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Volume 3 Number 1 Fall/Winter 2006
Take Two Aspirin* and . . .
How Patrick and Edith McGeer
turned our understanding
of this familiar old prescription
on its head—and other
stories from the lab and the
basketball court    12
Flying Solo
in Fort St. John 15
Coffee Hot Shots 10
Medical Alumni News 19
A publication of the Faculty of Medicine
at the University of British Columbia What Are You Doing After Work?
GEOFF  PAY N E, assistant professor, Northern Medical Program, left
Prince George for Penticton in August to swim 3.86 km, bike 180.2 km
and run 42.2 km in the Subaru Ironman Canada Triathlon.
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is published twice a year by the Faculty of Medicine, and
provides news and information about the activities of faculty
members, students, staff, alumni, and friends, and their
contributions to the health and well-being of people and
populations locally, nationally and internationally.
Volume 3 Number 1
Fall/Winter 2006
Editor-in-Chief (Acting)
Dr. Dorothy Shaw, Senior Associate Dean,
Faculty Affairs
Editor/Managing Editor
Miro Kinch
Editorial Advisory Committee
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In This Issue
2 Taking Risks
3 What Are You D oing After Work?
4 Flash: News from . . .
8 Point of View: Mapping the Legacy of Teachin§
9     Lesley Bainbridge
Passionate about interprofessional education
10     Coffee Hot Shots
Students run—and own—a hot new business
12     Patrick and Edith McGeer
The 2006 Faculty of Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award winners
are lifelong scientific visionaries, trail-blazers and risk takers—with an
impressive list of "firsts" in neurodegenerative disease research. As a
team, they're unbeatable—oh, and by the way, to see where it all began,
take a look at that basketball score on page 14.
15     Flying Solo in Fort St. John
Entrepreneurial ophthalmologist Dr. Stephen Drance took a chance on
a new residency program in northeastern BC. Thirty-two years later,
both the residents and the community they serve are still benefiting
from their longstanding relationship.
20 MAA President's Report
21 MAA Awards
Wallace Wilson Leadership Award; Honourary Alumni;
Silver Anniversary Award
25 MUS Report; MSAC Report;
Introducing Alumni Affairs
26 Alumni Awards, Achievements & Activities
28      Last Words: The class of 2006
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Fall/Winter 2006 UBC Medicine Professor Stuart with Jennifer Mills, MD Class of
2007 and resident Dr. Marketa Gogela-Spehar.
Through knowledge, creating health
Together we create knowledge and
advance learning that will make a
vital contribution to the health of
ndividuals and communities locally,
nationally and internationally.
Through education, research and
service, UBC's Faculty of Medicine wil
positively and measurably influence
the health of people in British
Columbia, Canada and the world
In its words, attitudes and behaviour,
UBC's Faculty of Medicine wil
build a common identity as a
single, integrated entity across
British Columbia.
As a global leader in health education
and research, UBC's Faculty of
Medicine will be a source of pride
to all its members.
We choose to advance our mission
through leadership in information
technology and communication
For the full text of the Faculty's
strategic plan, Health Trek 2010, go
to "About Us" at www.med.ca and
click on "Health Trek 2010."
UBC Medicine Fall/Winter 2006
At the end of August, I stood in
front of the newly-arrived medical
undergraduate Class of 2010, and
talked about the journey they were
about to embark on—and the
wonderful professional choices that
would be open to them.
For a new MD undergraduate student
there are many choices. Some members of
this class will be maternity care providers
in Uganda. Others will be neuroscientists in
an academic centre. Some will be primary
care providers in the interior of British
Columbia, perhaps serving the needs of
the geriatric population, while still others
will go on to become surgeons or
translational researchers.
Reflecting on my comments, I realize
that every one of those opportunities
involves a measure of risk, and the degree to
which risk-taking has become a part of
our culture in the Faculty of Medicine—not
just for our physicians, but for our audiolo-
gists and speech language pathologists, our
midwives, our occupational and physical
therapists, our public health administrators,
our scientists and our researchers in 30-plus
health-related programs, departments and
research centres.
We expect our students, staff and faculty
members to take risks, to think outside the
box, to take on new challenges, and be open
to experiences of every shape and description. Indeed, our people do so throughout
their professional careers.
Risk taking can be exhilarating and
lead to exciting new discoveries and
accomplishments. It can also have negative
consequences and extract a high price. Its
rewards may be immediate, or ffustratingly
slow in arriving. In one's professional
career one is constantly assessing and/or taking risks. Deciding when the risk is worth
taking requires applying existing knowledge
and invoking accepted practices.
I recognize that all of you in the
Faculty—students, residents, staff, faculty
and alumni—have high ideals, and hold
yourselves to the highest standards.You are
caring, committed and amazingly hard
working. You take risks, accept challenges
and devise out-of^the-box solutions.
The determination and focus that makes
that possible has served, and will serve
you well throughout your professional and
your personal lives.
I am extremely proud to be part of
such an extraordinary team in the Faculty
of Medicine.
Dean, Faculty of Medicine WHAT   ARE    YOU    DOING    AFTER   WORK?
Re-energizing on the Road—And What a Road!
GEOFF   PAY N E , assistant professor in the
Northern Medical Program, has degrees in
Behavioural Neuroscience, Neuroscience and
Cardiovascular & Renal Physiology. He did
post-doctoral work at Yale—and has just
begun a second master's degree in Health
Care Education.
This year's winner of the NMP student-
nominated Lasting Impressions award,
Geoff not only teaches and mentors medical
students, but spent last semester with UNBC
nursing students as well.
This summer he went south to Penticton
to swim 3.86 km (2.4 mi.), bike 180.2 km
(112 mi.) and run 42.2 km (26.2 mi.) in the
Subaru Ironman Canada Triathlon.
"Great swim and bike," he reports by
e-mail. "On the run at just under eight hours
into the race. Feeling great, wave to wife
and kids and on we go. The first four miles
are fine. I start to feel a little blah—but after
nine hours going non-stop, blah is expected.
Then over the next few miles my ability to
process liquid and food begins to change.
"The wind is blowing and it's 35 degrees;
man, this is tough. ... I'm walking now and
even a tiny sip of water makes me nauseous.
I continue to slug it out for another two
hours. At mile 11 the body says stop. I sit for
a while and do the math—15 miles to go.
My stomach complains bitterly and lets go
of everything I've attempted to put in it.
Ambulances are going crazy picking up people. One stops for me. A paramedic checks
my BP (90/60) and says my day is done.
"After 11 hours of pushing my body
to the nth degree, my day is cut short. An
IV and some medical attention leaves
only my heart feeling pain as I think of the
lost moment."
He signs off with a cheerful "Will do
it again in 2008."
In June this year, just outside Golden, BC,
one of the cyclists in the Canadian Cystic
Fibrosis Foundation's Gear Up for CF ride
was hit by a truck. The driver didn't stop.
The cyclist, so angry he didn't pause to
consider the gash in his leg, leapt back on to
his bike in hot pursuit. He caught up with
the vehicle at a stoplight.
"The driver was charged," DR.   D AVI D
S P E E RT reports, with more than a little
David was riding with his brother Peter,
sister Ellen and brother-in-law Paul—"Their
role is to keep me upright," he wrote on
the event website, "and mine is to translate
all conversations from Canadian to American
for them." All four went on to finish the
nine-day, 1,052-kilometre, Vancouver-to-
Calgary ride without further incident.
Six weeks later, the UBC Pediatrics professor rode into Minneapolis, wrapping up
the second leg of a two-part, 5,426-kilometre cross-country fundraising trip. He
cycled the first leg—from Minneapolis to
Freeport, Maine—last year.
Riding for the Canadian CF Foundation
is his way of thanking the organization
for nearly three decades of research support.
"My connection with CF goes back about
28 years, when I began researching bacterial
infections in CF patients," he says. The funds
he raises will support other researchers
seeking to improve the lives of children and
adults with this disease.
Not all Speert family members cycle;
some choose to play a supporting role. But
everyone seems to get caught up in what
sister Ellen calls "the spirit of the Speert
gang." They're already making plans for next
year's Gear Up for CF, counting the days
until June 23,2007.
Fall/Winter 2006 UBC Medicine F LASH !
Women and Children First
BC's Infant Transport Team
Sets the Bar High
BC's Infant Transport Team
(ITT) is celebrating 30 years of
dramatically reducing morbidity
rates for newborn infants, for
sick or injured children, and in
high risk pregnancies. Medical
director Dr. Andrew Macnab, a
professor of Pediatrics in the
Faculty, has been a member of
the team since ITT first began.
Responding to over 2,000
calls per year, advanced life
support (ALS) paramedics—
who have the specialized training required to escort and care
for these patients—transport
critically ill or injured women
at home & abroad
and children to hospital, and
repatriate them following
treatment. Physicians at the
Children's & Women's Health
Centre of BC coordinate each
call and oversee the medical
attention—delegated to the
paramedic at the scene—that
each patient requires.
BC's transport program is
internationally renowned for its
research on safe transport.
Macnab, who leads the research
province-wide, notes, "BC has
set standards of care worldwide.
ITT provides guidelines and
training models for transport
teams in the UK, US and for the
Flying Doctors of Kenya."
Death Channel Secret
Key Discovery in Reducing
Stroke Impact
Members of the UBC Brain
Research Centre have found a
new stroke "death channel"—
the conduit through which key
chemicals flow out of brain cells,
leading to the rapid cell death
that disables stroke victims.
Roger Thomson, a UBC
Psychiatry post-doctoral fellow,
made the discovery in animal
models, along with graduate
student Ning Zhou and
Psychiatry professor Brian
MacVicar. "We've known for
40 years about chemicals
flowing out of cells after stroke,"
Thompson said, "but nobody
knew the exact process. So
we went looking for the death
channel. And we found it."
The researchers discovered
that cell membranes were
disrupted at the site of gap
junction hemichannels. Gap
junctions, composed of two
hemichannels that bridge the
intercellular space, allow molecules and ions to flow between
cells. During a stroke, hemichannels can form outside the
junction and leak chemicals.
The next step in the
investigation will be to determine the cause of the
hemichannel malfunction.
Therapies for stroke patients
may be available within
five to 10 years.
