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. Fariba 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 Saint 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.

 

Dr. Mohtashami holds a strong interest in gynecologic surgery and pelvic floor reconstruction. 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 abnormal uterine bleeding and uterine fibroids.

 

She is passionate about surgical education and emphasizes surgical fundamentals and pelvic anatomy, and is actively involved in teaching gynecology residents at UBC. She is a preceptor for her surgeon colleagues in Vancouver who wish to advance their skills in complex laparoscopic surgery. This has been recognized by several awards including in 2018 by the “UBC Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Teaching Award”; 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 Minimal Invasive Surgery Workshop.

 

Dr. Fariba Mohtashami is a Fundamental of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) Certified Proctor, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). 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). She chairs post-graduate courses and workshops both Internationally and Nationally on laparoscopic suturing and live animal and cadaver labs, and is Invited Faculty in the Annual AAGL “Advanced Workshop on Gynecologic Laparoscopic Anatomy and Minimally Invasive Surgery Including Pelvic floor Reconstruction” and in the European Union by the Dutch Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and consults for Johnson & Johnson and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of Hologic, Toronto, Canada.

 

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).

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.

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

Subject

COMP

$

Year

Principal

Co-Investigator(s)

Agency

 

 

Per Year

 

Investigator

 

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

 

USD

10,000

 

17

F. Mohtashami

 

Boston Scientific

 

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

 

CAD 5,000

 

17

F. Mohtashami

 

Ethicon

 

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

 

CAD

2,000

 

17

F. Mohtashami

 

Medtronic

Advanced Workshop on Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery in Live Pig

 

CAD 15,000

18

F. Mohtashami

 

Baxter

Advanced Workshop on Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery in Live Pig

 

CAD 15,000

18

F. Mohtashami

 

AWARDS FOR TEACHING

UBC Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Teaching Award 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