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Array THE    MAGAZINE    OF    THE    UBC    FACULTY    OF    MEDICINE        Volu me 3  N urn ber 2  Spring/Su m mer 2007
Who Are These People and what are they
Telling Tales
HE DOCTOR IS IN . . . THE STORYTELLING BUSINESS   13
From the Dalai Lama to the Opera
THE INNOVATIVE INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH   16
Medical Alumni News
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THE   DREAM   HEALER—An Operatic Partnership of Art and Medicine
On stage at the Chan Centre, foreground (L) Music's Nancy Hermiston with Psychiatry's Athanasios Zis;
(R) Allan Young, Institute of Mental Health, with librettist Don Mowatt and composer Lloyd Burritt. UBC MEDICINE MAGAZINE
is published twice a year by the Faculty of Medicine
at the University of British Columbia. It provides news
and information for and about faculty members,
students, staff, alumni and friends.
Submissions and suggestions are welcome.
Contact editormed@ubcca.
Letters are published at the editor's discretion
and may be edited for length.
Volume 3 Number 2
Spring/Summer 2007
Editor-in-Chief (Acting)
Dr. Dorothy Shaw, Senior Associate Dean,
Faculty Affairs
Editor/Managing Editor
Miro Kinch
Editorial Advisory Committee
Naomi Broudo
Alison Buchan
Alison Liversage
Chris Petty
Randy Schmidt
Dr. Beverley Tamboline
Contributors
Tim Carlson
Shawn Conner
Erin Creak
Derry Dance
Dr. Lynn Doyle
Dr. David Hardwick
Claire Heslop
Miro Kinch
Dr. Gillian Lockitch
Shonna Malczewski
Mari-Louise Rowley, Pro-Textual Communications
Dr. Beverley Tamboline
Copy Editor
Vicki McCullough
Design
Tandem Design Associates Ltd.
Photography
Martin Dee
Darin Dueck
Trasi Jang
Additional photographs courtesy of colleagues,
family, friends and
Victor Aberdeen
Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
British Columbia Medical Association
Evangelos Photography Ltd.
Harbour Publishing
Nic LeHoux
Mark Karjaluoto, Northern Health Authority
Royal Columbian Hospital
Trafford Publishing
Brian K. Smith, courtesy of Vancouver Coastal Health
Vancouver Island Health Authority
University of British Columbia Archives
Printed by Mitchell Press
Online at
www.med.ubc.ca/news/med_mag
On the Cover
Cardiologist Ian Penn and architect/physiotherapist
Jill Anholt on location at Emily Carr Institute on Granville
Island. See page 4 for story.
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In This Issue
DEPARTMENTS
2 Letters
3 The Dean's Page: The Art of Medicine
6     Flash: News from . . .
12 Point of View: What Is It about the Arts?
PROFILES
4 What Are You D oing After Work?
A physiotherapist and a cardiologist take a left turn
into art and art college—or is it the right turn?
10     Remembering Dr. David Bates
Many people knew Dr. David Bates, the air pollution
expert and former dean of Medicine. Far fewer knew
the Dr. Bates who is the subject of this delightful
reminiscence.
FEATURES
13 The Doctor Is In . . .
The Storytelling Business
Stories are at the heart of these physicians' lives—
listening to them, interpreting them and telling them.
16     The Institute of Mental Health
From the Vancouver Dialogues to The Dream Healer,
the Faculty's newest institute reaches out in
innovative ways.
18     The Dream Healer
A creative partnership, the world premiere of a new
Canadian opera, and a major symposium on psychiatry
and mental health.
The Voice Healer
Producing a beautiful, vibrant sound shouldn't be hard
work or cause pain. It's easy—once you know how.
MEDICAL   ALUMNI   NEWS
MAA President's Report
Alumni Awards, Achievements & Activities
The Dolman Collection
A priceless collection of rare books, written by the
greatest medical minds of their time, is just part of
Dr. C.E. Dolman's legacy at UBC.
MUS Report; Foolishness for Fun and a Good
Cause; Other Highlights of the Student Year
Last Words: The Jubilee Legacy
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Spring/Summer 2007 UBC Medicine       1 LETTERS
IS THERE SOMETHING IN THIS ISSUE OF UBC MEDICINE MAGAZINE THAT
YOU FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT? YOU TOO CAN BE PUBLISHED IN THESE
PAGES—A NOTE TO EDITOR.MED@UBC.CA IS ALL IT TAKES.
