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About Me

GENERAL SURGEON

Dr. Johal grew up in the lower mainland and pursued all of his training at the University of British Columbia. He completed a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biochemistry, followed by a medical degree and residency training in General Surgery.

Throughout residency he completed a number of award winning research projects. He also received the prestigious Frank B. Thompson Memorial Award recognizing a graduating resident who best exemplified the qualities of an outstanding clinical general surgeon.

He has also maintained a strong interest in surgical education and enjoys teaching and working with medical students and residents. His clinical practice encompasses caring for a breadth of diseases including but not limited to abdominal wall hernias, colon cancer and acute intra-abdominal illnesses.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Johal enjoys traveling, cycling, home improvement projects and spending time with his family.

Qualifications and Experience

Education and Training:

University of British Columbia
General Surgery Post-graduate Training Program 2012-2017

University of British Columbia
Doctor of Medicine 2008-2012

University of British Columbia
Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) 2003-2007

Medical Licenses:

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 2017

Professional Memberships:

Member, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Member, Doctors of British Columbia

Member, Canadian Association of General Surgeons

Member, College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia

Professional Experience:

Consultant General Surgeon
Clinical Instructor, UBC Department of Surgery
Burnaby Hospital
Burnaby, BC
2017-Present

Consultant General Surgeon
Clinical Instructor, UBC Department of Surgery
Mount Saint Joseph Hospital
Vancouver, BC
2018-Present

Major Awards:

UBC FB Thomson Award for Outstanding Clinical General Surgeon, 2017
Top Research Presentation, British Columbia Surgical Society, May 2016
Best Research Proposal, UBC General Surgery Residency Program, May 2013
George W. Leroux Memorial Scholarship in Surgical Clerkship, UBC Faculty of Medicine, Dec 2011
Summer Student Research Program, UBC Faculty of Medicine, June 2010
Summer Student Research Program, UBC Faculty of Medicine June 2006
UFCW International Scholarship, United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Sept 2003

Our Services

General Surgery

General Surgery

Inguinal Hernia

Inguinal Hernia

Ventral Hernia

Ventral Hernia

Umbilical Hernia

Umbilical Hernia

Colon Cancer

Colon Cancer

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Laparoscopic Appendectomy

Laparoscopic Appendectomy

Ano-Rectal Surgery

Ano-Rectal Surgery

Acute Care Surgery

Acute Care Surgery

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy

Gastroscopy

Gastroscopy

Faqs

What documents do I need to carry when I come for the first appointment? 2017-12-10T17:55:31+00:00

When you come for your first appointment you should bring along your valid provincial health card, a referral from your primary care physician, all the medical records pertaining to your condition such as X-ray reports, CT, MRI scan reports, laboratory test results, a list of current medications taken, and, if relevant, the report of any previous surgical procedures.

What conditions do general surgeons treat? 2017-12-10T17:55:06+00:00

General surgeons provide advanced, comprehensive surgical care, and can manage both routine and critically ill patients. Typically, a general surgeon takes care of a wide variety of patients with conditions such as a hernia, lymphoma, sarcoma, bowel obstruction, stomach and colon cancer, pancreatic and biliary tract cancer, multiple injuries due to trauma, vascular disorders, and malignancies in the head and neck region.

How long will my stay at the hospital be? 2017-12-10T17:54:40+00:00

Your stay at our hospital may vary as it depends on the kind of surgery performed, the type of anesthesia administered, and your specific needs. Most patients undergoing minor surgical procedures on an outpatient basis can return home within 1-3 hours after the surgery

What are the possible risks and complications of undergoing a surgery? 2017-12-10T17:54:05+00:00

Surgery is almost always associated with certain risks. That is why it is important to compare the benefits of the surgery against its risks. Your surgeon will provide information about the possible complications such as bleeding and infection, and regarding the potential side effects that may occur after the procedure. The methods of pain management after the procedure will be discussed by your surgeon. If any of these complications arise, immediate medical attention should be sought.

Should I discontinue taking my medications prior to surgery? 2017-12-10T17:53:39+00:00

Your surgeon will tell you what you need to do regarding your medications.
Yes, you may need to discontinue certain medications that you take regularly. Your surgeon will inform you about the medications to be stopped before a surgical procedure along with the time at which they should be stopped and when you can resume taking these following the surgery.

How is minimally invasive surgery beneficial? 2017-12-10T17:53:14+00:00

Minimally invasive surgery is beneficial because it reduces the post-operative discomfort and leaves a smaller scar.

Currently, minimally invasive procedures are most commonly chosen whenever surgical treatment is advised. The reason being, that this procedure offers several benefits to the patients. These include:

  • Significant reduction in post-operative pain
  • Lesser blood loss
  • Lesser scarring
  • Shorter recovery period
  • Faster return to normal routine
  • Better clinical outcome
What can I expect at my first visit? 2017-12-10T17:52:35+00:00

On your first visit, you can expect to go through a physical examination, to talk to the surgeon about your medical history, and to perform the tests that the surgeon thinks are necessary.

Contact Us

Please note we have two office locations

Burnaby Office Address

107-3825 Sunset St Burnaby, BC V5G 1T4
Metered parking available on Sunset Street.

Contact Details

Phone: (604) 423-3620
Fax: (604) 423-3621
Email: info@drjohal.com

Consulting Hours

  • Monday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

Vancouver Office Address

Proctology Patients ONLY once seen in Burnaby Office

Centro Medical and Surgical Center
4610 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3R7
Free parking is located on Main street and 30th Avenue

Contact Details

Phone: 604-559-8811
Fax: 604-559-8808
Email: info@drjohal.com

Consulting Hours

  • Monday 9 am – 5 pm
  • Tuesday 9 am – 5 pm
  • Wednesday 9 am – 5 pm
  • Thursday 9 am – 5 pm
  • Friday 9 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
  • Due to Covid-19

    • For everyone’s safety, Dr. Johal is seeing patients by Telemedicine when appropriate.
    • Office appointments have resumed. Please review your appointment instructions carefully prior to your office visit.
    • Elective surgery and endoscopy procedures have now resumed at the hospital, however, due to a significant reduction in resources during the pandemic, there may be a delay in booking.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.