UBC Medicine Fall/Winter 2006
Dramatic Genetic
Family Makes Pre-emptive Strike
Against Gastric Cancer
Genetic pathologist Prof. David
Huntsman has been in the
national and international news
recently for finding a genetic
mutation in a large US family—
a discovery that led to 11
cousins having their stomachs
removed to avoid a fatal type of
stomach cancer. Instead of living
in fear when genetic testing
revealed a 70 percent chance of
developing the rare hereditary
cancer, Huntsman reports, "they
tackled their genetic destiny
"What I was expecting was
to meet people who were
feeling life was pretty lousy but
were grateful they weren't going
to get stomach cancer," he said
in a Globe and Mail profile this
summer. "And what was a really
pleasant surprise was to meet 11
people who are really enjoying
life and who are now looking
forward to growing old." Cure for Huntington
Disease is Closer Than
We Think
Cure for Disease in Mice Means
Hope for Humans
Dr. Michael Hayden and his
colleagues at UBC's Centre
for Molecular Medicine and
Therapeutics have provided
groundbreaking evidence of
a cure for Huntington's disease
(HD) in mice.
Hayden found that by
preventing a deadly cleavage of
the mutant huntingtin protein
responsible for HD in a mouse
model, the degenerative symptoms underlying the illness do
not appear and the mouse displays normal brain function.
Hayden's team is now testing
this model of prevention in a
mouse, using drug inhibitors,
with the ultimate goal of moving to humans. Currently,
there is no treatment to delay
or prevent HD in humans.
Dr. Hayden is director
and senior scientist at the
Centre for Molecular Medicine
and Therapeutics and holds
a Canada Research Chair
in Human Genetics and
Molecular Medicine.
Authentic Happiness
Exploring the Relationship
Between Happiness and Health
His Holiness the Dalai Lama was
in Vancouver in September to
inaugurate his new Center for
Peace and Education and give
keynote addresses at the
Vancouver Dialogues 2006, the
first in a regular series of talks to
be hosted by the centre.
The third Dialogues
session, Happiness and Stress as
Determinants of Mental Health,
was presented in partnership
with the Faculty's Institute of
Mental Health—also very
recently established. Institute
head and department of
Psychiatry professor Anthony
Phillips moderated the two-
part discussion. On the platform
with the Dalai Lama were
distinguished researchers from
McGill and the Universities of
California and Illinois, Deepak
Chopra and Psychiatry professor
Allan Young, associate head
of the Institute of Mental Health
and holder of the BC Leadership
Chair in Depression at UBC.
UBC president Prof.
Stephen Toope gave the opening remarks. "It's unfortunate
that the pursuit of happiness gets
such short shrift in our society,"
he said. "We North Americans
are incredibly accomplished
at treating sickness, but we are
underfunded, underequipped
and underachieving when
it comes to promoting public
health . . . We are here today
with some of the foremost
experts in the world to expand
our understanding of happiness.
That gives me hope."
To see the webcast of the
session, click on "Multimedia" at
www. dalailamacenter. org.
Major Dementia
International Team Led by
Faculty Researchers
UBC researchers Prof. Ian
Mackenzie (Pathology &
Laboratory Medicine) and Prof.
Howard Feldman (head,
division of Neurology) have discovered the genetic cause of an
inherited form of frontotempo-
ral dementia (FTD)—the second
most common type of dementia
in those under the age of 65.
Working with colleagues at
the Mayo Clinic in the US, the
scientists identified mutations
in the progranulin gene that
result in the underproduction
of progranulin protein, an
essential growth factor for nerve
cell survival.
"The discovery is particularly exciting because the way
these mutations cause dementia
was quite unsuspected. It opens
the door to new possibilities for
treatment," says Mackenzie.
There is currently no treatment
for the disease, which affects
both men and women and causes devastating language impairment and serious changes in
behaviour. Expected lifespan
after diagnosis is five to 10 years.
Feldman adds that the
investigation process is an excellent example of clinicians,
neuroscience researchers and
geneticists working together
to accelerate new findings.
The research team will now
develop screening tests for
families with FTD, explore
genetic and non-genetic therapies, and determine if the
gene plays a role in more common degenerative diseases
such as other forms of dementia
and amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis (ALS).
Their findings were
published online in Nature in
July 2006.
Fall/Winter 2006 UBC Medicine       5 F LASH!
UBC Prof Alerted World
to Auschwitz Atrocities
Dr. Rudolf Vrba, UBC professor
emeritus, department of
Pharmacology & Therapeutics,
passed away March 27, 2006, at
the age of 82. Vrba was a prisoner of Auschwitz concentration
camp from 1942 until his escape
in April 1944, when he alerted
the world to the atrocities there.
He was one of only five Jews
known to have escaped the
camp. Vrba and his fellow escap-
er, Alfred Wetzler, wrote a report
that became known as the
Auschwitz Protocols—considered one of the key documents
of the 20th century.
The Times of London
'Witness to Auschwitz horror dies
at 82: Rudolf Vrba escaped the
gas chambers to tell the world
of the Nazi genocide"
April 1, 2006
The New York Times
"Rudolf Vrba, 81,
Auschwitz Witness, Dies"
April 7, 2006
The Globe and Mail
"When Rudolf Vrba fled
Auschwitz in the spring of 1944,
he made what may have been
the most monumental escape
of all time, slipping past Nazi
guards and attack dogs that
were trained to rip prisoners
to pieces."
March 31, 2006
Going Wireless
High-Tech for Hearts
A patient in the Heart Centre
at St. Paul's Hospital was the first
in Canada to receive a wireless
implantable cardiac defibrillator
(ICD) early this summer.
Cardiologist and clinical faculty
member Dr. Stanley Tung and
his team implanted the high-
tech device.
Dr. Tung and recipient John
Sieffert (left) examine the latest
technology, which offers many
advantages over the previous
generation of implantable defibrillators—from efficiencies in the
operating room to new ways of
monitoring patient health and
disease progression.
Initially, ICDs were only
implanted in patients who had
survived a previous cardiac
arrest, to prevent a recurrence.
However, in recent years
research has shown that, for
some patients who are diagnosed
with heart disease and poor
heart function, ICDs can be used
prophylactically to prevent a
first cardiac arrest.
A Radical New
Prevention Strategy
Creating a Chemical Quarantine
Around the HIV Virus
"A bold and strategic shift in the
way HIV drugs are used could
reduce the global prevalence of
the virus 70-fold," the Globe and
Mail reported in an article on
the international prevention
strategy proposed by Dr. Julio
Montaner and his team at the
BC Centre for Excellence in
L?0!*TANER -
Treating everyone infected
with HIV could create a chemical quarantine around the virus,
the UBC researchers hypothesized in a special issue of The
Lancet dedicated to HIV/AIDS.
The upfront expense of
providing universal treatment
would be more than offset by
savings from not having to
treat new infections.
"[We] could move into an
area where [we not only] treat
because the patient needs it, but
also because it's good for society," Montaner told the Globe. He
presented the team's findings at
the plenary session of the
international AIDS conference
in Toronto in August.
Down Syndrome
and Alzheimer's Under
the Microscope
Revolutionizing What We
Know About Alzheimer's
Psychiatry professor Wei hong
Song is turning previous ideas
about Alzheimer's disease in
Down Syndrome (DS) patients
upside down.
Song and his team discovered that an accumulation
of a gene product, called beta-
site APP cleaving enzyme 1
(BACE1), is the molecular
mechanism that produces the
Alzheimer's disease symptoms
which affect virtually all people
with DS in middle age.
At the same time, the scientists also found that another gene
product, BACE2, previously
thought to stimulate production
of the characteristic Alzheimer's
plaques, actually has the potential to treat the disease. "We now
realize that if we stimulate production of BACE2, we may ultimately reverse plaque formation
and have a new therapy for pre
venting Alzheimer's symptoms,"
says Song.
Song is the Jack Brown
and Family Professor in
Alzheimer's Disease at UBC and
holds a Canada Research
Chair in Alzheimer's Disease.
The findings were published
recently in two papers in the
Federation of American
Societies for Experimental Biology
(FASEB) Journal.
Order of Canada
B. Brett Fin lay, professor,
departments of Biochemistry
& Molecular Biology (Faculty
of Medicine) and Microbiology
& Immunology (Faculty
of Science)
Dr. Harvey Thommasen,
clinical assistant professor,
department of Family Medicine,
Prince George
Order of British Columbia
Dr. Wallace B. Chung,
professor emeritus, department
of Surgery
Dr. S. Larry Goldenberg,
professor and head, department
of Urologic Sciences
Royal Society of Canada
Dr. Clyde Hertzman,
professor and director, Human
Early Learning Partnership
Natalie Strynadka, professor,
department of Biochemistry &
Molecular Biology
Dr. Yu-Tian Wang, professor,
department of Medicine
3M Health Care Quality
Team Award
For their innovative sepsis-
prevention protocol: the
multidisciplinary team from
the emergency department and
the intensive care unit at St.
Paul's Hospital, which included
Faculty members Drs. Kirk
Hollohan, Peter Dodek, Rob
Stenstrom, Grant Innes,
and executive sponsor Jeremy
UBC Killam Teaching Prize
Ross MacGillivray, professor,
department of Biochemistry &
Molecular Biology, and director,
Centre for Blood Research
A. Wayne Vogl, professor,
department of Cellular &
Physiological Sciences
Carol Park, senior instructor,
department of Pathology &
Laboratory Medicine, and
coordinator, Medical Laboratory
Science program
Faculty of Medicine Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award
Drs. Patrick and Edith
McGeer, professors emeriti,
department of Psychiatry
Career Award in Clinical
Dr. Richard Loomer,
clinical professor, department
of Orthopaedics
Dr. John Masterson, clinical
professor, department of Surgery
Clinical Excellence in
Teaching Award
Dr. Nazira Chatur,
clinical instructor, department
of Medicine
Tyler Dumont, clinical
instructor, school of
Rehabilitation Sciences
Dr. Leslie Ann Sadownik,
assistant professor, department
of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Applegarth Staff Service Award
Darcie Prosser, coordinator,
reviews and searches, Faculty
Affairs, Dean's Office
Sabrina Cheng, administrator,
department of Biochemistry
& Molecular Biology
Elected to International Office
Dr. Julio Montaner, professor,
department of Medicine and
director, BC Centre for
Excellence in HIV/AIDS, as
president-elect of the
International AIDS Society
Dr. Dorothy Shaw, senior
associate dean, Faculty Affairs,
and clinical professor, Obstetrics
& Gynaecology and Medical
Genetics, as the first woman
president of the International
Federation of Gynecology
and Obstetrics
Fall/Winter 2006 UBC Medicine       7 POINT   OF   VIEW
In the same way geneticists or molecular biologists trace the history of disease by gene mapping and linkage,
dr. peter blair, clinical associate professor in the department of Surgery, traces the legacy of teaching.
I come from a family of teachers. There are
teachers in all six Canadian generations of
our family—and quite by accident, and without any training, I have become a teacher
myself. My family tradition and my own
experience have imbued me with the importance of teaching—not just in surgery or
medicine or family practice; not just about
the clinical signs of appendicitis, the technique of cholecystectomy or the treatment of
hypertension—but teaching in the global,
holistic sense. Teaching is the fabric that
weaves through our society, shapes its values
and determines the course of civilization.