Death to "Passed Away"
I enjoyed reading the latest edition of
UBC Medicine, but was surprised to see the
euphemism "passed away" in the report
of Dr.Vrba's death.
Euphemisms are substitutes for words
"that may offend or suggest something
unpleasant." (Webster's New Collegiate
Dictionary, 197'A) By using a euphemism,
you appear to be saying that your readers
would be offended or upset by the word
"died." Now, I am sure that is not true
of the majority of the medical community,
but I believe it is true of the majority
of North Americans. The word "died" has
just about disappeared from the North
American lexicon.
Physicians, nurses and others have made
great strides in reducing people's use of
euphemisms to refer to body parts, especially
to body parts that are involved in the sexual
act. In doing so, I believe that they have
helped people to be less ashamed about their
sexuality. I doubt very much that you would
refer to a 'peepee' rather than a penis in the
pages of UBC Medicine. What message would
you send to your readers if you did?
In order to confront something we fear
or are ashamed of, we have to call it by its
rightful name. We can help others confront
their fear of death simply by using the
words "death" and "died."
On the other hand, we can contribute to
people's fear of death by using euphemisms
when we talk about it. Which of these two
options will you support?
Jennifer Gait, BSN, MSc
UBC Health Planning and Administration
EDITOR'S   NOTE:  Thank you
for your thought-provoking observations—
your point is very well taken.
READERS :  You are invited to respond to
the provocative question at the end of Ms
Gait's letter. What do you think? Which
option do you support?
A Challenge from Orthopaedics
Thank you for UBC Medicine (Volume 2,
Number 2). The quality of paper, art work
and article content is wonderful. You'll be
hard pressed to top it!
Sue Cutts, Administrator
UBC Department of Orthopaedics
Speech Language Pathology
Grad Checks In
My partner of five years, Barb Hannah,
and I recently purchased our first home in
Toronto, where I have a private practice
in speech pathology and psychotherapy.
Proud godmothers of Jake, seven, and Ben,
three, and guardians of Sparkle and
Dooley, we long to return to the west coast
to beachcomb and hike the rain forest.
Gwen Shandroski, Audiology & Speech Sciences'87
Toronto
Two Letters from Victoria
Just wanted to say thanks for sending me
UBC Medicine magazine. It was great to
read the Bill Webber piece, and generally
inform myself more about the Faculty
and its culture.
Maura Quayle, Deputy Minister
BC Ministry of Advanced Education
I received a copy of UBC Medicine
magazine today at my office. As a new
faculty member, I enjoyed reading
many of the articles. Thank you.
Nancy Craven, MD
Renal Services, Royal Jubilee Hospital
Victoria, BC
And One from Nepal
I received a copy of your Spring/Summer
2006 issue from one of my students, who
is from Vancouver. It was a delight going
through it. The article on Nepal is really
interesting—especially the photos, as I have
taken very similar ones myself
I would be obliged if you would add
my name to the mailing list.
Dr. Ravi Shankar
Manipal College of Medical Sciences
Pokhara, Nepal
UBC Medicine Spring/Summer 2007 UBC  FACULTY OF  MEDICINE
Vision
Through knowledge, creating health.
Mission
Together we create knowledge and
advance learning that will make a
vital contribution to the health of
individuals and communities locally,
nationally and internationally.
Commitments
Through education, research and
service, UBC's Faculty of Medicine will
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 will
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."
Dr. Andrew Seal (centre) with (L to R)
Aldwin Chan, Class of 2008 (Dentistry),
Clara Tan, MD'06, Venetia Mah, Class of
2008, and Mark Fok, Class of 2008.
They are standing in front of a quilt made
by Stephanie Johnson, MD'06, displayed
as part of the Medical/Dental Student
Art Show in April 2006.
My personality and interests have not
been primarily focused on the arts and
humanities. If you were to ask me the
question that this magazine asks so many
of my colleagues—"what are you doing after
work?"—nine times out of 10 my answer
would involve family, sports or woodwork.
I enjoy reading fiction—I enjoy escaping the
everyday in the pages of a thriller—and I
do watch movies. And like most of us in the
health professions, I am familiar with the
expression "the art of medicine."
Several years ago I had the opportunity
to appreciate first-hand the beneficial effect
that the arts—in this case art and music
therapy—can have. Their contribution to the
spiritual and psychological well-being of
several of the oncology patients I had the
privilege to care for was clearly evident.
