Dr. Ahmer A. Karimuddin

Dr. Ahmer A. Karimuddin, MD, MAEd, FRCSC

Dr. Ahmer Karimuddin is a colorectal surgeon working at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC. He is also Associate Director of the General Surgery Residency Training Program and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. He has special expertise in the management of cancer of the colon and rectum, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and proctology (hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fecal incontinence).


Dr. Karimuddin completed medical school at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario 2001. He completed general surgery training at the University of Saskatchewan in 2007, with a year completing a Masters in Adult Education, with a focus on surgical education and CanMEDS.

In 2007, he moved to Toronto to train as a subspecialist in colorectal surgery. He gained substantial expertise in all aspects of colorectal surgery, with research focusing on clinical outcomes of early rectal cancer.

After completing his fellowship, Dr. Karimuddin began practice in Victoria, BC where he established himself as a colorectal surgeon. While in Victoria, he established an Enhanced Recovery Colon Surgery Pathway, which has received much acclaim.

In 2012, he was recruited to join the group at St. Paul’s Hospital and Providence Health.


Within the field of colon and rectal surgery, Dr. Karimuddin has a particular interest in laparoscopic colorectal surgery, colorectal cancer, colonoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease and the pelvic pouch procedure. His research interests include patient outcomes (clinical and PROs) in these areas and ERAS pathways.


Dr. Karimuddin has maintained a strong focus on surgical education in his practice, and served for three years as the Discipline Specific Site Leader for Surgery at the Island Medical Program of the University of British Columbia.

He has received the Excellence in Clerkship Teaching award of the University of British Columbia twice (2009 and 2011), along with the Preceptor Teaching Excellence award (2012). He is currently the Assistant Program Director for the General Surgery residency program at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Karimuddin is one of three surgeons in the province who have completed the Training the Trainer program for colonoscopy.

Dr. Karimuddin is the President of the BCMA Section of General Surgery, and has served on multiple committees related to provision of surgical and medical care in British Columbia. He is currently the Surgical Lead for the British Columbia Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Collaborative.  He is an active member of the Colorectal Cancer Tumour Group, and has participated in development of Clinical Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer at the BC Cancer Agency. He is also involved in the development and maintenance of screening guidelines for colorectal cancer in BC.