Biography

Dr. Fariba Mohtashami is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, where she is Head, Division of General Gynecology and Obstetrics. Dr. Mohtashami completed her medical degree, specialist training and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1997 in Tehran before immigrating to Canada in 2002. In Vancouver she was a clinical trainee/teaching fellow at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Paul’s hospital for 1.5 years. At the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, she gained her Canadian credentials after a 5-year residency, which she completed in 2009. At the completion of OB/GYN residency she received the “Laparoscopy Award”, presented to the Chief Resident exhibiting the best proficiency in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. She next completed a formal Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery with Dr. John Thiel, Regina in 2012. She was recently appointed as a Gynecologist at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 

Dr. Mohtashami holds a strong interest in gynecologic surgery and pelvic floor reconstruction with a personal Technicity Index of 97%. She is one of few gynecologic surgeons in British Columbia who performs advanced pelvic floor reconstruction surgeries such as mesh sacrocolpopexy and hysterosacropexy through laparoscopy. Her other areas of interests are uterine fibroids and endometriosis.

 

Dr. Fariba Mohtashami is a Fundamental of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) Certified Proctor by the Society of the American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). She is passionate about surgical education with emphasis on the FLS concepts including anatomy, dissection, electrosurgery and suturing. She is actively involved in teaching gynecology residents at UBC through biannual pig labs, academic half-days, and mentorship for OR electives that is now one of the most saught after surgical electives in the program. She is a highly qualified preceptor for her colleagues in the Providence Health Care, Fraser Health, and Vancouver Coastal Health Authorities who are advancing their skills in complex laparoscopic surgery. Her passion for surgical education has been recognized by several awards including: in 2019 by the Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Practice Teaching, UBC, Faculty of Medicine; by the Dr. Mike Turko Surgical Teaching Award for outstanding surgical teaching in the UBC Residency Program; in 2016 by the Association of Academic Professionals in Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada (APOG) Carl Nimrod Award for Surgical Mentorship; and also in 2016 by the APOG Best Preceptor Award at the Annual APOG Minimally Invasive Surgery Workshop.

 

She is regular Chair-Person, Invited Speaker and Invited Faculty at a variety of National and International Conferences organized by the American Association of Laparoscopic Gynecologists (AAGL); and in Canada by APOG and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) and Canadian Society for the Advancement of Gynecologic Excellence (CanSAGE). She chairs post-graduate courses and workshops both Internationally and Nationally on Advanced Cadaveric Anatomy courses, live animal labs, and laparoscopic suturing, and was invited to perform live surgeries (3) at the 2018 Cape Town O&G Update Conference. She is Invited Faculty in the European Union by the Dutch Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is a member of the 2019 Scientific Program Committee of AAGL Global Congress in Vancouver. 

 

In her academic research Dr. Fariba Mohtashami is the Clinical Translation partner for ongoing CIHR funded Research Project and Foundation Grants on “Translating New Biomarkers as Diagnostic Tests for Preterm Labor” and also the human placenta proteome for the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO), Human Proteome Project (HPP).

Publications

Journals
(* Senior / communicating author).

Justin Mui, Lila Gottenbos, Christine Liu, Samar Hejazi, and Fariba Mohtashami* (2019). Increasing the Technicity Index to 92% in a Community Hospital: A Five-Year Retrospective Review. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jogc.2019.02.003

Fariba Mohtashami* (2018). The Wicker Basket Trainer and Paper Cup Vaginal Cuff Module: A Simple Inexpensive Simulator for Laparoscopic Closure of Vaginal Cuff (in review).

Fariba Mohtashami*, Allison Thiele, Erwin Karreman, and John A. Thiel (2014). Comparing Technical Dexterity of Sleep-Deprived Versus Intoxicated Surgeons. Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons 18, (4), e2014.00142  1-7.

Fariba Mohtashami* and Huse Kamencic (2013). Enigmatic Pregnancy. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada 35, (1).

Fariba Mohtashami*, Peter von Dadelszen, and Catherine Allaire (2011). A Surgical Virtual Reality Simulator Distinguishes Between Expert Gynecologic Laparoscopic Surgeons and Perinatologists. Journal of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons 5, 365-372.

 

Conference Proceedings and Abstracts
Oral Presenter in bold.

Justin Mui, Lila Gottenbos, Christine Liu, Samar Hejazi, and Fariba Mohtashami* (2018). Increasing the Technicity Index to 92% in a Community Hospital: A Five-Year Retrospective Review. 1st CanSAGE Conference, Program and Abstracts.

Justin Mui, Lila Gottenbos, Christine Liu, Samar Hejazi, and Fariba Mohtashami* (2018). Increasing the Technicity Index to 92% in a Community Hospital: A Five-Year Retrospective Review. 47th AAGL Global Congress, Program and Abstracts.

Mohtashami, F., Thiele, A., Karreman, E., and Thiel, J.A. (2015). Comparing Technical Dexterity of Sleep Deprived Versus Drunk Surgeons. 71st AGM SOGC Program and Abstracts.

