Dr Moishe Liberman, M.D., Ph.D, FRCSC, FACS

Associate Professor, Department of Surgery;
Director CHUM Endoscopic Tracheo-bronchial and Oesophageal Center (C.E.T.O.C.);
Université de Montréal, CRCHUM et Institut du cancer de Montréal.


Key words: Endobronchial ultrasound, endoscopic ultrasound, airway surgery, minimally invasive thoracic surgery

Contact :


Office: 514-890-8000 x.26832

1995-2000  M.D.C.M., McGill University

2001-2008  Ph.D., McGill University

  • 2016 (PI) Johnson and Johnson Medical Products

    "Prospective, Multi-Center, International Phase 2 Trial of the use of Ultrasonic Energy For Pulmonary Artery Branch Sealing during VATS Lobectomy and Cost Effectiveness Study" 

  • 2014 (PI)

    "Balloon Dilation of Malignant Strictures to Permit Complete Endoscopic Ultrasound Staging in Esophageal Cancer"

  • 2014  (PI) Ethicon Endosurgery

    "Ex-Vivo Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Pulmonary Artery Sealing using the Harmonic Scalpel for VATS Lobectomy - VATS Lobectomy PA Harmonic Ace+ Energy Sealing – Animal Survival Study"

  • 2009-2012  FRSQ Young Researcher Establishment Grant

  • 2009 (PI) Canadian Foundation for Innovation / Leaders Opportunity Fund

    "Pulmonary Parenchymal Ultrasound Research Program – Innovative Diagnostic and  Therapeutic Methods for Evaluating, Targeting and Treating Patients with Pulmonary Malignancy"


Awards and prizes

2005  Tyco - Canadian Association of General Surgeons
Resident Award for Teaching Excellence 2004-2005

2006  General Surgery Outstanding Resident / Fellow Teaching Award

2009  Chaire Marcel et Rolande Gosselin en Chirurgie Thoracique Oncologique

Technology assessment and development in thoracic endoscopy

The CHUM Endoscopic Tracheo-bronchial and Oesophageal Center (C.E.T.O.C.) is a comprehensive, minimally invasive, trans-luminal advanced endoscopy center. CETOC is an integral part of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Montreal and is a unique center which uses minimally invasive techniques to diagnose, stage and treat diseases of the trachea, bronchi, lung, esophagus and mediastinum. These techniques are performed through the patients' natural orifices (airway and esophagus), obviating the need for surgery or incision.

Associated websites:

  1. CHUM webpage 

  2. CRCHUM webpage

  3. CETOC 


  1. CETOC (Chum Endoscopic Tracheo-bronchial and Oesophageal Center)


Pharma Collaborators:

  • Johnson & Johnson Medical Products / Ethicon Endosurgery

  • Boston Scientific

  • Cook Medical

  1. Adeline Jouquan (MSc, research assistant, adeline.jouquan.chum@ssss.gouv.qc.ca)

  2. Vicky Thiffault (BSN, CCRP, Research nurse coordinator, vicky.thiffault.chum@ssss.gouv.qc.ca)

  3. Éric Goudie (MD, MSc Student, eric.a.goudie@gmail.com)

  4. Mehdi Tahiri (MD, tahiri_mehdi1@hotmail.com)

  5. Mohamed Khereba (MD, former student, speadywave@gmail.com)

Former students

  1. Jordan Kazakov (MD, CETOC Fellow 2013-2014)

  2. Basil Nasir (MD, CETOC Fellow – 2013-2014)

  3. Pravachan Hedge (MD, CETOC Fellow – 2014-2015)

  4. Ricardo De Oliveira (MD, CETOC Fellow, 2015-2016)

  1. Endoscopic Mediastinal Staging in Lung Cancer Is Superior to "Gold Standard" Surgical Staging. Berania I, Kazakov J, Khereba M, Goudie E, Ferraro P, Thiffault V, Liberman M. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Feb;101(2):547-50. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2015.08.070. Epub 2015 Nov 3.

  2. Present and Future Application of Energy Devices in Thoracic Surgery. Goudie E, Tahiri M, Liberman M. Thorac Surg Clin. 2016 May;26(2):229-36. doi: 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2015.12.010. Epub 2016 Feb 10. Review.

  3. Modified technique for tracheobronchial Y-stent insertion using flexible bronchoscope for stent guidance. Kazakov J, Khereba M, Thiffault V, Duranceau A, Ferraro P, Liberman M. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Oct;150(4):1005-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2015.07.016. Epub 2015 Jul 10. No abstract available.

  4. Thoracoscopic localization of intraparenchymal pulmonary nodules using direct intracavitary thoracoscopic ultrasonography prevents conversion of VATS procedures to thoracotomy in selected patients. Khereba M, Ferraro P, Duranceau A, Martin J, Goudie E, Thiffault V, Liberman M. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Nov;144(5):1160-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2012.08.034. Epub 2012 Sep 12.

  5. Pulmonary Artery Sealing Using the HARMONIC ACE+ Shears for Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery Lobectomy. Liberman M, Khereba M, Nasir B, Goudie E, Danino A, Giot JP, Nizard N, Hadjeres R, Thiffault V, Farrenq N, Ferraro P. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Sep;100(3):898-903; discussion 903-4. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2015.04.063. Epub 2015 Jul 21.

  6.  Endosonographic mediastinal lymph node staging of lung cancer. Liberman M, Sampalis J, Duranceau A, Thiffault V, Hadjeres R, Ferraro P. Chest. 2014 Aug;146(2):389-97. doi: 10.1378/chest.13-2349.

  7.  Endobronchial ultrasonography added to endoscopic ultrasonography improves staging in esophageal cancer. Liberman M, Hanna N, Duranceau A, Thiffault V, Ferraro P. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Jul;96(1):232-6: discussion 236-8. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.03.023. Epub 2013 May 8.

  8.  Initial experience with a new technique of endoscopic and ultrasonographic access for biopsy of para-aortic (station 6) mediastinal lymph nodes without traversing the aorta. Liberman M, Duranceau A, Grunenwald E, Thiffault V, Khereba M, Ferraro P. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Oct;144(4):787-92; discussion 792-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2012.07.003.

  9.  Cervical video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery using a flexible endoscope for bilateral thoracoscopy. Liberman M, Khereba M, Goudie E, Tahiri M, Forcillo J, Gauthier A, Thiffault V, Duranceau A, Ferraro P. Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Apr;93(4):1321-3. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2011.11.068.

  10. Palliation of Concomitant Tracheobronchial and Esophageal Disease Using a Combined Airway and Esophageal Approach. Nasir BS, Tahiri M, Kazakov J, Thiffault V, Ferraro P, Liberman M. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 May 5. pii: S0003-4975(16)30122-9. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.03.021. [Epub ahead of print]