Dr. Cliff Yaffe completed his General Surgery Residency at the University of Manitoba in 1981 followed by a GI Fellowship at McGill University. Dr. Yaffe first joined the Department of Surgery, Section of General Surgery in 1986 as an Assistant Professor of Surgery. Dr. Yaffe was Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program from 1996 to 2008 and the Surgical Foundations Director from 2003 to 2012. Dr. Yaffe also served as Deputy Head of the Section of General Surgery at St. Boniface Hospital from 1998 to 2014 as well as Regional Lead Section of General Surgery for the WRHA Surgery Program from 2009 to 2014.

Dr. Yaffe’s involvement with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada started in 1997. He has been active in the Royal College as a current on-site RCPSC surveyor. He previously served as an examiner for General Surgery (2005 – 2016) and as a member of the General Surgery Examination Board (1997 – 2006) and Test Committee in General Surgery (1997 – 2001). He also served as an examiner for Colorectal Surgery (1997 – 2001) and as a member of the Specialty Committee in Colorectal Surgery (1997 – 2002, 2008 – 2013), Colorectal Surgery Examination Board (1997 – 2002, 2008 – 2013), Colorectal Surgery Examination Board (2008 – 2013), and the Surgical Foundations Advisory Committee (2008 – 2014).

Currently, Dr. Yaffe is an active staff member at St. Boniface Hospital as well as the Health Sciences Centre. Involvement in professional societies includes The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, and the Canadian Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, to name a few. Dr. Yaffe has retired from clinical practice which focused on colorectal surgery and general surgery. Dr. Yaffe’s term as the Associate Dean for Postgraduate Medical Education at the University of Manitoba, a position that he held since November 2011, ended on December 31, 2022.

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