Ravi Sidhu, MD, M.Ed, FRACS(C)


Dr. Ravi Sidhu joined the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2004 after completing his surgical training, an MEd degree, and a two-year education research fellowship at the University of Toronto. He currently holds the position of Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education at UBC.

Dr. Sidhu’s clinical practice in vascular surgery is based at St. Paul’s Hospital. His academic and administrative duties have included many different spheres of education and scholarship.

Dr. Sidhu has served as the Surgical Foundations and Vascular Surgery Program Director at UBC, the Director of Postgraduate Education for the Department of Surgery, the Chair of the Education Committee for the Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery, the Chair of the Research Committee of the Association for Surgical Education, as well as the Chair of the Grant Review Committee for the Association for Surgical Education.

Research Interests

My research program is based on assessment of postgraduate trainees and practicing physicians, and focuses particularly on technical skills.


  • 2017 James IV Travelling Fellowship Award, James IV Association of Surgeons (2015)
  • Young Educators’ Award, The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (2011)
  • AD Forward Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, UBC (2009)
  • Program Director of the Year Award, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (2009)
  • Teacher of the Year Award, Association for Surgical Education (2008)


Torbeck L, Sidhu R, Smink DS, & Peyre SE. (2013). How to recruit, retain, and reap the rewards of working with PhD/EdD educators in surgery. Journal of Surgical Education, 70(2):212-216.

AlNassar S, Hajjar W, Rahal S, Clifton J, Finley R, & Sidhu R. (2012). The use of thoracoscopy to enhance medical students’ interest and understanding of thoracic anatomy. Annals of Thoracic Medicine, 7(3):145-148.

Wood L, Buczkowski A, Hameed M, & Sidhu R. (2010). Collateral damage? How does the addition of a new urgent surgical care service at a teaching hospital change the educational experience on other surgical services? Canadian Journal of Surgery, 53(2):119-25.

Sidhu RS, Hatala R, Barron S, Broudo M, Pachev G, & Page G. (2009). Reliability and acceptance for the mini-clinical evaluation exercise as a performance assessment of practicing physicians. Academic Medicine, 84(10):S113-S115.

Sidhu R, Chen J, Baxter K, & Wu H. (2009). Development of a comprehensive vascular skills assessment (CVSA) for surgical trainees. The American Journal of Surgery, 197(5):591-4.

Scott TM, Hameed SM, Evans DC, Simons RK, & Sidhu RS. (2008). Objective assessment of surgical decision-making in trauma after a laboratory-based course: Durability of cognitive skills. The American Journal of Surgical Pathology, 195(5):599-602.