Teaching gives us an opportunity to leave
behind a strong legacy—one that will spread
in ever widening circles through the years
and through subsequent generations.
We have all had memorable teachers.
Bruce Tovee, a staff surgeon at Toronto
General Hospital, is one of several I've had.
After his training, he went to Chicago as a
fellow in Lester Dragstedt's lab. The son of
Swedish immigrants, Lester Dragstedt
(1893-1975) was one of the great figures in
American medicine. A physiologist, a scientist
and a surgeon, he was one of the founders
of the research tradition in our profession—
and a great teacher.
During our time together, Bruce Tovee
often quoted Dragstedt. How much was
Bruce Tovee, the surgeon, the teacher and
the individual, altered by working with
such a great man? How much was I in
turn affected by Tovee—and how much
by Dragstedt?
And who taught Dragstedt? Other
great masters, including Hartmann in
Paris, DeQuervain in Berne and Polya
in Budapest.
So we can construct a genealogy of our
teachers—a family tree, if you will. Just as
geneticists and molecular biologists can trace
the history of disease by gene mapping and
linkage, we can trace the legacy of teaching.
The further back we go, the greater the mixing and redistribution of the teaching pool. If
we were able to identify a "genetic marker"
for teaching, we would no doubt find that all
of us have been taught by Hippocrates.
And what about the greater world
beyond the bedside, the operating room or
seminar room? Many of you no doubt
coached your child's sports team—helped
them learn to dribble and pass the ball, slide
into base or perform a slapshot. But, of
course, you taught them much more than
basic sports skills.You taught them patience,
kindness, tolerance, and understanding.
These lessons will benefit them as much as,
or more than, the skills they acquired.
The influential and memorable teacher
also passes on knowledge and wisdom
through his or her behaviour. The great
clinician and teacher Sir William Osier
wrote: "In the teacher I have always valued
the message of the life above the message
of the pen."
The opportunity to teach is a privilege
whether you are teaching medical students,
residents or a little league baseball team.
The knowledge and wisdom you possess was
passed down through generations, just as
some part of your own teaching will be. In
The Education of Henry Adams, published in
1907, Henry Brooks Adams said it this way:
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell
where his influence stops."
Abridged from a speech to the Westminster Medical
Association's spring 2006 meeting. An earlier version of
this speech, to the North Pacific Surgical Association,
was published in the American Journal of Surgery
in May of this year.
UBC Medicine Fall/Winter 2006 PROFILE
Passionate Advocate for Interprofessional Education   byErmcreak
Working as a physical therapist in geriatric
care at UBC's Purdy Pavilion in the mid-
1980s was an eye opening experience for
Lesley Bainbridge. For the first time in her
career she was part of a team approach to
patient care. Psychologists, nurses, physicians,
physical therapists, and others actively
helped one another contribute to the elderly
residents' well-being. This initial exposure to
shared learning and interprofessional teamwork would shape the next 20 years of
Bainbridge's professional life.
Fast forward to 2006 and it is no surprise
that Bainbridge is the recently appointed
director of Interprofessional Education (IPE)
in the Faculty of Medicine, following a
three-year term as interim director of the
Faculty's school of Rehabilitation Sciences.
She is also heavily involved with Health
Canada IPE initiatives—and serves as the
associate principal of the College of Health
Disciplines at UBC.
With a background in education as well
as physical therapy, Bainbridge is an ardent
supporter of the learning that occurs when
professionals pool resources and share
expertise. She talks enthusiastically about
the improvements in patient care and the
benefits to patients that are the well-documented results of collaborative practice.
First discussed in the 1960s, IPE has only
recently been at the forefront of pedagogical
agendas. Definitions vary, but the emphasis
on shared learning is universal. According
to the UK Centre for the Advancement of
Interprofessional Education, "interprofessional education occurs when two or more
professions learn with, from and about each
other to improve collaboration and the quality of care." Bainbridge characterizes IPE as
"teaching students and practitioners in health
and human services how to work together."
Adept at bringing professionals together,
Bainbridge is a natural fit as the Faculty's
interprofessional education ambassador. One
of the many activities she plans to undertake
in her new role is identifying interprofessional learning objectives and outcomes for
the current undergraduate medical curriculum. She is also playing a key part in constructing IPE learning objectives, learning
activities and evaluation metrics for the
upcoming revisions to the fourth year of
the medical program.
Associate dean of Curriculum Angela
Towle notes: "We're fortunate that Lesley
will be coordinating this piece of the
curriculum for us—building on what we are
already doing and helping to create new
learning opportunities for students. At a personal level, I've worked with Lesley on
several projects—she's got tons of enthusiasm
and energy and great ideas."
One such great idea is Bainbridge's
work with UBC Health Clinic director Dr.
Christie Newton. Over the past year the
two, along with medical student Kyle
Merritt, have been developing a model for
"problem-based learning (PBL) in action,"
or "clinical PBL." This model uses real
patients—rather than "paper" cases or actors
playing the part of patients—and incorporates an interprofessional team format.
It should be no surprise that Bainbridge's
personal life is just as busy as her professional
one. When not travelling for work, she
splits her time between Vancouver and her
six-acre farm in Victoria: home to two
dogs, four cats, four horses, and "one
menopausal chicken."
Bainbridge is planning a future hot-air
balloon trip over the Serengeti and is actively
trying to improve her golf game—or at least
come a bit closer to par. In her "spare time,"
she is completing an interdisciplinary doctoral degree with a focus on interprofessional
education and collaborative practice.
Two things about Lesley Bainbridge
are unmistakable: not only does she believe
strongly in the fundamental IPE concept
of shared learning and in continuous, lifelong
learning, but she practises what she preaches.
Bainbridge is delighted that the Faculty
of Medicine has made IPE an integral part
of its strategic plan—and the Faculty will
definitely benefit from having her as part
of its team.
Fall/Winter 2006 UBC Medicine PROFILE
by Tim Carlson
John Chen jokes that, as caffeine-dependent PhD students in the Faculty of Medicine,
he and Heather Heine calculated it would be a money-saving proposition to open
their own cafe.
They insist that the newly opened
Boulevard Coffee Roasting Company is a
fine complement to their medical enterprises
and to their lives as part of the UBC community—as opposed to a time management
nightmare threatening to topple an already
heavy workload.
"I always like to have ten things on
the go," says Chen, whose research in the
Experimental Medicine Program under Drs.
Steinbrecker and Duronio focuses on heart
disease. "I've been a professional photographer for the last six years, and I also consult
for the biotech industry on a freelance basis.
All these pursuits require creative thinking
and deductive reasoning. I think exercising
the mind in one field makes me better in
the other areas as well."
Heine explores the potential for bone
marrow stem cells to regenerate damaged
vascular tissues for her PhD thesis, under the
guidance of Dr. Bruce McManus and Dr.
Thomas Podor at the iCAPTURE Centre.
She is one of only two students annually
accepted into UBC's combined MD/PhD
program. For her, gaining hands-on business
management skills will be an essential element in a career that she sees encompassing
three environments: the research lab, medical
practice and the corporate boardroom.
During a co-op stint at QLT Inc. in 2001
(where she met Chen), Heine was inspired
by former QLT CEO Dr. Julia Levy, a
researcher who bridged the gap between
academia and industry.
"I wanted to do the MD program so I
that I could work with patients and the PhD
so I could to focus on research," she says. "I
ultimately hope to bring stem cell therapy to
10     UBC Medicine Fall/Winter 2006 the public in some form and that will
require working with a biotech company. I
look at the way my supervisors run their
labs and there are many business themes in
terms of management and dealing with
other issues. I see running The Boulevard as
training in those areas. That's why it makes
sense to be doing all three of these things."
The clean white design of The
Boulevard's cafe might be described as antiseptic if weren't so stylishly contemporary
(Heine and Chen were the driving forces
behind the design). This room has breathing
space—socially inviting, but also a good
environment to open up the laptop and get
to work. The cafe opened this past summer
in the new David Strangway Faculty of
Dentistry building on University Boulevard.
Not surprisingly, the partners are dedicated to a business philosophy that puts environmental and community health into action
in numerous ways.
Two large colour prints ofVictoria
Falls in Africa, taken by Chen when he took
part in a Habitat for Humanity project
in Zambia last year, hang near the entrance.
Proceeds from the sale will go to charity.
The room is energized with bright abstracts
by painter Gabe Daly, an Emily Carr
Institute student, who will collect the entire
price on the sale of the pieces. The
Boulevard acts as a commission-free gallery
for student work. With the exception of
the manager, The Boulevard Coffee Roasting
Company is student owned and operated.
Soon to be introduced are electronic
club cards that give patrons a 10 percent
break on purchases, as well as a 10 percent
donation to the UBC club of their choice.
Organic, fair trade (the farmers are
guaranteed a fair price) coffee is on the
menu, and the operators are also looking to
source shade-grown beans (produced in an
environmentally friendly manner). This
would give the coffee "triple certification"
by industry standards.
"I remember speaking to [former
UBC president] Martha Piper after one of
her talks," says Heine. "She said, 'Oh, you
two are opening the cafe! That's global citizenship. That's precisely what we should
be doing here.'"
The financial sustainability and growth
of the operation is on the partners' minds as
well. A state-of-the-art coffee roaster stands
just inside the door. This is the key to not
only the freshest brews in-house, but also to
future potential for creating and selling custom roasts to outside clients such as hotels.
"A green bean is a fraction of the cost of a
roasted bean," explains Heine. "The wholesale side of this business can be very good."
Although they have followed parallel
tracks since meeting at QLT, Chen, 30, and
Heine, 27, have very different backgrounds.
The daughter of a teacher specializing in
First Nations education, Heine was born in
Vanderhoof and lived in a dozen different
communities ranging from UBC to Bella
Bella to Takla Landing to Surrey. She was the
first to graduate from the joint UBC-BCIL
Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology program. Chen was born in Hong Kong, but
largely raised in Richmond, with the exception of a high school year at an international
school in Indonesia. He earned a biochemistry degree from Simon Fraser University.
The idea for The Boulevard was born in
a brief moment of whimsy, but became serious business very quickly.
In the spring of 2004, just as she and
Chen were about to finish their exams,
Heine happened to strike up a conversation
with a woman who ran a Blenz franchise—
and grilled her for the secrets of success.
Later the same day she floated the idea with
Chen, who had long yearned to open a
restaurant. Chen mulled it over for a few
days, then signed on.
"I had lived in UBC residences for four-
and-a-half years and knew about the university town development, so I just fired an e-
mail to info@ubc, asking if there were any
potential retail spaces available," says Heine.