As I continued to observe the process of
making, looking at and listening to art
and music in that context, I began to understand how the arts in and of themselves
are a method of communication.
Early health practitioners depended
almost entirely on a set of communication
skills, "soft" skills like the ability to listen,
empathize and inspire trust in their patients.
Today, the "art of medicine" appears to
have metamorphosed into the "science and
technology of medicine." Recalibrating
the pendulum—finding a balance between
science and technology and "the human
touch"—is a struggle, and currently a major
focus of attention in medical schools across
North America and in Europe.
In our Faculty, the arts and humanities
have many champions. Chief among them
is physician, professor and painter Andrew
Seal. Andrew has been encouraging medical
students' involvement in the arts since he
joined the Faculty in 1981. It was from
Andrew that I first learned about the extent
and variety of the talents and interests of
our medical students and the activities that
celebrate them—the Spring Gala, an annual
highlight since 1995; student and faculty
art exhibitions; the medical school choir,
now in its 14th year; and the second-year
play in its fifth. I have never failed to be
impressed by the performers, the exhibitors
and the hardworking crew behind the
scenes at these events.
Andrew's most recent commitment,
with MD/PhD student Claire Heslop, is to
the Arts and Humanities in Medicine
initiative. This will bring together students
and faculty members from the faculties of
Arts and Medicine to explore their complementary interests. The response has been
excellent and I look forward to seeing it
grow and prosper.
To everyone in the Faculty of Medicine
involved in the arts and humanities—
students, staff, faculty members, and alumni
from all our departments, programs, schools,
and research centres—I say "Bravo!" You
have a rich and valuable source of energy,
inspiration and knowledge to draw on
and to share with others.
GAVIN C.E. STUART, MD
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Every month, Dean Stuart posts a new video
message on the Faculty website. To watch—
and respond—go to www.med.ubc.ca.
Spring/Summer 2007 UBC Medicine WHAT   ARE   YOU    DOING   AFTER   WORK?
by Tim Carlson
WHAT    ARE    A    PHYSIOTHERAPIST    AND    A
The Physiotherapist
Massive steel tubes poke out of the ground at 45-degree angles in front of a Coal
Harbour high-rise at Nicola and Hastings in Vancouver. Viewers peer down into these
industrial-strength spyglasses to find images of the neighbourhood's past—fishing
and coal mining—etched upon the sky.
Jill Anholt's public art piece Scopes of Site
(2003) is a mind-altering conjunction of
past and present. It's curious, at first, to think
that the imagination behind this sculpture
shares brain space with that of an accomplished physiotherapist. How can they
co-exist? But Anholt reveals that the magic
behind seeing the sky when you're looking
into the earth is grounded in a periscope
idea that she developed with a UBC
researcher in biomedical optics. It suddenly
makes sense that it could only have been
an artist with her particular balance of scientific and architectural interests who could
conceive such a design.
Anholt speaks two languages: one
intimately connected with the human body
through medicine, and the other intimately
connected with the public space that those
bodies pass through.
Anholt put a successful physiotherapy
practice on pause in December 2006 when
demand for her work as public artist,
environmental designer and educator—
she teaches a class in design process and a
seminar in design history at Emily Carr
Institute—compelled what she is calling a
"temporary" change.
Anholt's current commissions include
designing a new public space at Broadway
andVine, creating a work called Skyriver
in Richmond and advising on public
art strategies for the West Donlands, part
of Toronto's massive waterfront revitalization
project. She is one of only a handful of
Canadian artists in her field that are busy
with commissions full-time.
The Kid Who Loved to Build Things
Anholt was the kind of kid who liked to
build things—like an "alarm clock made of
boxes and string." It's not surprising that
she went on to study architecture at Carleton
University after high school. When she
found herself "overwhelmed" by the
demands of the course, she moved to
Vancouver and enrolled in UBC's Bachelor
of Science program. After two years, still
unsure of her career aspirations, she took off
for Europe and ended up travelling with a
group of physiotherapists.
"I had also been very into sports when I
was growing up, so I was fascinated by their
knowledge of how things worked in the
body," she says.
Anholt enrolled in the Faculty's School
of Rehabilitation Sciences, graduated in
1990, and began her physiotherapy career.
