The colorectal surgery team at St. Paul’s enrolls one fellow each year into a two-year fellowship program, consisting of one clinical year and one non-clinical year. 

The clinical year of training is at St. Paul’s Hospital, while the non-clinical year consists of classes at UBC.

For details, please see here.

Current Fellows:

Dr. Christine Li

Dr. Christine Li completed her undergraduate and medical school training at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She then went on to complete General Surgery residency at the University of Alberta. She has been slowly moving further west and is now rounding off her training in Colorectal Surgery. 

Dr. Li will also be concurrently completing the Master of Health Administration program while here at UBC. Her research interests include surgical innovation, medical education, and addressing areas of need in surgery with a systems-based approach. She places a priority on mentorship within surgery and has been extremely lucky to work with many strong personal and professional mentors through her training. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with some of those very same mentors throughout her fellowship.


Dr. Olivia Hershorn

Dr. Olivia Hershorn is originally from Montreal, Quebec where she completed her medical school training at McGill University. Moving west, she joined the University of Manitoba for general surgery residency where she also completed a Master of Science in Surgery. Finally landing on the west coast, Olivia is excited to be joining the team at St. Paul’s Hospital to complete her training in colorectal surgery. 

Dr. Hershorn’s research focus has been in mixed-methods, applying quantitative and qualitative methodology to learn how to bridge the gap in communication amongst multidisciplinary specialists. 

She is interested in patient centered-care, enhancing communication and ally ship between care teams, and improving patient outcomes. 


Dr. Elizabeth Clement 

Dr. Elizabeth Clement hails from Edmonton, where she completed her residency in general surgery. Before that, she matriculated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where she completed medical school. She is thrilled to now be in Vancouver, BC, to finish her training in colorectal surgery.

Dr. Clement’s academic focus is on communication. Her research includes exploring the benefits of multidisciplinary rounds for both patients and doctors, as well as novel methods to explain operative and perioperative processes to patients. In addition, she has undertaken Harvard’s Media and Medicine course, where she is currently working on honing her writing skills in order to advance quality of care and improve the culture within our profession.

Fellowship Alumni:

Dr. Ameer Farooq

Dr. Humaid AlAdawi

Dr. Hyea Min Yoon

Dr. Reagan Robertson

Dr. François Letarte

Dr. Dilip Gill

Dr. Ryan McColl

Dr. Magdalena Recsky

Dr. Irene Schornagel

Dr. Thamer Al-Tayeb

Dr. François Rouleau Fournier