St. Paul’s Hospital Surgeon Awarded Top 40 Under 40

Vancouver, May 5, 2009 — Providence Health Care is pleased to announce that Dr. Sam Wiseman, a general surgeon with St. Paul’s Hospital and a research scientist with the Genetic Pathology Evaluation Centre, is a recipient of a Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 TM Award for 2009.
Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 TM is a prestigious national award program, which annually honours 40 Canadians in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors under the age of 40. Designed to promote professional development, mentorship, and awareness, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 TM introduces leaders to the business community and the general public, and promotes them as role models for other aspiring young Canadians.

“It is an honor and a privilege to receive this award and I am especially proud to be representing Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia,” said Dr. Wiseman.

Dr. Wiseman joined the staff at St. Paul's Hospital in 2003 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of British Columbia.

“Dr. Wiseman’s recognition is no surprise to anyone who has had the pleasure of working with him at Providence,” said Dianne Doyle, President & CEO, Providence Health Care. “His passion and drive for research, and his collaborative spirit, epitomize the values and knowledge generation culture at our organization.”

While his clinical and basic research are focused on thyroid and parathyroid disease, Dr. Wiseman continues to study other human cancer types in the laboratory including breast, colon, rectal and lung cancers. His research has taken a translational approach, or applied new knowledge/discoveries learned in the laboratory, to address important clinical diagnostic, prognostic and treatment questions.

In 2005, Dr. Wiseman was the first surgeon in the history of British Columbia to receive the prestigious Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award. In 2007, Dr. Wiseman was selected from surgeons worldwide to receive the prestigious American College of Surgeons Travelling Fellowship to Japan.

Dr. Wiseman and his peers were selected from more than 1,100 nominees by an independent advisory board, comprised of 25 business leaders from across Canada. Honourees were chosen on five key criteria: vision and leadership; innovation and achievement; impact; community involvement and contribution; and strategy for growth.

Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 TM program is managed by founding sponsor, The Caldwell Partners International. In addition to The Caldwell Partners, national sponsors include Deloitte, National Bank Financial, The Globe and Mail, and Air Canada.

The 2009 award winners were featured in The Globe and Mail on May 1. Honourees will attend an Awards Ceremony to be held at Arcadian Court in Toronto on Tuesday, May 5, where they will be presented with their Top 40 Crystal Cube.

Providence Health Care is one of Canada's largest faith-based health care organizations, operating 14 health care facilities in Greater Vancouver. Guided by the principle “How you want to be treated,” PHC's 1,200 physicians and 6,000 staff deliver compassionate care to patients and residents in British Columbia.  Providence’s programs and services span the complete continuum of care and serve people throughout B.C. As a renowned academic health science leader, PHC operates one of two teaching hospitals in the province, performs cutting-edge research in more than 30 clinical specialties, and focuses its services on six “populations of emphasis”: cardio-pulmonary risks and illnesses, HIV/AIDS, mental health, renal risks and illness, specialized needs in aging and urban health. For more information on Providence Health Care, please visit our website at


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