Dr. Neely Panton


General Surgeon

Dr. O.N.M Panton was born on the Cayman Islands where he completed elementary, secondary, and a post-secondary education studies. He pursued his medical education at the University of the West Indies, completing his training in 1977, going on to a year of internship followed by a year of surgical residency at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

He enrolled in the Surgical Residency Program of the University of British Columbia in 1979 completing surgical residency in 1984.

Dr. Panton practiced as a community surgeon joining the General Surgery staff at the University of British Columbia Hospital in 1999 becoming the Interim Surgical Director of that site in 2002. He was cross appointed at the Vancouver Acute Hospital in 2003 and has been the Head of the Division of General Surgery at both hospital sites since 2003. He was appointed Head of the Division of General Surgery at the University of British Columbia in July of 2008.

Dr. Panton was trained to perform diagnostic laparoscopy as a Surgical Resident and embraced these techniques which served him well as a community surgeon. At the beginning of the laparoscopic revolution in the late 1980s, he was quick to acquire training working with Dr. Eddie Joe Reddick in Nashville in September of 1990, subsequently introducing laparoscopic cholecystectomy and appendectomy in his practice as a community surgeon in 1991. In November of 1991 he worked with the late Dr. Carl Zucker and his colleagues in Baltimore doing an advanced laparoscopic course, and in July of 1992 he introduced laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair, laparoscopic colectomy and laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication in his surgical practice. Later that year he also introduced laparoscopic bile duct exploration and splenectomy.

In 1993 he began to perform laparoscopic rectal cancer surgery. Shortly after joining the staff at The University of British Columbia Hospital he introduced laparoscopic adrenalectomy, splenectomy, colorectal resections, abdominal wall reconstruction, inguinal hernia repair and Nissen fundoplication at that site. He subsequently performed laparoscopic gastric surgery and trans-anal endoscopic rectal surgery at the Vancouver General Hospital.

In addition to clinical and administrative responsibilities, he continues to participate in the Undergraduate and Post-graduate Education Programs at The University of British Columbia. For the last 20 years he has supported his colleagues at multiple sites at the University of the West Indies as Visiting Professor. He has contributed equipment to developing their laparoscopic surgery services and more recently to the establishment of a surgical skills training centre at the Mona Campus in Kingston, Jamaica. He was appointed Honorary Visiting Professor.

He has also donated equipment to the Cayman Islands Hospital in Georgetown, Grand Cayman, and delivered a substantial amount of medical supplies and surgical equipment to provide relief for the people of the Cayman Islands after the Islands were ravaged by Hurricane Ivan.

He was invited to the Sultan Qaboos University in Oman in June 2015 and 2016 as External Examiner for the Final Medical Exams.

He and his wife Rhona have two sons. The eldest, Giles, an actor, is married to Jocelyn. The youngest, Boyd, PhD, a mechanical engineer, is engaged to Cyrille.

Dr. Neely Panton is accredited by the following institutions:

  • British Columbia Medical Association
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Canadian Association of General Surgeons

Memberships and Affiliations

  • UBC Department of Surgery Executive Committee
  • Head, Division of General Surgery, UBC
  • Colo-Proctology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, London, England
  • British Columbia Medical Association Executive Member, General Surgical Section
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • Canadian Association of General Surgeons
  • The Society of American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Founding Member of the Caribbean Association of Endoscopic Surgeons
  • North Pacific Surgical Association Executive Council
  • Member of the Executive, Canadian Chapter of the UWI Medical Alumni Association

Academic Qualifications

  • FRCS(c) in General Surgery   Royal College of Physicians Ottawa, Ontario November 23, 1983
  • Residency in General Surgery  University of British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia 1979-1984
  • Intership in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Internal Medicine University of the West Indies Kingston, Jamaica 1977-1978
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery University of the West Indies Kingston, Jamaica 1972-1977
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences University of the West Indies Kingston, Jamaica 1971-1972

Achievements & Awards

  • UBC General Surgery Resident Education Committee. Annual CaRMS Interviews (2007 – present)
  • Acting Head, Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, UBC (2007 – present)
  • Co-director, UBC General Surgery MIS Fellowship Program (2008)
  • Head of the Surgical Committee, Delta Hospital (1988 – 1999)
  • Vice President, medical staff, Delta Hospital (1996 – 1998)
  • Head, Division of General Surgery, Vancouver Acute Hospital & UBC Hospital (2003 – present)
  • MIS General Surgery Service Chief, Vancouver Acute Hospital (2004 – 2006)
  • Certificate of Recognition, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, UBC (1987)
  • Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of support for surgical education and training in the College of Medicine, Sultan Qaboos University (2015)
  • SAGES Coin to recognize “Tireless commitment to improving the quality of patient care in British Columbia through the leadership and training of surgeons in minimally invasive surgery” (2014)

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