The e-mail wormed its way through
cyberspace and a few weeks later she
received a request for a business plan from
Bentall Realty.
At about the same time, the Specialty
Coffee Association of America held a conference in Vancouver. "This was just a week
after my med school final exams, so we had
the time," she says. "We paid to go and took
courses—like eight hours of latte training."
Chen and Heine went on the
assumption that a students' business plan
would have to be above average to be
accepted. "We took a scientist's approach
to it—broke it all down and just went to
town on it," she says. "It was 100 pages,
including even artist's drawings of what we
had in mind. It was very thorough and the
university said, 'Yes, we're interested.'"
Over the next year, the pair charmed
fellow medical and dental school students
into putting up 80 percent of the capital
(in the form of loans) before going to
the banks to top it up.
The result is a welcome addition to
the university environment—and, really, a
health service.
"The majority of a coffee drinkers'
daily intake of antioxidants is from coffee,"
smiles Chen, citing a recent study. "Another
recent paper said that drinking coffee helps
reduce liver damage due to alcohol intake."
Ask Chen if the research was from
peer-reviewed journals if you see him at The
Boulevard. He said he'd check up on it.
Fall/Winter 2006 UBC Medicine     11 Patrick and Edith McGeer
by Mari-Louise Rowley
Recipients of the 2006 Faculty of Medicine lifetime achievement award,
Drs. Patrick and Edith McGeer have set international benchmarks for
understanding and treating neurodegenerative diseases. At 79 and 82, they
are still "at the bench," honing discoveries that promise hope for the prevention
and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other degenerative disorders.
.heir history reads like a storybook romance written for research scientists. Patrick and Edith
McGeer met while working as chemists for DuPont. They lived in the same apartment building
across the hall from one another. When Patrick McGeer decided to return to medical school
at UBC, Edith came with him. In 1954 they both began working as volunteers under Dr. William
Gibson in what was then known as the department of Neurological Research in the Faculty
of Medicine. Ever since—for the past 52 years—they have worked side-by-side making
groundbreaking contributions to the understanding of neurodegenerative disease.
12      UBC Medicine Fall/Winter 2006 The Drs. McGeer have received numerous prestigious awards for
their research, including appointments to the Order of British
Columbia, the Order of Canada and the Royal Society of Canada.
They have been named two of the world's most highly cited
researchers in neuroscience by the International Scientific Institute.
Both have served major stints in administration as heads of the division of Neurological Sciences in the department of Psychiatry—
Patrick from 1964 to 1977 and Edith from 1983 to 1989.
Patrick McGeer also served in the British Columbia Legislative
Assembly from 1962 to 1986. He took annual leaves of absence from
the university during legislative sessions until 1975, when he took
full-time leave until 1986 as a cabinet minister in the Social Credit
government. He held various portfolios, including Minister of
Education; Minister of Universities, Science and Communications;
and Minister of International Trade, Science and Communication.
As a medical educator and an early supporter of distance education
and distributed learning, Dr. McGeer was instrumental in founding
the Open Learning Institute and the Knowledge Network.
While in office, he continued to work with Edith and other
colleagues in the laboratory in the evenings and on weekends. They
published 150 papers during that period as well as the first edition
of their textbook, Molecular Neurobiology of the Mammalian Brain, with
Nobel Laureate Sir John Eccles. Both have served on numerous
editorial boards, and over the course of their careers have supervised
over 100 post-doctoral students and numerous graduate students—
in addition to raising a family and teaching.
What do they attribute to such a long and fruitful partnership, and
what do they do to recharge? "Curiosity, and a mutual interest in
investigating human disease," states Patrick McGeer. "Reading about
new discoveries is revitalizing, and with the Internet, we have access
to a smorgasbord of discovery every day." And they go to Hawaii
every year, he adds.
Curiosity Drives Discovery "Firsts"
Patrick McGeer credits Dr. William Gibson, one of the first faculty
members of UBC's medical school, for setting them on their long and
celebrated career path. He hired the McGeers to do biochemical
research in schizophrenia, before antipsychotic drugs revolutionized
the treatment of psychiatric disorders. "Medical students today
don't know what acute schizophrenia is like because they never
see it. The early symptoms are treated and all of the acute
symptoms are blunted," he says.
The McGeers worked on neurotransmitters and their metabolites
in the study of schizophrenia. They were first to demonstrate the
neurotransmitter function of dopamine in the brain (dopamine is critical for many brain functions, including movement, cognition,
memory, motivation, and pleasure). Their work on neurotransmitters
proved crucial to the study and treatment of Parkinson's disease
(PD).They were first to administer large doses of DL-DOPA to
schizophrenics with parkinsonian side effects and to Parkinson's disease patients, publishing a seminal paper in the Journal of the American
Medical Association in 1961, several years before L-DOPA became a
standard therapy for PD.
The couple were the first to provide biochemical evidence of
aging in the normal brain, and then compare this evidence with
neurologically diseased brains. By counting neurons in the substantia
nigra, or midbrain, they showed that two-thirds of neurons are lost
before PD becomes evident. They were also pioneers in the use of
positron emission tomography (PET scans) and magnetic resonance
imaging (MRI) in neurological disease, and the first to follow up
pre-mortem imaging with postmortem findings. "At that time there
were only two imaging centres in the world that had both PET
and MRI. The other was in London," notes Dr. McGeer.
Inflammation an Antagonist in Alzheimer's Disease
One of the most fascinating—and controversial—areas of the
McGeer's research has been in the role of inflammation in neurodegenerative diseases. Initially, they were investigating a theory that
Alzheimer's disease (AD) was caused by a viral infection. Finding no
direct evidence of this, they consulted an immunologist and were
told that anywhere you find viral disease, you find HLA-DR, a human
leukocyte antigen that stimulates immune response—in this case,
an inflammation.
"Instead of a virus, we found something entirely new—a spectacular display of activated cells not generated by an infectious agent
at all, but by abnormal biochemical elements," Dr. McGeer explains.
They realized what they had found were microglia, cells first identified by the renowned Spanish neuroscientist Pio del Rio-Hortega in
1919. Microglia comprise roughly 15 percent of cells in the central
nervous system, and it is now universally accepted that they act as the
first line of defence when the nervous system is attacked.
The McGeers discovered that as part of their cellular defence
mechanism, activated microglia upregulate a variety of receptors and
other molecules involved in inflammation. In particular, HLA-DR
was present in microglia and upregulated in Alzheimer's disease.
Anti-inflammatory Drugs Decrease Incidence of
Degenerative Disease
From there, the McGeers hypothesized that people taking antiinflammatory agents should be spared from getting AD. They
consulted rheumatologists across the country and finally found
the data they were looking for, compiled by Dr. John Sibley,
a rheumatologist in Saskatoon. Indeed, people with rheumatoid
arthritis had an apparent six-fold sparing of AD—presumably
due to their anti-inflammatory medication.
Fall/Winter 2006 UBC Medicine     13 THE   McGEERS'   ADVICE  TO  STUDENTS   IS  SIMPLE. "What motivates
people to do research is curiosity. That's the only driving force."
The McGeers' initial findings—nearly 20 years ago—were
considered flawed by the research community. Since then, however,
their research on inflammation and AD has been confirmed by 25
studies worldwide. Not only has the McGeers' work been vindicated,
it has created a whole new field, with departments and professorships
in neuroinflammation established around the world. "We have also
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HARLEM 42-38
Young Pat McGeer Paces UBC;
Gym Bulges with 2000 Studes
By Don McLean
UBC'S  HIGH-FLYING Thunderbirds out-ran, out-shot and out-played
the mighty world-famous Harlem Globe Trotters as they chalked up a
well-earned 42-38 victory before a jam-packed house of screaming students
in their Varsity Gym Friday at noon.
Paced by young Pat McGeer, who tallied a total of 14 points, the 'Birds
grabbed a 23-16 lead at half time and then played the Trotters at their
own slow-moving pace for the second half to take the four-point victory.
vindicated what Hortega had postulated; namely, that these microglial
cells are phagocytes derived from the bloodstream," says Patrick
McGeer. Such phagocytes ingest and destroy foreign cells and microorganisms. Paradoxically, they can become overactive and produce
excessive levels of toxins, contributing to neuronal death.
As a result of their discoveries, the McGeers were the first to
establish the difference between autoimmunity and autotoxicity—
work that transformed the medical community's understanding of
inflammation. In autoimmunity, a systemic response, rogue T-cells and
B-cells triggered by the adaptive immune system attack the body's
own proteins. In autotoxicity, activated microglia, or their equivalents
in other tissues, destroy cells at a local level. There are no T-cells or
B-cells involved.
Remarkably, their research on AD has led to similar hypotheses
and findings not only in other neurodegenerative diseases such as PD
and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), but also in vascular disease,
macular degeneration and, lately, diabetes type II. "It appears that all
of the age-related degenerative diseases follow this pattern, where
an inflammation starts and then these local phagocytic cells try to
repair the damage and end up doing harm," says Patrick McGeer.
Better Drug Design to Fight Alzheimer's Disease
There is still much to discover about anti-inflammatory agents and
their potential as drug therapies for degenerative disease. "NSAIDS
such as ibuprofen act to inhibit the production of prostaglandins,
which turn out to be very weak inflammatory mediators," Patrick
McGeer explains. "The most widely utilized class of drugs in the
world is only swatting around at the edge of the inflammatory problem." The McGeers have identified stronger, more specific
inflammatory mediators, and are now screening different peptides
to identify new agents that will block the inflammatory process
in different degenerative diseases.
An estimated 290,000 Canadians over 65 suffer from Alzheimer's
disease, and the burden of care is astronomical. The disease costs $5
billion to $10 billion a year, with at least 100 people involved in
the care of each patient in the acute stage of the disease. "For every
10,000 people looking after patients, there is only one researcher
trying to find a cure," says Patrick McGeer.
The first wave of baby boomers will turn 60 in 2007. Prevention
and treatment should be more of a priority, he feels. Both Patrick and
Edith would like to see more scientists recruited into this effort—and
the sooner the better. "There is a wealth of tools at our disposal that
weren't available a few years ago," says Patrick McGeer. "All the greatest discoveries have yet to be made."
Pat McGeer far left.
14     UBC Medicine Fall/Winter 2006 Flying solo
IN      FORT     ST.      JOHN      byTimCarlson
travelling far and wide—even taking to the skies—to reach out
to people in need of eye care, wherever they may be.
UBC's Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Residency Training
Program in the northeastern BC community of Fort St. John
is the first experience most residents have in "flying solo" as an
ophthalmologist. It's also their first experience applying the
ophthalmologists' mission—it's virtually built into the program.