By 1992, however, the art world was
calling again. She started with evening classes
at Emily Carr and ended with her second
UBC degree, a master's in Architecture.
While her knowledge of the body
informs the concepts of her designs for
the public, Anholt says her art skills equally
inform her work as a physiotherapist.
"I think I bring in certain kinds of
observation skills and types of creative problem solving," she says. "And some things are
difficult to discuss with a patient in medical
terms, so it's good to explain in metaphors." CARDIOLOGIST    DOING   AT   ART   COLLEGE?
The Cardiologist
The heart on the monitor beats in grainy black-and-white, the arteries waving like
branches in the wind. A cloud of light grey surges through the image. Dr. Ian Penn
opens a book to show sketches of such scenes drawn in red ink.
"I've kept a visual diary ever since I can
remember," says Penn. His own still life studies and sketches of images by Cezanne and
Matisse fill other pages of the book.
Moments later, in an examination room,
Penn considers seven screens showing a
similar black-and-white video of the heart
beating inside the man on the table. On a
laptop, he sketches in the blockages of the
man's coronary arteries using a simple
illustration program—mapping out a
graphic depiction of the patient's situation.
Conferring with the resident at the
man's side, Penn considers the options for
angioplasty or surgery.
Penn is from Sydney, Australia. He
studied philosophy and political science
before going into medicine. An academic
path appealed, but in the early '80s he
was seduced away by the advances in clinical
angioplasty and the use of coronary
stents (metal sheaths that keep the vessels
open after angioplasty). He studied with
Dr. Richard Schatz in Arizona in the late
'80s and was instrumental in bringing
the procedure to Canada.
Painting Is Hard Work
It's surprising to hear Penn say that painting
is "much more work" than his job in the
Cardiac Cath Lab. The distinction he is making, of course, is that one is a medical
practice that he's mastered and the other is
an art practice he's seeking to master.
Two abstract studies in contrasting hues
of aqua and navy hang on Penn's office
wall. He explains that the shapes are based
on a still life of two persimmons and a
pencil box, which he arranged for an exercise at Emily Carr Institute, where he is
enrolled in a degree program. A large canvas
based on a view from Jericho Beach, with
a brilliant yellow rectangle of sun shining hot
above, hangs in the reception area.
Penn has just returned from a two-week
"marathon" painting session at the New York
Studio School, and the charge of the experience is still profound. He entertains the idea
of full-time art making, yet acknowledges
there's a side of him that would find it difficult to leave medicine.
"Maybe I'm not able emotionally to
leave," he says. "I grew up among Holocaust
survivors, where there was intense pressure
to be practical and art wasn't something you
did seriously. I still have that huge internal
obligation to be productive and contribute.
Art is a competing need."
In high school, Penn showed great
promise in art and metalwork, which his
family firmly discouraged. Although he
regularly sketched throughout his life, it
wasn't until he took a sabbatical in 2002 to
study drawing and painting in Australia
that he "got serious." The results are clear in
the quality of his recent work. He might
wrestle with the tension between his natural
artistic talent and his commitment to medicine, but what is impressive is that Penn has
the awesome ability to practise both. ■ F LASH !  	
NEWS   FROM  THE   FACULTY  OF  MEDICINE   COMMUNITY AT  HOME  AND  ABROAD-
NEWS   FROM  THE   FACUI
From Victoria
BC's Family Physician
of the Year
In November 2006, DR.
DARLENE HAMMELL, (1 below)
assistant dean of Student Affairs
for the Island Medical Program,
was honoured by her peers as
BC's Family Physician of the
Year. The Victoria-area physician
was recognized for her exemplary work as a clinician and for
her service to the community
through her teaching, mentor-
ship and activism, including
voluntary work overseas.
Hammell and Dr. Jim
Stockdill helped to establish the
UBC Family Practice Residency
Training Program in Victoria
in 1992. A strong advocate of
education in her clinical practice, in local Continuing
Medical Education activities
and in the Victoria community,
Dr. Hammell organized
Victoria's first Women's Health
Forum. She plans to go to
Ecuador in 2007 to assist with
pre- and post-operative medicine in a small Catholic hospital.
David Suzuki and
NMP Student
On Stage in Prince George
Internationally renowned scientist David Suzuki (2 below)
was in Prince George on
January 27 as the guest speaker
at the Northern Medical
Society's third annual DR. BOB
EWERT MEMORIAL LECTURE.
His lecture was titled The
Challenge of the 21st Century:
Rediscovering the Human Place
in the World.
The event is a highlight for
the NORTHERN MEDICAL
PROGRAM and is attended by
NMP faculty, students and
members of the Prince George
community. SUZIE BUTOW,
Class of 2010, spoke at the
event on behalf of her fellow
medical students.
Search and
Rescue Hero
Med student shares in the
danger, the glory—and a night
on Mount Seymour
Third-year Vancouver-Fraser
Medical Program student DOUG
BROWN (3 & 4 below) was
one of seven search and rescue
volunteers who spent the
night on Mount Seymour with
a badly injured snowshoer,
who was rescued on January 19
after a three-day ordeal.
The snowshoer was
hypothermic when the first
rescuers got to him at dusk on
January 17. Brown was one of a
team of five who were able to
get through to the man the next
day, bringing food and supplies.
Due to bad weather and avalanche conditions, Brown and
the other rescuers were forced
to camp out with the injured
man, sheltering in snow caves.
The man was airlifted out
the following afternoon.
Brown has been with Lions
Bay Search and Rescue for 10
years. Current medical students
JACQUIE TRUDEAU, Class of
2008 and BRADY WARNICK,
Class of 2007 also volunteer
with search and rescue teams.
Hiding in Plain Sight
Discovery may lead
to "smart" therapies for breast
and ovarian cancer
A team of stem cell and cancer
scientists in the Faculty of
Medicine has discovered that the
protein podocalyxin is not
only a predictor of metastatic
breast cancer, but it also changes
the shape and adhesive quality
of tumour cells, affecting their
ability to grow and metastasize.
"We believe we've found an
important new culprit in
metastatic breast cancer, which
opens up an entirely new avenue
of cancer research," says CALVIN
ROSKELLEY, an associate professor of cellular and physiological
science who specializes in breast
cancer and is co-senior principal
investigator. "The culprit is hiding in plain sight on the surface
of tumour cells, so we are now
developing 'smart' molecules to
block its function. The ultimate
goal is to generate new targeted,
non-toxic treatments—very
different from the standard 'slash
and burn' chemotherapy."
For more about this discovery and the people who worked
on it, go to www.med.ubc.ca/
news/News.htm.
6       UBC Medicine Spring Summer 2007 FY  OF  MEDICINE   COMMUNITY AT  HOME  AND  AB ROAD ■ ■ ■ N EWS   FROM  THE   FACULTY  OF  MEDICINE   COMMUNITY AT  HOM
Clinical Academic
Campuses Open
Government, health authorities
and the Faculty collaborate
Minister of Health George
Abbott joined Dean Gavin
Stuart at the ROYAL JUBILEE
HOSPITAL (7 below) in Victoria
on March 27 to open new
clinical academic facilities at
the Royal Jubilee, the ROYAL
COLUMBIAN HOSPITAL (8
below) in New Westminster, the
PRINCE GEORGE REGIONAL
HOSPITAL (5 below) and the
brand-new GORDON AND
LESLIE DIAMOND HEALTH
CARE CENTRE (6 below) at
Vancouver General Hospital.
Students, faculty members and
the media at all four sites
participated via the Faculty's
state-of-the-art videoconferencing system.
The Ministry of Health provided $27.6 million for new or
renovated teaching space in clinical academic campuses and
related facilities, and a further
$14.9 million for the audiovisual
information technology (AVIT)
infrastructure. Faculty members
can conduct classes with medical
students and residents between
and among any and/or all of
these locations.
In his remarks Dean Stuart
acknowledged the support of
the hundreds of clinician-teachers whose enthusiasm and dedication make the Faculty's distributed education programs
possible. "The clinical academic
campuses will help provide
communities across BC with
access to a major medical centre
committed to training the next
generation of doctors and health
care professionals," he continued,
"and will make a major difference to the health of British
Columbians."
Pathology Goldmine
Free access via pathology portal
The Knowledge Hub for
Pathology©, created by DR.
DAVID HARDWICK, professor
emeritus and special advisor to
the dean, is being promoted as
"the largest book—e-book or
otherwise—in the history of
pathology." Access is free at
www.uscap.org.
