Sebastien Gilbert, MD, FRCSC

Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief of Division of Thoracic Surgery, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Dr. Sebastien Gilbert is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Ottawa and Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery. He is also the Director of the Minimally Invasive Aerodigestive Surgery Program at The Ottawa Hospital which focuses on the endoscopic and surgical treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the airways, esophagus, and stomach.

Dr. Gilbert obtained his medical degree from McGill University in 1996. He completed his General Surgery training at Queens University and then successfully completed a residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He then pursued additional specialization in minimally invasive Thoracic Surgery and lung transplantation at that same institution. After working at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as a thoracic and transplant surgeon for several years, he joined The Ottawa Hospital in January 2010.

Dr. Gilbert’s primary focus is minimally invasive thoracic surgery, which is the application of bronchoscopy, esophagoscopy, thoracoscopy, and laparoscopy to the treatment of diseases of the lungs, esophagus and stomach. He is interested in the refinement and development of minimally invasive approaches to the treatment of diseases including lung and esophageal cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disease, hiatal hernia, and achalasia.

Throughout his career, Dr. Gilbert has remained actively involved in the training of surgical residents and fellows. He has contributed to the educational experience of our residents through the creation of a structured, thoracic anatomy and surgical skills laboratory at the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Center. Dr. Gilbert’s research interests include perioperative and oncologic outcomes in esophageal and lung cancer, and the development of novel, minimally invasive surgical approaches to diseases of the chest.