David F. Canal, MD

Frederic W. Taylor Professor of Surgery
Program Director, IU General Surgery Residency
Medical Director of Specialty Care, Wishard Memorial Hospital
Chief of Service - Surgery, Wishard Memorial Hospital

Specialty: General Surgery
Residency: Indiana University


David Canal, MD, Frederic W. Taylor Professor of Surgery, graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1983, with highest distinction and completed general surgical training and joined the IU General Surgery faculty in 1988.  He is a pioneer of minimally invasive surgical techniques and developed the laparoscopic program at Indiana University. He has taught many residents and surgeons throughout the State of Indiana basic and advanced laparoscopic techniques.  He has pioneered the use of the daVinci Robotic assist device for general surgeons in the State of Indiana.  He has also had tremendous interest in resident education and presently serves as the Program Director of the IU General Surgery Residency program.  Dr. Canal is the Chief of Service-Surgery at Wishard/Eskenazi Health and is the Medical Director of Specialty Care.  His surgical career has spanned broad-based general surgical procedures and continues with a focus on breast care.


IU Health Physicians


IU Health Methodist/IU Health University

Location Information

IU Health University Hospital, Surgery OP Clinic

550 N University Blvd., UH 1295

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Eskenazi Health Outpatient Care Center

720 Eskenazi Ave., 3rd Floor Surgery Clinic

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Clinical Interests


Accepting New Patients

Schedule an Appointment  Clinical Trials

Clinical Research Interests: Surgical Education, Minimally Invasive Surgery


  1. Waters JA, Canal DF, Wiebke EA, Dumas RP, Beane JD, Aguilar-Saavedra JR, Ball CG, House MG, Zyromski NJ, Nakeeb A, Pitt HA, Lillemoe KD, Schmidt CM. Robotic distal pancreatectomy: cost effective?. Surgery. 2010 Oct;148(4):814-23.
  2. Zyromski N, Torbeck L, Canal D, Lillemoe K, Pitt H:  Incorporating an HPB fellowship does not diminish surgical residents’ HPB experience in a high volume training program.  AHPBA Annual Meeting March 12-15, 2009 Miami Beach, Florida.*
  3. Torbeck, L, Canal, D: Remediation Practices For Residents: Am J Surg 2009 197, 397-402.*
  4. Canal DF, Torbeck L, Djuricich A:  Practice-Based Learning and Improvement; A Curriculum in Continuous Quality Improvement for Surgery Residents.  Arch Surg 2007; 142:479-483. *
  5. Khan MH, Howard TJ, Fogel EL, Sherman S, McHenry L, Watkins JL, Canal DF, Lehman GA: Frequency of Biliary Complications After Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Detected by ERCP: Experience at a Large Tertiary Referral Center.  Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2007 Feb, Vol 65, (2): 247-252. *
  6. Brown JA, Canal D, Sundaram CP: Optimal-access visual obturator trocar entry into desufflated abdomen during laparoscopy: assessment after 96 cases.  J Endourol. 2005 Sep;19(7):853.5.*
  7. Schmidt CM, Powell ES, Yiannouitsos CT, Howard TJ, Wiebke EA, Wiesenauer CA, Baumgardner JA, Cummings OW, Jacobson L, Broadie TA, Canal DA, Goulet  RJ, Curie EA, Cardenes H, Watkins JM, Loehrer PJ, Lillemoe KD, Madura JA. Pancreaticoduodenectomy: A 20-year Experience in 516 patients.  Arch Surg  2004 July;139(7):718-727.  *
  8. Madura JA, Canal DF, Lehman GA: Wallstent Enhanced Puestow For Small Duct Pancreatitis. Arch Surg. 2003 Jun:138(6):644-650. *
  9. Kalayci C, Aisen A, Canal D, Fogel E, Sherman S, Wiebke E, Stockberger S, Lehman G: Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography documents bile leak after cholecystectomy in patients with aberrant right hepatic duct where ERCP fails.  Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 52(2):277-281, 2000. *
  10. Kratzer SS, Cramer HM, Reynolds HE, Sea IS, Canal DF: Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology of Cystic Hypersecretory Ductal Carcinoma In Situ of the Breast: A Case Report.  Diagnostic Cytopathology 20(3):160-163, 1998. *
  11. Fiore NF, Ledniczky G, Wiebke EA, Broadie TA, Pruitt AL, Goulet RL, Grosfeld JL, Canal DF: An Analysis of Perioperative Cholangiography in One Thousand Laparoscopic Cholecystectomies. Surgery 122(4):817-823, October 1997.
