Dr. Elspeth McDougall

Dr. Elspeth McDougall
Dr. Elspeth McDougall


Undergraduate: University of Alberta
Medical School: University of Calgary
Residency: Holy Cross Hospital, Ottawa Civic, and Ottawa General Hospitals

Fellowship: 1) Endourology (ESWL) Washington University, St. Louis, MO; 2) Learning and Teaching: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Master of Health Professions Education: University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL


Professor, Department of Urologic Sciences, UBC (retired)

Provincial Coordinator of Health Simulation Education, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Dr. McDougall joined the University of British Columbia, Department of Urologic Sciences faculty in February 2013 to continue her clinical work in renal stone disease and as the Provincial Coordinator of Health Simulation Education with the Faculty of Medicine. She is internationally recognized for her laboratory and clinical research in urologic laparoscopic surgery and for teaching courses on fundamental and advanced endourological, laparoscopic, robotic surgery techniques.

Dr. McDougall completed her medical and residency training at the University of Calgary and the University of Ottawa in Canada, and then undertook a fellowship in endourology and extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) with Dr. Ralph Clayman at Washington University School of Medicine. She joined the faculty at Washington University Medical School in 1991, where she spent nine years in academic urology. Subsequently, she developed the Endourology/Laparoscopic Urology Program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, during her tenure there as Professor of Urologic Surgery. In 2002 she became Professor of Urology at the University of California, Irvine where she developed the ongoing, five-day mini-residency training program in minimally invasive urologic surgery for post-graduate urologists. In addition, she served as the Director of the Surgical Education Center and Associate Dean of Simulation and Medical Education during which she helped create a robust multidisciplinary and integrated health professional education program at UC Irvine. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (Urology) and certified with the American Board of Urology. Dr. McDougall has published more than 240 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous book chapters. She is the co-editor of two textbooks on laparoscopic surgery. In 2008, Dr. McDougall successfully completed a Masters in Health Profession Education from the University of Chicago at Illinois.

Dr. McDougall has been chairperson of the American Urological Association (AUA) Laparoscopy Committee and coordinated the Ad Hoc Surgical Simulation Group with the American Urological Association. She is in her fourth year of serving as Chair of the American Urological Association Office of Education and has agreed to serve another 4 year term in this leadership role. In this position she oversees all aspects of the educational programs and activities of the AUA. She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Endourology and the Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. She is Past President of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons and was awarded the Excel Award by this multidisciplinary surgical society in 2007. She is an elected member to the prestigious American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons.