2022 CAG Visiting Clinical Professor


Professor of Medicine

Chair, Division of Gastroenterology, Queen’s University

Medical Director for Endoscopy, Kingston Health Sciences Centre


Dr. Hookey completed medical school training at Memorial University of Newfoundland, followed by Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology training at Queen's University. He then spent two years between Free University of Brussels in Belgium and the Paoli Calmettes Centre in Marseille, France completing a clinical research fellowship in advanced therapeutic endoscopy and clinical trials (CIHR-CAG-Solvay fellowship). Upon return to Kingston and Queen's University in 2005 he established a clinical research program focussing on endoscopy quality, outcomes, and education. He was the Program Director for the GI training program for 7 years, has served as Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) Endoscopy lead and Vice President, Clinical Affairs, is a Fellow of CAG, and is now CAG president elect. He has served as Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology since 2016, and as Medical Director of the Endoscopy units at Kingston Health Sciences Centres for over 10 years.


Potential topics of presentation:

  • Pancreatitis: sub-topics:
    • a) How far to investigate the elusive idiopathic AP,
    • b) Managing complications of AP,
    • c) Prevention of post ERCP pancreatitis,
    • d) Diagnosis and management of Chronic pancreatitis
  • Quality in your endoscopy unit:
    • a) Applying guidelines to your practice and unit,
    • b) Preparation for colonoscopy- will there ever be a magic bullet?
    • c) Recognition and management of post-pandemic wait time and burn out issues.
  • Education:
    • a) My journey as an educator to education researcher and the challenges within,
    • b) Teaching in endoscopy- a science in itself,
    • c) Reference letters for residency- can’t we do better?


Selected publications:


1. Bielawska B, Hookey LC, Sutradhar R, Whitehead M, Xu J, Paszat LF, Rabeneck L, Tinmouth J. Anesthesia Assistance in Outpatient Colonoscopy and Risk of Aspiration Pneumonia, Bowel Perforation, and Splenic Injury. Gastroenterology. 2018 Jan;154(1):77-85.


2. Hookey L, Louw J, Wiepjes M, Rubinger N, Van Weyenberg S, Day AG, Paterson W. Lack of benefit of active preparation compared with a clear fluid-only diet in small-bowel visualization for video capsule endoscopy: results of a randomized, blinded, controlled trial. Gastrointest Endosc 2017;85(1)187-193.

3. Melicharkova A, Flemming J, Vanner S, Hookey L. Low residue breakfast improves patient tolerance without impacting quality of low volume colon cleansing prior to colonoscopy: a randomized trial. Am J Gastroenterol 2013;108(4):1551-1555.

4. Colonoscopy Trainers Experience Greater Stress During Insertion than Withdrawal: Implications for Endoscopic Curricula. Lemke M, Banwell A, Rubinger N, Wiepjes M, Ropeleski M, Vanner S, Hookey L. J Can Assoc Gastroenterol. 2019 Nov 23;4(1):15-20.




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