Dr. Fariba Mohtashami M.D., F.R.C.S.C
Clinical Associate Professor
Head, Division of General Gynecology and Obstetrics
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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. She completed medical school and Ob/Gyn residency in Tehran, Iran and practiced as a consultant for five years before moving 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. She then gained her Canadian credentials after a 5-year residency at UBC, which she completed in 2009. She next completed a formal Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery with Dr. John Thiel, Regina from 2011 to 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 in gynaecology practice are: abnormal bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, pelvic organ prolapse, contraception, and urinary incontinence. She is one of a handful of gynaecology surgeons in BC selected to sit on the Robotics Surgery Advisory Committee, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UBC.
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 and the lower mainland of BC who wish to advance their skills in complex laparoscopic surgery. This has been recognised by several awards including: in 2019 by the “Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Practice Teaching”, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver; in 2018 by the “Dr. Mike Turko Surgical Teaching Award”, for Outstanding surgical teaching in the Residency Program; in 2016 by the Association of Academic Professionals in Obstetrics and Gynecology 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 Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery 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 tissue and tissue model 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).
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