Indiana University, Indianapolis
Dr. Canal received his B.A. degree from Goshen College in 1978 and graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1983 with Highest Distinction. He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical society in 1982. His general surgery internship and residency were completed at Indiana University. He received the Surgical Socrates Award from the senior medical school class of 1988 as the outstanding teaching surgical resident of the year.
Dr. Canal joined the general surgical faculty at Indiana University in 1988 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Professor in 2007 and named the Frederic W. Taylor Professor of Surgery in 2007. He is currently the Associate Program Director of the General Surgery residency which oversees the education of over 60 housestaff officers. He is also the Chief of Service – Surgery at Wishard Hospital.
Dr. Canal has received numerous teaching awards including the
Chief Resident Teaching Award given to the faculty who had the most
influence in teaching the residents and the Teaching Award by the IU
trustees. He was voted one of the "Top Doctors" in Indianapolis. His
clinical interests include minimally invasive surgical techniques and
pioneered many procedures in use on the IU campus today. He also has
interest in surgical critical care and breast disease. He is a member
of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery, Midwest Surgical
Association and past president of the Indiana Chapter of the American
College of Surgeons.
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