  12. Kochman ML, Wiersema MJ, Hawes RH, Canal DF, Wiersema L: Preoperative Diagnosis of Cystic Lymphangioma of the Colon by Endoscopic Ultrasound. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 45(2):204-206, February 1997. *
  13. Jones R, Canal D, Inman M, Rescorla F: Laparoscopic Fundoplication: A Three-Year Review.  Am Surgeon 62(8):632-636, August 1996. *
  14. Wiebke E, Pruitt A, Howard T, Jacobson L, Broadie T, Goulet R, Canal D: Conversion of       Laparoscopic to Open Cholecystectomy – An analysis of risk factors.  Surgical Endoscopy 10(7):742-745, July 1996. *
  15. Canal DF, Barrett BJ: Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy is successful in 92% of patients with Biliary Dyskinesia.  Reports from the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons(SAGES),  March 1995 Meeting in Orlando, Florida.  Laparoscopic Surgery Update 1(3):56, May 1995.
  16. Canal, DF, Broadie, TA: Results of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy for the Treatment of Gallstone Pancreatitis.  Am Surg 60(7):497-499, July 1994. *
  17. Cikrit, DF, Dalsing, MC, Sawchuk, AP, Lalka, SG, Harl, MJ, Canal, DF, Goulet, RG, Madura, JA:  Vascular Injuries during Pancreatobiliary Surgery.  Am Surg 59(10):692-697, October 1993. *
  18. Hammond JC, Canal DF, Broadie TA: Nonoperative Management of Adult Blunt Hepatic Trauma in a Municipal Trauma Center.  Am Surg, 58:9; 551-556, Sept 1992. *
  19. Plaisier BR, McCarthy MC, Canal DF, Solotkin KC, Broadie TA:  Autotransfusion in Trauma:  Comparing Two Systems, Am Surg 58:9; 562-566, Sept 1992. *
  20. Lipschutz JH, Canal DF, Hawes RH, Ruffolo TA, Besold MA, Lehman GA: Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy and ERCP with Sphincterotomy in an Elderly Patient with Situs Inversus.  Am J of Gastro, 87:2; 218-220, Feb 1992.  *
  21. Klee LW, Brito CG, Dreeson RG, Bihrle R, Canal DF, Foster RS:  Laparoscopic Spermatic Vein Ligation in Canines.  J Endourol  4:341-344, Nov 1991. *
  22. McCarthy MC, Loudermilk GA, Canal DF, Broadie TA: Prediction of Injury in Penetrating Wounds of the Abdomen, Flank, and Back.  Arch Surg  126:962-966, Aug 1991. *
  23. Seekri IK, Rescorla FJ, Canal DF, Grosfeld JL: Lesser Curvature Gastrostomy Reduces the Incidence of Postoperative Gastroesophageal Reflux.  J Pediatr Surg 28:8 982-985, Aug 1991.  *
  24. Heimansohn DA, Canal DF, McCarthy MC, Yaw PB, Madura JA, Broadie TA: The Role of Pancreaticoduodenectomy in the Management of Traumatic Injuries to the Pancreas and Duodenum.  Am Surg 56:511-514,  Aug 1990. *
  25. Rogers DW, Lumeng L, Goulet RJ, Canal DF: Ruptured Mycotic Pseudoaneurysm of the Gastroduodenal Artery; Presenting with Hemoperitoneum and Subcapsular Liver Hematoma. Dig Dis and Sci 35:661-664, May 1990. *
  26. Stone KS, Brown JW, Canal DF, Caldwell R, King H: Congenital Aneurism of the Left Atrial Wall in Infancy;  Case Report and Review of the Literature.  Ann Thor Surg  49:476-478, March 1990.*
  27. Papaila JP, Vane DW, Colville C, Berend M, Mallik G, Canal DF, Grosfeld JL:  The effect of Various types of gastrostomy on the lower esophageal sphincter. J Pediatr Surg 22:1198-1202, 1987.  *
  28. Sawchuk A, Canal DF, Grosfeld JL, Slaughter M, Gardner GP, O'Connor T, Behrman D:  Electrical pacing of the Roux limb resolves delayed gastric emptying.  J Surg Res 42:635-641, 1987.  *
  29. Canal DF, Vane DW, Goto S, Gardner GP, Grosfeld JL: Changes in lower Esophageal Sphincter Pressure After Stamm Gastrostomy.  J Surg Res 42:570-574, 1987. *
  30. Stone KS, Brown JW, Canal DF, King H:  Long-term fate of the Diaphragm surgically plicated during infancy and early childhood.  Ann Thor Surg 44:62-65, July 1987.  *
  31. Canal DF, Vane DW, Goto S, Gardner GP, Grosfeld JL:  Reduction in lower esophageal sphincter pressure with Stamm gastrostomy.  J Pediatr Surg 22:54-57, 1987.  *
  32. Sawchuk A, Canal DF, Slaughter M, Behrman D, O'Connor T, Grosfeld JL: A Comparison between Fructose 1-6 Diphosphate, Glucose, or normal saline infusions and species specific blood exchange transfusions in the treatment of bowel ischemia.  Surgery 100:665-670, 1986. *

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