Fall/Winter 2006 UBC Medicine     15 The 32-year-old initiative is a model of mutual benefit. The
residents gain community experience—and the community gains
access to a whole range of specialized eye care services.
The 32-year-old initiative is a model of mutual benefit.
The Ophthalmology residents gain community experience—and
the "maturation process of independent thinking and problem-
solving, away from constant supervision," as Dr. Gordon Douglas,
one of the Fort St. John program's first faculty members, describes it.
The community gains access to a whole range of specialized
eye care services.
In 1974, department chairman Dr. Stephen Drance heard the BC
health minister on the radio saying the government would fund "new
residency positions for imaginative projects." Drance, who was also
the driving force behind the creation of the UBC/VGH Eye Care
Centre in Vancouver, wasted no time in making his pitch.
"I went to the deputy minister and said we could create an
outreach clinic to serve the North and give our residents experience
outside the local teaching hospitals," Drance recalled in a recent
interview. "But I said he'd have to make up his mind in a week,
because the person I had in mind was not funded, and if we lost this
person, the chance of finding someone in the next year wasn't very
good. The program was approved almost immediately. I appointed the
resident and we began the program six weeks later."
At the time, there were no ophthalmologists in the Peace
District, and only "one or two optometrists" in Fort St. John,
Drance remembers.
Residents signed up for two- or three-week stints, and supervisors
flew up to oversee their work for two days of each resident's session.
The residents' commitment to their Northern patients was ongoing—
they usually tried to schedule their patients' surgery with specialists in
Vancouver or Prince George so that both resident and patient would
return to Fort St John at the same time, and the resident would be on
the spot for the post-operative follow-up.
While the rural setting may offer students the odd case they
likely wouldn't see in a large urban centre—a corneal injury from a
horsetail flick, for instance, or injuries from vehicular collisions with
moose, or even a bear attack—the program's most important impact
has been on the care and treatment of chronic conditions.
"Children who may not have had adequate care for strabismus
[now] had ongoing care—often by pediatric specialists," says Dr.
Douglas. "Diabetics received care that would commonly have been
end-stage before the eye clinic was initiated. Cataracts that would
[previously] have been neglected too long were identified and
treated earlier and better.
"Glaucoma, another chronic disease, was diagnosed or confirmed
as a problem in many cases that would have otherwise been left
until one eye was blind or nearly blind. There were many . . . patients
who thought they could leave their 'cataracts' for a while—only
to find out that they [actually] had glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy."
Suddenly, there was an extremely important perceptual shift in
the population. The solution to their eye problems was actually
within reach.
"Patients would still travel hundreds of kilometres for a visit,
and often through snowstorms or rainstorms . . . [but] distances
became relative as soon as facilities were 'closer,'" recalled Dr. Douglas,
in an e-mail from Accra, Ghana. He is in Ghana to work with Project
ORBIS International, the well-known non-profit organization that
operates the world's only flying eye hospital.
The residents in the Fort St. John program experienced a
perceptual shift too, in social terms as well as in their medical practice.
"Winter in Fort St. John can be traumatic for many whose
homes may be in warmer climates," Dr. Douglas wrote. "One such
resident was seen walking down the main street on a Friday evening
in a raincoat when the wind chill was close to —40°C. He was
redirected back to the hotel before he lost any body parts to freezing.
"The other issue was one of boots and shoes. It was a regular
occurrence to see residents trying to walk in snow and on ice
with 'city shoes.'" Last, but not least, he adds, "The local scene also had
to be taken into account. You simply don't schedule a clinic
in the middle of bonspiel season!"
16     UBC Medicine Fall/Winter 2006 Six residents now travel to Fort St. John for two- or three-week
stints each year. "The program has evolved rapidly and a lot
of that has to do with the support of the community," says Dr.
Simon Holland, who was introduced to Fort St. John as a resident
in 1981. He is now a clinical professor in the UBC department
of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, and UBC medical director
of the Fort St. John program. Dr. Holland says the region has
chosen to stay with the program, because it provides access to the
vast subspecialist knowledge available through UBC and VGH.
Optician Glen Merwin, born and raised in Fort St. John—he
describes himself proudly as "a lifer"—has been working with
the Ophthalmology Residency Training Program for the past six
years. "The program has saved hundreds and hundreds of
people the trouble and expense of having to go far from home,
by themselves, for treatment. The majority of patients are seniors,"
he adds, "the very people who are least able to travel."
Fort St. John does not suffer technologically from its remote
location. "We've been generously supported by industry up there," says
Dr. Holland. "We do cataract surgery with ultrasound machines that
Fort St. John got about the same time Vancouver did."
A passionate advocate for eye care services in the North, Dr.
Holland is hoping that a needs assessment study will soon be
underway to identify key current and future eye care challenges
in the region and facilitate planning for them.
Ophthalmology resident Dr. Tanya Orton has spent three
weeks in Fort St. John already, and will pay another visit in the final
year of her residency.
"The nice thing about it is that it helps give you an idea of
what your own practice would be like," says Orton. "A lot of times
residents don't get that kind of experience until they are finished
and out on their own.
"On a personal level it gives me some confidence and some
idea of the areas I need to improve on. It's good from a learning
perspective and also from the perspective that you're helping
out the community."
As they move ahead in their professional lives, many former residents maintain an ongoing commitment to the Fort St. John program,
taking their turn as an instructor, visiting specialist or administrator.
Ladner-based ophthalmologist Dr. David Fine, a UBC graduate
who went to Fort St. John in 2001 and 2002, has continued his commitment by supervising residents for a few weeks every year.
"It's a very well-run clinic and you see a wide variety of patients,"
Dr. Fine says. His commitment is fed by the chance to sharpen his
skills in teaching surgery—an opportunity that doesn't exist for him
in the Lower Mainland.
"I'd like to make teaching a larger part of my practice," says Fine.
"I've been gearing towards international work. Once I'm comfortable
teaching cataract surgery in Fort St. John, I'd like to do it in developing countries. I have a master's degree in Public Health as well, so
I'm interested in population-based studies and teaching."
Fine likes the challenge of working in remote locations.
"You learn seff-reliance," he says.
Dr. Holland agrees. Born, raised and trained in Zimbabwe, he
worked for Project ORBIS between 1982 and 1987 in various
locations around the world, and most recently, earlier this year, in
Libya. "It's good to be able to go out into the world and do
something useful," he says.
But in the true spirit of the Fort St. John program, he
adds, "It's important to remember we also need to do some
of the same work closer to home."
'On a personal level it gives me some confidence and some of
idea of the areas I need to improve on. It's good from a learning
perspective and also from the perspective that you're helping
out the community. '
Fall/Winter 2006 UBC Medicine     17 new CME/CPD Awards
Make your Nomination
To recognize the tireless efforts and special
accomplishments of many fine people and groups
affiliated with the UBC Faculty of Medicine
The UBC Faculty of Medicine
CPD Awards Adjudication Committee
is now accepting nominations for:
1. The Innovation in CME/CPD Award
2. Distinguished Service to CME/CPD Award
For more information about nominee
criteria or to obtain a nomination form
please go to www.cpdkt.ubc.ca or
call 604-822-6434
Submission Deadline:
Wednesday, November 15,2006
Anyone may make one or more nominations for either award. Nominees can be any clinical or full time faculty or any
staff of the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Groups or programs must have official linkage to a Division, Department School
or Research Centre within the UBC Faculty of Medicine.
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I am writing my first president's report on
a glorious early September evening awaiting
the Gulf Islands ferry. I hope you have all
had as wonderful a summer as my family and
I have enjoyed.
These are indeed exciting times for
medicine. Nationally, there is renewed discussion of how we can best deliver quality
health care in a timely fashion. Provincially
the first cohort of UBC medical students
in the distributed program started their
clinical clerkships in September. More than
2,600 physicians serve as clinical faculty
across BC, helping to teach these students.
For some time, many have felt that unlike
alumni at other prestigious Canadian medical
schools, the UBC medical alumni have been
overlooked. Ted by Dean Stuart, the Faculty
has set out to remedy this. I have been asked
to extend the following message to you:
"The Faculty of Medicine gratefully
acknowledges the ongoing support of
the UBC Medical Alumni Association and
the many alumni who are clinical faculty
members in the teaching enterprise of
the Faculty."
I would encourage you to participate
in the focus groups and opinion survey being
conducted early in the new year.
I have included some key points regarding credentialing and remuneration of
teaching faculty from a report to the Medical
Alumni executive committee by Dr.
Katherine E. Paton, clinical associate professor, Ophthalmology &Visual Sciences,
and special advisor to the dean, Clinical
Faculty Affairs.
Have a great fall!
Clinical Faculty Affairs Report
Clinical faculty appointments are made by
the UBC Board of Governors through the
clinician's department of practice, regardless
of where and whom they teach. The duration of these appointments is linked to the
faculty member's rank. Accreditation
requirements mandate that all clinical teachers have an appointment. There is a short
form of the CV and a process for facilitating
appointment for any clinical faculty
requiring this assistance.
Separate from the appointment is a contract, which articulates financial recognition
of teaching activities, and is in effect for a
time-certain duration so that all clinical faculty are paid by the same rates, regardless
of their date of appointment. A new contract
is being introduced, which builds upon the
previous contract. It includes substantial new
monies for clinical teaching for patient care
at the undergraduate level, and new principles for post-graduate teaching, with patient
care money to follow the resident to off-site
and off-service rotations in a more accurate
recognition of the burden of teaching. There
are also new processes to support payment,
and better processes are under development
for capturing the teaching activities of clinical faculty.
In view of ongoing discussions between
the BCMA—representing the University
Clinical Faculty Association, a voluntary
organization of more than 525 clinical teachers—and UBC, there is no requirement for
clinical faculty to sign a contract at this time.
We wish all alumni a terrific fall term
and hope those newly engaged in teaching
find the experience exhilarating.
Dr. Katherine Paton, Special Advisor
to the Dean, Clinical Faculty Affairs
Information and advocacy services are available
through the Office of Clinical Faculty Affairs and
at www.med.ubc.ca/clinfac. MEDICAL   ALUMNI    ASSOCIATION    AWARDS
Dr. Basil Boulton—Wallace Wilson Leadership Award
I met Basil Boulton—physician, husband,
father, friend, and children's advocate—
in medical school. We became very close
friends, who shared our faith and
life principles.
I had the special privilege of playing
the organ at Basil and Marilyn's wedding,
with a flypast of jets roaring overhead as
the minister pronounced them man and
wife. It seemed impressive—until we found
out that it was for the opening of the PNE!
In those days, few medical students were
married. Basil and I were two of just seven
in our class of 60, and Basil worked
very hard to support himself and his family
throughout medical school.