Mohtashami, F., Thiele, A., Karreman, E., and Thiel, J.A. (2013). Drunk Surgeons: Does Sleep Deprivation Affect Simulated Laparoscopic Performance of Gynaecologic Surgeons Similar to Alcohol Intoxication? 42nd AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology Program and Abstracts.

Thiel, J.A., Mohtashami, F., and Briggs, M. (2012). Evaluation of Previously Failed Treatments for Menorrhagia Prior to the NovaSure® Endometrial Ablation Procedure. 41St AAGL Global Congress Program and Abstracts.

Mohtashami, F., von Dadelszen, P., and Allaire, C. (2008). Construct Validity of SurgicalSim: Can the SurgicalSim Virtual Reality Simulator Distinguish Between Expert Gynecologic Laparoscopic Surgeons and Perinatologists? 64th AGM SOGC Program and Abstracts.

Grants

 

Granting Agency

Subject

COMP

$

Per Year

Year

Principal Investigator

Co-Investigator(s)

Fred Bryans Endowment

Surgical Video Library

C

CAD 12,000

19

F. Mohtashami

 

Olympus

Advanced Retroperiotoneal Surgical Anatomy

NC

USD 5,000

19

F. Mohtashami

 

Medtronic

Advanced Retroperiotoneal Surgical Anatomy

NC

CAD 15,000

19

F. Mohtashami

 

Hologic

Advanced Retroperiotoneal Surgical Anatomy

NC

CAD 5,000

19

F. Mohtashami

 

Boston Scientific

Advanced Retroperiotoneal Surgical Anatomy

NC

CAD 5,000

19

F. Mohtashami

 

Medtronic

Advanced Workshop on Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery in Live Pig

NC

CAD 15,000

18

F. Mohtashami

 

Baxter

Advanced Workshop on Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery in Live Pig

NC

CAD 15,000

18

F. Mohtashami

 

Boston Scientiic

Advanced Workshop on Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery in Live Pig

NC

CAD 5,000

18

F. Mohtashami

 

Hologic

Advanced Workshop on Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery in Live Pig

NC

CAD 5,000

18

F. Mohtashami

 

Stryker

Advanced Workshop on Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery in Live Pig

NC

CAD 5,000

18

F. Mohtashami

 

Cooper Surgical

Advanced Workshop on Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery in Live Pig

NC

CAD 600

18

F. Mohtashami

 

C.I.H.R.

 

COMET: Composite Outcomes of Mesh vs suture Techniques for prolapse repair: A randomized controlled multicentre trial

 

C

 

18

R. Geoffrion

J. Singer

L. Brotto

W. Zhang Collaborators:

F. Mohtashami

D. Lazare

G. Cundiff

C. Elwood

M. Hyakutake

E.-J. Walter

M. Larouche

C.I.H.R.

Awarded, but declined in favour of Foundation Grant to C.M.O.

Proteomic Biomarkers of Prematurity

C

$256,000

$256,000

$256,000$256,000$256,000

16-17

17-18

18-19

19-20

20-21

C.M. Overall

F. Mohtashami

Olympus

 

(MED-GYN-846)

Advanced Workshop on Gynecologic Laparoscopic Anatomy and Surgical Treatment of Apical Prolapse

NC

USD

10,000

 

17

F. Mohtashami

 

Boston Scientific

 

Advanced Workshop on Gynecologic Laparoscopic Anatomy and Surgical Treatment of Apical Prolapse

NC

CAD 2,500

 

17

F. Mohtashami

 

Ethicon

 

Advanced Workshop on Gynecologic Laparoscopic Anatomy and Surgical Treatment of Apical Prolapse

NC

CAD

2,000

 

17

F. Mohtashami

 

Awards for Teaching

2019 Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Practice Teaching, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, October 2019.

Dr. Mike Turko Surgical Teaching Award, For outstanding surgical teaching in the Residency Program, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UBC, Vancouver, BC, Canada.  May 2018

2016 APOG Carl Nimrod Award for Excellence in Education
Association of Academic Professionals in Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada (APOG)
45th Annual Meeting of Association of Academic Professionals in Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada
Toronto, ON, Canada December 2016

Best Preceptor Award
Association of Academic Professionals in Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada (APOG)
Annual APOG Minimal Invasive Surgery Workshop, Markham, ON, Canada December 2015

 

Awards for Scholarship

Laparoscopy Award
Presented to the Chief Resident exhibiting the Best Proficiency in Minimally Invasive Surgery

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UBC, Vancouver, BC, Canada June 2009

Dr. Charles Carpenter Award for an Outstanding Presentation
“Construct Validity of SurgicalSim”
Annual Academic Day, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UBC, Vancouver, BC, Canada March 2008

Stump the Professor Award
“The Best Annual Gynecologic Case”
61st AGM Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC), Calgary, AB, Canada June 2005