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Waël Hanna


McMaster University
St. Joseph's Healthcare
50 Charlton E suite T2105F
Hamilton, ON  L8N 4A6
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Surgeon - Cardiothoracic


American University of Beirut, BSc-  magna cum laude (2001)
McGill University, MDCM- cum laude (2005)

Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC-Montreal), MBA summa cum laude (2008)
McGill University, General Surgery Residency (2005 – 2011)

University of Toronto, Thoracic Surgery Fellowship (2011 – 2013)
Harvard Medical School,
Global Clinical Scholar Research Program summa cum laude (2015-2016)



Other Interests


Chair, Program Committee, Canadian Surgery Forum (2020 – 2022)            
Vice-Chair, Program Committee, Canadian Surgery Forum
Director of Communications, Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons (2016-2018)
Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery (2011 – present)
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (2011 –present)                    
Member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2010 – present)    
Member of the American College of Surgeons (2009 – present)
Member of the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons
(2009 –present)                          
Member of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons (2008 – present)
Member of the Canadian Medical Association (2005 – present)
Member of the College des Medecins du Quebec (2005 – 2011)   


Dr. Hanna's clinical practice is centred around Thoracic Oncology. He works with patients of Lung Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, and Mediastinal Tumors, to provide the highest standards of surgical care. Dr. Hanna and his team perform highly complex Robotic Thoracic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS), Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) and Endoscopic UItrasound (EUS), and strive to offer the best surgical treatment in the safest way possible.

Dr Hanna's research practice is geared towards advancing the science of Lung Cancer Surveillance, Robotic Lung Cancer Surgery, and Quality Improvement in Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Hanna holds academic appointments at McMaster University’s Departments of Surgery and Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact. He leads a productive team of researchers that has contributed more than 44 peer-reviewed publications to the surgical literature, and counting. Dr. Hanna’s laboratory also trains future researchers who are completing their PhD, MSc, and BSc degrees at McMaster University. Dr. Hanna’s research focuses on the integration of technology and design with healthcare, in a way that enhances patient outcomes and improves lives before and after surgery. Dr. Hanna also sits on the editorial board of the prominent Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (JTCVS), as the only general (non-cardiac) thoracic surgeon to be elected from Canada. Highly qualified individuals who are looking for research training with Dr. Hanna and his lab are encouraged to contact his office to discuss any potential opportunities.


Additional Educational Information


  • Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery
    McMaster University (2018 – Present)        
  • Associate Member, Department of Health Methodology, Evidence and Impact, McMaster University (2016 – Present)      
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery McMaster University (2013 – 2018)