Basil took his medical training very
seriously. He even volunteered to be a
scientific guinea pig at a two-hour Saturday
morning session in the old Tecture Hall A.
Many in our class will remember his
matchup with the late Bill Mclntyre to
help demonstrate how different people
handle a given amount of alcohol—seven
ounces over two hours—differently.
Being 'four sheets to the wind' is not
expected after morning lectures. His wife
Marilyn remembers her disbelief as a group
of students brought him safely home—
insisting it truly was an experiment!
[editor's NOTE: Basil protests! His
recollection is that he was "volunteered"—
after Frank Anderson declined.]
Basil's road led him into pediatrics,
while I pursued internal medicine.
We remained good friends, keeping in
contact through patient management.
Basil would call me about a patient, and
I could tell immediately that he was
aware of every aspect of that patient's health
and welfare. He is intense and detailed
in his practice of medicine, taking every
symptom of a patient very seriously.
And he always sought the best possible
investigation and treatment. Basil's patient
management was detailed and complete—
an excellent quality in a physician.
Basil found his calling in pediatrics in
Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1964, during
a rotation from the Montreal General
Hospital. Invited to return as a Pediatric
resident, he found himself the principal
physician for a large, mainly black outpatient
population in the early days of desegregation.
In 1967 he returned to Canada to
complete his training at the Health Centre
for Children at Vancouver General Hospital.
He was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II
Fellowship to work with Dr. Denny Vince
in pediatric cardiology. Pediatrics was
not well developed outside Vancouver, so in
1969 he established a practice in Victoria,
where he worked to improve the health care
of children until he retired from active
practice in 2004.
As students, we didn't think kids had
important illnesses, but obviously that is
not the case. In 1977, supported by medical
colleagues and the public, Basil led a
campaign to improve pediatric and maternity
services, which were split between two
major hospitals in Victoria. The result was
a single, well-equipped and staffed,
integrated unit at Victoria General Hospital.
This endeavour was broadened to include
all community child health services with the
release of the influential 1980 report on
child health care in the Capital Region,
which he co-authored with former deputy
health minister James Mainguy
Basil is a dedicated and concerned
advocate for all patients and their needs.
He has served on the board of the
Greater Victoria Hospital Society and the
BC Medical Association, and on various
Victoria and provincial committees and
organizations. He currently sits on the BC
Medical Association Council of Health
Promotion and the Child and Youth Health
Committee. He is also an elected councillor
for the Township of Esquimalt.
In addition to his service at home, Basil
has volunteered internationally. As a member
of the Christian Medical Society, he worked
with the Cuban Ministry of Health and
Cuban doctors to improve the health and
welfare of children in that country.
Basil is dedicated to his family of four
children and eight grandchildren. He
chooses and builds solid friendships. I have
always found him to be open and honest
in his relationships and his criticisms. He's a
person you'd really like to know—loyal
and supportive of his friends and family, and
a true gentleman.
I am honoured to share in recognizing
my friend and colleague, Basil Boulton,
as the recipient of this year's Wallace Wilson
Leadership Award, for making significant
contributions to our profession.
from the presentation by
Frank Anderson, MD'63
Fall/Winter 2006 UBC Medical Alumni News     21 MEDICAL   ALUMNI    ASSOCIATION    AWARDS
Dr. Gordon B. Thompson—Honorary Alumnus
Dr. Gordon Bruce Thompson, or GBT
as we affectionately call him, was born in
Saskatchewan on February 6, 1925, the
youngest of three boys, all of whom became
surgeons. He completed a BSc at the
University of Manitoba in 1946, and his MD
at McGill in 1952. His internship and core
surgical years at Vancouver General (VGH)
and UBC hospitals (1952-1955) included a
six-month stint as a clinical clerk in
Neurology at the world-famous National
Hospital for Nervous Diseases in Tondon,
England. When he returned to McGill and
the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI)
for neurosurgical training, he was particularly
influenced by Dr. William Vernon Cone, a
neurosurgical icon. Dr. Cone's obsession with
excellence, high ethics, compassion, and
hard work permanently left their mark on
the young GBT.
He obtained his FRCSC in 1959, and
married Sally, a nurse at MNI. She has been
his supportive wife for 47 years!
GBT joined the neurosurgical staff at
VGH in 1960, the youngest of six busy surgeons. He practised his profession at UBC
and its affiliated teaching hospitals for
31 years and was the divisional head of
Neurosurgery for an amazing 26 years.
He is currently professor emeritus in the
UBC department of Surgery.
Among his many accomplishments
are the establishment of
One of western Canada's first accredited
training programs in Neurosurgery, with a
trainee pass rate of 100 percent on the
Royal College exams—unique in Canada
to this day
With Dr. Juhn Wada, the first formal
Canadian program outside of the MNI for
the surgical correction of intractable
epilepsy, with results on par with any other
world centre at that time
With orthopaedic and neurosurgical colleagues at Shaughnessy Hospital, one of
North America's first comprehensive units
for the treatment of spinal cord injury
Canada's first intracranial pressure monitoring program
[editor's NOTE: Dr. Thompson credits his
colleague, Dr. Felix Durity with the development
and implementation of this last program.]
GBT's achievements as one of Canada's
premier surgeons in the management of
degenerative spinal disc diseases have been
widely recognized, as has his generous
fostering of the careers of younger surgeons
on his staff. Under his leadership, Ian
Turnbull, MD'57, in stereotactic neurosurgery, and Sydney Peerless, MD'61,
in cerebral microsurgical revascularization,
became recognized international leaders.
His many administrative roles include
the presidencies of the Canadian and the
Western Neurosurgical societies, the North
Pacific Society of Neurology, Neurosurgery
and Psychiatry, and the Society of
University Neurosurgeons.
He has been chief examiner in
Neurosurgery for the Royal College of
Canada and a member of its supervisory
Nucleus Committee, which shapes the
course of the specialty. GBT has been a visiting professor at several universities, including
the Chang Gung Memorial University in
Taipei, Taiwan, and he has published widely.
The UBC Faculty of Medicine and
VGH have both recognized GBT for his
clinical expertise. The Canadian Medical
Association accorded him senior membership
in 2000, and the BC Medical Association
its Silver Medal of Service in 2006.
The Faculty of Medicine also awarded
him a Golden Jubilee Medal, for his singular,
outstanding contributions to the Faculty
and his vision of how the complex area of
neurosurgery might be practised, taught and
studied—which created one of Canada's
prominent neurosurgical divisions.
GBT's humane approach and commitment to his patients are perhaps reflected
best in some of the cherished aphorisms
that we, his residents, came to associate
with the man:
"If you don't examine the patients, you
do not hit any home runs." "I'd rather
spend three hours more in the OR and have
my patients go home three months earlier."
"Felix, when you operate on a wife and
mother with three kids, you are operating
on five people."
Gordon and Sally are the proud parents
of three daughters, and grandparents of three
boys. They have retired to Parksville, where
GBT has become an accomplished golfer, a
veritable green thumb, a proficient knitter,
and an active community leader.
He is truly deserving of this award
from the alumni of the university he has
served so well.
from the presentation by
Felix Durity, MD'63
22     UBC Medical Alumni News Fall/Winter 2006 Honorary Alumna—Dr. Dorothy Shaw
I consider it an honour to introduce Dr.
Dorothy Shaw as a new honorary member.
Dorothy was born in England, but
did her early medical training in Scotland.
Graduation from the University of
Edinburgh was followed by an internship
in Edinburgh hospitals. She came to
Canada in 1973 to enter the residency program in obstetrics and gynaecology at
VGH. In 1974 she returned to England for
a year of clinical and research experience
before coming back to Vancouver in 1975
to complete the final three years of
her residency.
The emerging subspecialty of maternal
and fetal medicine became her chosen
field of interest. She took further training in
medical genetics, prenatal diagnosis and
obstetrical ultrasound before joining the staff
of the department of Obstetrics and
Gynaecology in 1979. During the '80s and
'90s, she played an active role in teaching,
clinical care and counselling, working
closely with colleagues in Medical Genetics,
in which she holds a joint appointment.
In the last five years her career has
undergone a gradual shift in emphasis and
direction. She has assumed increasing
administrative responsibilities within the
Faculty, serving as Associate Dean, Equity,
from 2000 to 2005, and currently as
Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs.
These are the milestones in a professional
career in progress, but they tell you little
about Dorothy the person; about who she is
and what she stands for. She is a charming,
independent-minded woman who likes
people. She is a good listener and good communicator. She enjoys gardening, travel and
learning about other cultures.
Dorothy and her husband, Mark
Millman, are the parents of three daughters
who are currently attending three separate
Canadian universities. Interestingly, all three
are preparing for careers related in some
way to health care. One of them plans
to look after four-legged, rather than two-
legged, patients.
Dorothy's strong sense of social justice
has been an important influence on her
career. Her focus has been predominantly
on a range of women's health issues, but
her goals are based on the principles of
universal tolerance, respect and equal opportunity. Beginning with her early interest
in the Planned Parenthood Association and
the place of choice for women, she has
become a champion of women's sexual
and reproductive rights.
As an obstetrician and gynaecologist,
she has come through the ranks of several
professional organizations to positions
of influence and opportunity. In 1992 she
became the fourth female president in
the Society of Obstetricians and
Gynaecologists of Canada's 47-year history.
She was honoured by the society in 2005
with the President's Award.
During the past few years, she has
extended her voice to the international field
through the International Federation of
Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). As an
invited speaker, delegate and/or committee
member she has travelled extensively to
other parts of the world, speaking on gender
equity, reproductive rights and responsibilities, and discrimination and violence against
women. Since the year 2000, she has visited
countries on five different continents. Her
travels and influence will continue after her
installation in November in Kuala Tumpur
as the first woman president of FIGO.
I recently heard Dr. Martha Piper, the
[now former] president of UBC, speak
about her vision of what the future of UBC
should be. It was to achieve excellence in
teaching and research, and to promote what
she called "global citizenship." By this she
meant that we should extend our horizons
and prepare our students to think as, and
to be, global citizens.
Dorothy has demonstrated this global
vision and serves as a role model for
our students and for our faculty as we strive
to meet Dr. Piper's challenging dream
for UBC. Dorothy will be a credit to the
Medical Alumni Association, as she
already has been to the medical profession.
from the presentation by
Dr. Fred E. Bryans (Hon.)
Fall/Winter 2006 UBC Medical Alumni News     23 MEDICAL   ALUMNI    ASSOCIATION    AWARDS
Dr. Warren Julien, Dr. Ramon Lam, Dr. Ivo Olivotto—Silver Anniversary Award Winners
This award is presented to a graduate of the
25th anniversary class who, in the opinion
of his/her classmates, has best demonstrated
qualities in one or more of the following
areas: leadership, research, teaching, clinical
care, administration, or public service.
