of subspecialty training at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with Dr. David Kennedy, the North American pioneer of endoscopic sinus surgery. He practiced for nearly 8 years at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario) before being recruited to the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta) in 2007 to establish the Alberta Sinus Centre. He is currently a Professor (tenure) and Director of Postgraduate Education at the University of Alberta. He has had the pleasure of training 15 fellows in Rhinology/Anterior Skull Base Surgery.

Dr. Wright is a fellow of the American Rhinologic Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and an active fellow of the Triological Society from whom he received the prestigious Harris P. Mosher Award in 2007 for outstanding clinical research. Dr. Wright is a past President of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (2018) and served as co-editor- in-chief of the Journal of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery from 2007-2017. He serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Rhinology as well as International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology, and has served on the Examination Board for Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has also served as Residency Program Director at both the University of Western Ontario and the University of Alberta and is currently the Chair of the Royal College Specialty Committee for Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery.

Dr. Wright is extensively published with over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and 9 book chapters. His research interests include: outcomes research in rhinosinusitis, endoscopic management of sinonasal tumours, surgical management of non-allergic rhinitis, and the study of underlying mechanisms of chronic rhinosinusitis.

Erin wright Western Canadian Sinus Course Canada

Erin Wright

Course Co-Director,
University of Alberta
Dr Jonathan Yip Western Canadian Sinus Course Canada

Jonathan Yip

Course Co-Director,
University of Calgary

Dr. Jonathan Yip is a Clinical Lecturer in the Section of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Calgary, and is a Rhinologist based out of Rockyview General Hospital. He completed his medical degree and residency training at the University of Toronto before pursuing an advanced fellowship in Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery at Northwestern University (Chicago, IL, USA) under the mentorship of Drs. David Conley, Robert Kern, Kevin Welch and Bruce Tan. After fellowship, he returned to Toronto for three years before being recruited to the University of Calgary in 2022.

Dr. Yip’s clinical focus is in recalcitrant chronic rhinosinusitis, sinonasal tumours, and endoscopic skull base surgery (in collaboration with neurosurgery). His research interests include the development of quality metrics/indicators, as well as quality improvement and patient safety. He currently serves as the Quality Improvement and Safety Lead for the Section Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

In addition, Dr. Yip is active in teaching undergraduate and post-graduate trainees. As a trainee, he was voted by his co-residents as the “Resident Teacher of the Year” (2018), and recently was acknowledged as the “Faculty Teacher of the Year” in the Section of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Calgary (2023).

Dr. Janjua is a full-time faculty member and Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He completed his ENT residency training at the University of Toronto. He undertook further advanced fellowship training in Rhinology, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery st St. Joseph’s Hospital and the University Health Network in Toronto. For the last 10 years, Dr. Janjua has been simultaneously on staff at the Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH) in Vancouver and has a dedicated Rhinology practice specializing in Image-guided Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and the Endoscopic Management of Skull Base Pathologies.

Dr. Janjua is an active peer-reviewed researcher and the author of several book chapters on sinus surgery and skull base surgery. He has been an invited speaker at academic meetings and sinus & skull base surgical courses on 3 continents.

Dr. Janjua is a full-time surgical educator within the UBC Otolaryngology residency training program and has been the recipient of the ‘Surgical Teacher of the Year’ award twice in the last 5 academic years. Additionally, he is the Fellowship Director of the Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship Program at the Vancouver General Hospital

Arif-Janjua - Western Canadian Sinus Course Canada

Arif JANJUA

Invited Faculty
University of British Columbia
Christopher-Chin - Western Canadian Sinus Course Canada

Christopher J Chin

Invited Faculty
Dalhousie University

Dr Christopher J Chin attended medical school and residency in London, Ontario at Western University. He subsequently completed his fellowship in Rhinology. Anterior Skull Base Surgery, and Head and Neck Oncology at the University of Toronto. He has been a practicing otolaryngologist in Saint John, NB, since 2016 and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery. Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Dalhousie University. Saint John Campus. He is the Division Head of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Saint John Regional Hospital.

After completing his fellowship in rhinology and anterior skull base surgery in Toronto, he has helped launch the New Brunswick Neuropituitary clinic as well as the Multidisciplinary Airway Clinic for treatment of complex sinus disease. Dr Chin has published 40 peer-reviewed papers, 2 textbook chapters and is current chair of the Rhinology subgroup of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology

Dr. John Lee is Head of the Division of Rhinology and Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto based out of St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto. He completed his residency training at the University of Toronto before pursuing an advanced fellowship in rhinology and endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery at the University of Pennsylvania under the mentorship of Drs. David Kennedy, James Palmer, Alex Chiu and Noam Cohen. He subsequently completed a Master’s Degree in Heath Research Methodology from McMaster University.

Dr. Lee’s clinical and academic focus is advanced rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery. He has authored over 85 peer-reviewed publications, 14 book chapters and was the co-editor of the textbook “Handbook of Skull Base Surgery”. He has been an invited speaker at national and international scientific meetings and sinus surgery courses. Dr. Lee is a peer-reviewer for several rhinology journals and is on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy. He also created the first app (iOS/Android) specifically designed for reviewing pre-operative CT sinus anatomy prior to endoscopic sinus surgery (“Sinus Surgery CT Checklist”).

In addition to his clinical and research interests, Dr. Lee is highly Involved in teaching both undergraduate and post-graduate trainees. He has previously won both “Resident Teacher of the Year” and the “Resident Advocacy Award” from his department. In 2018, Dr. Lee was also the first faculty member from his department to ever win an “Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award” from the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario, one of only two distinctions given annually to any member from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

John Lee - Western Canadian Sinus Course Canada

John Lee

Invited Faculty
University of Toronto
Leigh Sowerby - Western Canadian Sinus Course Canada

Leigh Sowerby

Invited Faculty
Western University

Leigh Sowerby MD, MHM, FRCSC currently serves as an Associate Professor and the Division Head of Rhinology and Anterior Skull Base Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Western University. Dr. Sowerby completed his undergraduate degree at Bishop’s University in Quebec, before heading out west for medical school at the University of Calgary. He subsequently completed residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Western Ontario in 2011, followed by a fellowship in rhinology and anterior skull base surgery at the University of Alberta and a Masters Degree In Health Management from McMaster University during his first 3 years on faculty. Dr. Sowerby is cross-appointed to the Departments of Ophthalmology. Neurosurgery and the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Western University.

He is a fellow of both the Canadian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and the Triological Society and is an active member of several national and international societies. He has authored over 90 peer-reviewed papers. has lectured internationally on topics in rhinology, anterior skull base surgery and facial plastic surgery and is the Associate Editor for Rhinology with the Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Areas of active research include monoclonal antibody therapy, aspirin- exacerbated respiratory disease, COVID-19 and olfaction. Dr. Sowerby is also actively involved in international medical outreach in Guyana.