For the first time since the award's
inception, voting ended in a tie—and a
three-way tie at that. This year's winners
are Drs. Warren Julien, Raymond Tarn
and Ivo Olivotto.
I think our classmate Rod Densmore,
who practises in Salmon Arm, speaks for all
of us when he says, "I could not be happier
this is a three-way tie. I salute them all—and
look forward to seeing what comes next for
each one."
Warren Julien
Rod Densmore
Warren Julien.
For several
years Warren
contended with a
illness, surgery and
several courses
of chemotherapy.
Despite this health challenge, he continued
to work as a GP/anesthetist in Summerland,
and to be very involved with family. A source
of strength through all this was his church—
he was, and is, a central person in the music
ministry in his church.
"Warren is an exceptionally caring
doctor and family man—an inspiration for
the rest of us," Rod wrote. "He survived
the rather (very!) harrowing job of small-
northern-town GP for almost a decade.
I saw him a few times then and learned how
hard it was to balance the incessant call
demands with the needs of a young family...
yet I think he did this as well as anyone.
"When I recently caught up with
him and his teenage son doing the BC Tung
Association Trek for Tife and Breath—a
200-kilometre bicycle trip to raise funds for
respiratory research—the chemistry between
him and his son was heartwarming."
Raymond Lam
Dr. Pvay Tarn is
professor and head
of the division of
Mood Disorders
in the department
of Psychiatry
at UBC—but
first and foremost
he is a clinician.
"Pvay has always
been available for consultation regarding difficult depressive patients," nominator
Kathleen Cadenhead says. "He has been very
supportive of family practitioners and has
spearheaded several programs to help support
psychiatric care by primary care physicians in
the community."
An active researcher, with a main focus
on understanding the biological basis of
seasonal affective disorder, Ray has authored
over 230 scientific articles and written four
books on depression.
Pvay co-developed the Brain and
Behaviour block in the Faculty of Medicine's
new curriculum. He is a gifted educator
of both medical students and residents, and
has been recognized by the Canadian
Mental Health Association for his public
education initiatives.
Active in his local community, I^ay has
coached his son's baseball and soccer teams.
Ivo Olivotto
Gail Dodek
Wenner nominated
Ivo Olivotto, professor of Radiation
Oncology at UBC,
chief physician and
head of Radiation
Oncology at the
BC Cancer Agency
in Victoria, and
founder and head of the BC Cancer Agency's
Breast Cancer Outcomes Unit.
After graduation, Ivo did a rotating
internship at St. Michael's Hospital in
Toronto, locums in Victoria, and then a
residency in Radiation Oncology. In
1987 he joined the BC Cancer Agency in
Vancouver as a staff radiation oncologist.
He taught undergraduates and residents,
winning teaching awards in 1991, 1992
and 1996.
Since 1987, Ivo's clinical work has
focused on the care and treatment of patients
with breast cancer. He has authored over
100 publications, ranging from screening to
diagnosis to treatment, communication
and alternative therapy, with a particular
emphasis on outcomes research. One of his
most meaningful works is a book for
women newly diagnosed with breast cancer,
Breast Cancer: All You Need to Know to
Take an Active Part in Your Treatment, now
in its fourth edition, written with Drs.
Karen Gelmon, David McCready Kathleen
Pritchard, and Urve Kuusk.
from the presentation by
Jim Cupples, MD'81
24     UBC Medical Alumni News Fall/Winter 2006 MUS
o r
Derry Dance
Class of 2009
As the new president of the Medical
Undergraduate Society, it is my pleasure to
introduce myself and give a brief update
on the state of the student body.
I spent my formative years in the raspberry capital of Canada (Abbotsford, BC),
after which I sought the bright lights and
sushi ofVancouver for my Bachelor of
Science degree in Pharmacology at UBC.
Having whetted my appetite for learning,
I spent two years doing pediatric drug
policy research at BC Children's Hospital,
followed by law school, with an emphasis on
health law and mediation. My passion and
end objective has always been medicine, but
I find that I've acquired a taste for student
governance and advocacy. My 'hobby' is
food: I am an avid eater, who relishes both
the cooking and the consuming. When
I'm not in the kitchen or at the table, you'll
find me playing most any sport—though
most likely hockey or soccer.
I hope my experiences will assist me
in serving both the MUS and alumni
with the variety of issues that lie ahead.
Notably, the expanded and distributed
program is beginning its third iteration,
and the first expanded class will now have
entered its clinical clerkship—this is
an exciting next step, but one that will
likely entail a number of challenges.
A cooperative effort by the MUS, the
Faculty and alumni will allow us to
address those challenges together.
The future for UBC medical students
is looking bright. As we start along
this exciting but unfamiliar path, we are
encouraged by the knowledge that
there is a strong medical community to
support and assist us. With the recent
changes in medical education, the resources
available to students are becoming
increasingly valuable, and we are continually
grateful for investments made on our
behalf by the alumni.
rep o rt
David F. Hardwick, MD'57
The 224 members of the Class of 2010 bring
the number of MD undergraduates to a
healthy 776 students—632 of whom are in
the Vancouver Fraser Medical Program.
This has had a huge impact on activity at the
Medical Student & Alumni Centre.
From September 2005 to May 2006, students booked both halls most weekdays and
made extensive use of the exercise room.
Competition for evening times was intense.
Over and above student demand, there
are 15 years of alumni who used MSAC during their undergraduate and/or residency
years—not to mention alumni from earlier
years. More and more of them are taking
advantage of the space for reunions and
other activities.
In response, the MSAC Board has
reduced evening and weekend public rentals,
freeing up more time for students and alumni. They are encouraging faculty and staff
from UBC and our affiliated hospitals to rent
MSAC for daytime workshops, retreats and
other events.
MSAC is certainly fulfilling its mandate
to provide facilities for students and alumni
to meet socially and recreationally! Thanks
to financial support from students, alumni
and the Faculty of Medicine, it will
continue to do so.
Introducing the Office
of Alumni Affairs
Miro Kinch, Director
Did you know that we're the only Canadian
Faculty of Medicine to have our own
building specifically for students and alumni?
Opening an Office of Alumni Affairs
at MSAC is another first—services for
both groups are now available, on the spot.
Our job in this office is to work with all
of you—alumni-to-be as well as graduates—
to help build and support a thriving community of people who share interests, experiences and good times.
We focus on friend-raising (not fundraising)—on supporting established relationships
and developing new ones that truly reflect
your interests, abilities, needs, and concerns,
while complementing and supporting those
of the Faculty, and of the university.
I'd like to begin by
getting to know you,
and I hope you'll help
me do that by agreeing
to be part of a focus
group, and/or responding to our survey later
this fall/winter. And of
course the door is
always open at MSAC—
drop by anytime. We'd love to see you!
Fall/Winter 2006 UBC Medical Alumni News     25 Alumni Awards, Achievements & Activities
Nazira Chatur, MD'99, (1 above) was a
recipient of the Faculty of Medicine Clinical
Excellence in Teaching Award. This award
recognizes the essential role clinical faculty
members play in enabling students and residents to develop clinical skills and to integrate and translate prior classroom and textbook learning into effective health care.
In April this year, Doug Clement, MD'59,
was inducted into the Canadian Olympic
Hall of Fame for his remarkable four-decade
sports career. Prior to the current honour,
Doug received the Order of Canada and the
Sports Medicine Council Tifetime
Achievement Award and was inducted into
both the BC and UBC Sports Halls of Fame.
Charles Eckfeldt, MD'93, Hazelton, BC,
received the Rural Service Award from the
Society of Rural Physicians of Canada
at the 14th annual Rural and Remote
Medicine convention in Winnipeg.
The Canadian Medical Association Honorary
Membership Award was conferred on
Charles Ennals (2 above) and William
Meekison, both from the Class of 1962.
Psychiatrist Robert Fairbairn, MD'59, is
now retired. He resides in Denver, Colorado.
Igor Grant, MD'66, (3 above) received the
2005 Annual Faculty Award for Excellence in
Teaching from the School of Medicine at the
University of California at San Diego, where
he is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry.
The award recognizes his more than 30 years
as an educator at UCSD, as well as his
contributions in developing and teaching
core courses to medical students and in
developing a new graduate program in clinical psychology.
As director of the HIV Neurobehavioral
Research Center, Dr. Grant heads a translational research program that receives approximately $15 million annually in extramural
research funding. His own research concerns
neurological and behavioural complications
of HIV/AIDS. He is author or co-author of
400 publications.
Alan Hemming, MD'87, (4 above) was in
General Surgery at UBC from 1988 to
1994, did liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery in Toronto from 1994 to 1996,
and served as associate professor at the
University ofToronto from 1996 to 1999.
Since 1999, he has been at the University
of Florida in Gainesville and is professor and
chief, division of Transplantation and
HPB Surgery. He married in 1990 and he
and Marie have three children.
Louisa Mackenzie, MD'01, (5 above)
completed a Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Fellowship at Alberta Children's Hospital
in June 2006.
She and best friend Kevin Mottershead
were married in August 2006 and are now
in Taos, South East Asia, to work for a year
with Health Frontiers. They will return to
Canada in the summer of 2007 and Touisa
will set up shop in Victoria, BC.
John Masterson, MD'77, received the
2006 Faculty of Medicine Career Award in
Clinical Teaching in recognition of his
sustained record and reputation for
Patrick McGeer, MD'58, was a
recipient of the BC Institute of
Technology's Honorary Doctor of
Technology, 2006, conferred for
outstanding and sustained achievement
in the recipient's area of expertise.
Philip Muir, MD'67, received a 2006
College of Physicians and Surgeons of
BC Award of Excellence.
Andrea Procter, MD'03, (7 above) and
Dr. Chris Steyn were married on August 6
in Vancouver. She is an Anesthesia resident
at the University ofWestern Ontario.
The Canadian Medical Association awarded
the 2006 Sir Charles Tupper Award for
Political Action to Robert Strang, MD'90,
(6 above) of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in recognition of his work in advancing CMA health
policy through his tireless efforts to educate
government, the public and health care
professionals about the importance of
smoke-free public spaces.
2006 BCMA Awards
Dr. Patricia Baird (Hon.) (8 above left)
received the BCMA's Dr. Cam Coady
Award. The Dr. Coady Foundation was
established to commemorate Dr. Coady s
great love of medicine and to ensure that
his objectives of achieving excellence
in health care continue to be fostered.
William Mackie, MD'76, (8 above right)
was installed as chair, General Assembly, BC
Medical Association, for 2006/2007.
Heidi Oetter, MD'85, (9 above) was awarded the Dr. David M. Bachop Gold Medal
for Distinguished Medical Service.
26     UBC Medical Alumni News Fall/Winter 2006 Dr. Gordon Thompson (Hon.) received
the BCMA Silver Medal of Service, the
association's highest honour.
VGH Celebrates 100 Years
Alumni can take a trip down memory lane
by browsing through the special anniversary
publication Vancouver General Hospital: 100
Years of Care and Service, by Donald Tuxton.
The archival photos are fascinating—that's
Heather Pavilion (10 above)—and there are
100 years of good stories in its pages.
A Hole-in-One!
UBC's medical alumni excel in many fields,
and this year many of us excelled on the
fairways at the 19th Annual Medical Alumni
Golf Tournament.
Grover Wong, MD'92, (11 above, left)
raised the bar for future tournaments by
shooting a hole-in-one on the seventh hole
at Fraserview Golf Course. "Where's the
car?" everyone asked, expecting a fabulous
prize for such an accomplishment. Grover
received a device for fishing golf balls out of
water hazards, suggesting that his good luck
may not last forever. He also received cheers
and congratulations from his colleagues
for a perfect tee shot.
Grover wasn't the only outstanding golfer
at the tournament. Brad Fritz, MD'75,
won the low net prize with a 72, adding
his name once again to the trophy. Dave
Kester, MD'68, also a repeat winner, shot
the lowest gross score this year with a 76.
Against a competitive field, Jim Mason,
MD'76, won the longest drive, and
Dave Harder, MD'59, won the putting
contest with a ball less than one centimetre
from the hole.
Other golfers such as Doug Clement,
MD'59, and Ron Warneboldt, MD'75,
(11 above, right)—who both shot personal
bests—participated for the collegiality rather
than the competition.
The golf tournament is an opportunity
for classmates to get together, to compete
and to work together again as a team. The
Class of 1957 won the best foursome score,
and the Class of 1970 entered a team for
the first time this year.
Organized by Drew Young, MD'59, and
Ron Warneboldt, the tournament had
post-noon tee-off times, allowing doctors
to put in a half-day in the office before
their afternoon of sport, relaxation and south
slope sun. The roast beef and salmon buffet
in the clubhouse was excellent, and this year
everyone went home with a prize.
The tournament has changed dates and
locations over the years, but has now settled
on June at the Fraserview Golf Course.
Fraserview is in East Vancouver and easy to
reach for MDs in the Tower Mainland and
the Fraser Valley. All medical doctors
and their colleagues are welcome to attend,
whether or not they are UBC alumni.
Next year's tournament is scheduled for
Thursday, June 14, 2007.
Alumni Weekend 2006
Many of our friends and colleagues took
advantage of UBC's newly launched annual
event and made it part of their reunion
plans. Festivities took place September 29,
30 and October 1.
MD'61 celebrated their 45th Anniversary
Reunion with dinner at Watermark
Restaurant on Kits Beach, Alumni Weekend
activities on Point Grey campus, and a
private tour of the Tife Sciences Centre.
MD'66 gathered for their 40th Anniversary
Reunion on Point Grey campus on Saturday,
followed by dinner at the Arbutus Club.
MD'71 also chose Alumni Weekend activities for their 35th Anniversary Reunion.
MD'86 launched their 20th Anniversary
Reunion with Alumni Weekend activities
during the day and dinner at Cecil Green
Park House on Point Grey.
Other Reunions
MD'81 spent their 25th Anniversary
Reunion at Brentwood Bay Todge and Spa,
October 13 tol5.
MD'96 held their 10th Anniversary
Reunion on September 23 and 24.
Festivities began with an evening reception
at the Medical Student & Alumni Centre,
and included family brunch at Cecil Green
Park House on Sunday, with games, a
bouncy castle, clowns, and more.
Planning your reunion? For information
and assistance, please contact Marguerite
Collins at marguerite. collins@ubc.ca, or call
her at 604-827-3294.
Fall/Winter 2006 UBC Medical Alumni News     27 Aboriginal Peoples'
Health—Family Medicine
Payam Puya Sazegar,
University of British Columbia,
Victoria, BC
Steven Booth, University of
Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
Jacqueline Hudson,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Kyle Kirkham, University of
Toronto, Toronto, ON
Kalina Popova,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Kenneth Ryan, University of
Western Ontario, Tondon, ON
Shelley Tweedle,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Michael Wong,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Stephen C.K. Wu,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome your new
colleagues and fellow alumni—the Class of 2006.
Here's where you'll find them as they start their residency programs at a university and in a hospital
near you. Congratulations and best wishes to each
and every one of them!
Cardiac Surgery
Gordon Samoukovic, McGill
University, Montreal, PQ
Community Medicine—
Family Medicine
Katie Longworth,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
agnostic Radiology
Annalise Becker,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Theo Blake, University of
Western Ontario, Tondon, ON
Dennis Lee, University of British
Columbia, Vancouver, BC
David Manders,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Karyn Martin, Dalhousie
University, Halifax, NS
Nancy Martin,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Emergency Medicine
Carolyn Kelly-Smith,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Donna Lee, Queen's University,
Kingston, ON
Kevin Nemethy, University of
Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Luke Terrett, University of
Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
Family Medicine
Sharon Aujlay, University of
Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Graham Blackburn,
University of British Columbia,
Prince George, BC
Rorie Brown,
University of British Columbia,
Chilliwack, BC
Windy Brown, University of
British Columbia, Victoria, BC
Jennifer Butler,
University of Calgary,
Calgary, AB
Patrick Chen, University of
Toronto, Toronto, ON
Simon Chiu,University of
Toronto, Toronto, ON
Suzanne Clutterham,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Andrea Cullingham.
University of Calgary,
Calgary, AB
Adam Davidson,
University of Calgary,
Calgary, AB
Amritpal Deep, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Janine Hardial, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Cheryl Hau, University of
Toronto, Toronto, ON
Brian Josephson,
University of Calgary,
Calgary, AB
Jodine Klippenstein,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Jason Krowitz,
University of British Columbia,
Prince George, BC
Pamela Kryskow, University of
British Columbia, Victoria, BC
Tania Kung, University of
Toronto, Toronto, ON
Jatina Lai, University ofToronto,
Toronto, ON
Joyce Law, Dalhousie University,
Halifax, NS
Ann Lee, University of Alberta,
Edmonton, AB
Jessica Leung, University of
Toronto, Toronto, ON
Peter Loland,
University of British Columbia,
Prince George, BC
Jelena Marie, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Rachel McGhee,
University of British Columbia,
Prince George, BC
Danica McKenzie,
University of British Columbia,
Chilliwack, BC
Sarah Merriman,
University of British Columbia,
Prince George, BC
Kraig Montalbetti,
University of British Columbia,
Chilliwack, BC
Alison Morris, Memorial
University of Newfoundland,
St. John's, NF
Anne Morrison, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Shauna Nast, University of
British Columbia, Victoria, BC
Robert Saona, Queen's
University, Kingston, ON
Amy Sawchuk,
University of British Columbia,
Prince George, BC
Kendra Struck, University of
British Columbia, Victoria, BC
Blazej Szczygielski, McGill
University, Montreal, PQ
Amy Weber, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
28     UBC Medical Alumni News Fall/Winter 2006 Elaine Willman,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Lenny Woo, University of British
Columbia,Victoria, BC
Teresa Wood, University of
British Columbia,Victoria, BC
Gabriel Woollam, Memorial
University of Newfoundland,
St. John's, NF
Melinda Zeron-Mullins,
University of British Columbia,
Victoria, BC
Aron Zuidhof, Dalhousie
University, Fredericton, NB
General Surgery
Courtney Babcock,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Vanessa Fawcett,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Jory Simpson, University of
Toronto, Toronto, ON
Clara Tan, University of British
Columbia,Vancouver, BC
Internal Medicine
Stephanie Au,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Erin Bergsma, University of
Western Ontario, Tondon, ON
Margot Davis,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Behzad Etemadi, Queen's
University, Windsor, ON
Tabassum Firoz,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Samuel Kohen,
University of Calgary,
Calgary, AB
Kevin Levitt, University of
Toronto, Toronto, ON
Anson Li, University of British
Columbia,Vancouver, BC
Jean-Paul Lim,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Maria McKnight,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Harpinder Nagi,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Callum Reid,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Michael Tsang,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Aaron Young,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Pathology & Laboratory
Corrie Messerer,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Tyler Smith, University of British
Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Medical Genetics
Margaret McKinnon,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
MS Imaging Research
Jimmy Lee, University of British
Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Maiya Geddes, McGill
University, Montreal, PQ
Claire Hinnell,
University of Calgary,
Calgary, AB
Sharanpal Mann,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Suzanne Plessis, University
of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Ryan Janicki,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Innie Chen, University of
Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Stephanie Johnson, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Laurren Rodgers, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Ardelle Stauffer, University of
Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
Cheryl Wilson, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Paul Yong, University of British
Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Claire Sheldon, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
George Yearsley, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Orthopedic Surgery
Stephen Kennedy, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Shannon Samler, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Gerard Slobogean, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Clark Bartlett, Dalhousie
University, Halifax, NS
Cristina Bigg, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Kelly Cox, Dalhousie University,
Halifax, NS
Tommy Gerschman, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Gordon Soon, University of
Toronto, Toronto, ON
Kathy Wong, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Plastic Surgery
David Tang, Dalhousie
University, Halifax, NS
Andrew Tung, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Cameron Anderson,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Janel Casey, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Jessica Luckhurst, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Karolina Ochnio, University of
British Columbia,Vancouver, BC
Helen Rosenauer, University of
British Columbia,Vancouver, BC
Tamara Salih, University of
British Columbia,Vancouver, BC
Jennifer Wide, University of
British Columbia,Vancouver, BC
Jennifer Yeh, University of
British Columbia,Vancouver, BC
Radiation Oncology
Christina Campbell,
University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
Adrian Ishkanian, University of
Toronto, Toronto, ON
Rural Family Medicine
Sharon Chan-Yan, University
of British Columbia, Prince
George, BC
Timothy Doty, University of
Calgary, Tethbridge, AB
Dale Gatenby, University of
British Columbia, Kelowna, BC
Jonathan Hawkeswood,
University of British Columbia,
Kelowna, BC
Kristian Hecht, University of
British Columbia, Kelowna, BC
Randy Holmes, University of
British Columbia, Kelowna, BC
William Carlson, Dalhousie
University, Halifax, NS
Kiara Hennessey, University of
British Columbia,Vancouver, BC
Lee Jonat, University of British
Columbia,Vancouver, BC
Fall/Winter 2006 UBC Medical Alumni News     29 THE   UBC   FACULTY OF  MEDICINE
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