Body and Brain
The Alzheimer's—oxygen
connection
A study by DR. WEIHONG
SONG, Psychiatry professor and
member of the Brain Research
Centre, found that Alzheimer's
may be triggered when the flow
of oxygen-rich blood to the
brain is reduced because of
hardening of the arteries or
strokes. Song reports that a
reduction of oxygen in the
brain can affect the progress
of Alzheimer's disease by
increasing the formation of
plaques leading to dementia.
The study was published in
the Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences on December
5, 2006, and received major
news coverage worldwide.
Breathing on Their
Own Again
Diaphragm "pacemaker" piloted
at Vancouver Coastal Health
DR. JEREMY ROAD, a specialist
in respiratory medicine and the
medical director of the provincial Respiratory Outreach
Program, and DR. JOHN YEE,
assistant professor, and surgical
director of the Lung Transplant
Program for the province,
are the physicians responsible
for bringing the pilot study to
Vancouver—the second site in
the world to become a trial
centre for the new technology.
"I was struck by how life
changing this procedure is," said
Road, principal investigator of
the research trial. "Mechanically
ventilated patients almost
always have severe impairments
for smell, taste and speech.
With diaphragm pacing, they
are able to regain their sense of
taste and smell, improve
speech and live life with a much
higher level of independence."
For more about the project,
go to www.med.ubc.ca/news/
News.htm.
IMP Students & the
Medical Community
Celebration at the Empress
in Victoria
On Vancouver Island, on January
27, the Victoria Medical Society
and the Medical Staff
Association held a gala dinner at
the Fairmont Empress Hotel to
welcome the ISLAND MEDICAL
PROGRAM CLASS OF 2010.
Spring/Summer 2007 UBC Medicine F LASH !
NEWS  FROM  THE   FACULTY  OF  MEDICINE   COMMUNITY AT  HOME  AND  AB RO AD ■ ■ ■ N E WS   FROM  THE  FACUI
Cesarean Risk
C-sections three times riskier
than vaginal births
The rate of elective cesarean
delivery continues to rise, in part
due to the widespread perception that the procedure is of little or no risk to healthy women.
"Some women might seek
a C-section because it appears to
be easier and more convenient
than a vaginal birth," says DR.
ROBERT LISTON, professor
and head of the department of
Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
But surgery is not without risk.
Liston led a study that indicates
the rate of severe complications
among those having a planned
C-section was 2.7 for every
1,000 deliveries, compared with
just 0.9 for every 1,000 vaginal
deliveries.
The study was published in
the February 13, 2007, issue of
the Canadian Medical Association
journal.
Statins and Survival
Women don't benefit
A study co-authored by DR. JIM
WRIGHT, professor, department
of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology
& Therapeutics, raises questions
about widespread use of "the
fastest growing drug class in
Canada." The study, published in
The Lancet in January, says
healthy women should not take
the cholesterol-lowering drugs
to prevent heart disease.
"Our analysis suggests that
lipid-lowering statins should not
be prescribed for true primary
prevention in women of any age,
or for men older than 69 years,"
say Wright and his Harvard
Medical School co-author Dr.
John Abramson, quoted in the
UK's Daily Mail.
Estrogen Therapy
Challenged
Avoiding the risks
Women seeking treatment for
hot flushes can avoid health risks
associated with estrogen by taking medroxyprogesterone. In the
first direct comparison of the
two drugs ever undertaken, DR.
JERILYNN PRIOR and an international research team has
shown that medroxyprogesterone, a progestin or synthetic
version of the hormone progesterone, is as effective in controlling hot flushes and night sweats
as the standard estrogen treatment. "Women now have a true
choice," says Prior, professor in
the department of Medicine and
founder of the Centre for
Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation
Research.
The study has recently been
published in Clinical Science.
More information can also be
found at www.cemcor.ubc.ca.
KUDOS
A snapshot of recent honours,
awards, offices and achievements
Order of Canada
JON STOESSL, (9 below)
professor, dept. of Medicine
(Neurology), and director, Pacific
Parkinson's Research Centre.
Howard Hughes
Medical Institute International
Research Scholars
PHIL HIETER, (10 below)
professor, dept. of Medical
Genetics, and director, Michael
Smith Laboratories.
NATALIE STRYNADKA,
(11 below) professor, dept.
of Biochemistry & Molecular
Biology.
YU TIAN WANG, (12 below)
professor, dept. of Medicine/
Brain Research Centre.
International Academy
of Pathology
Newly elected IAP secretary
DAVID HARDWICK (13 below)
is a professor emeritus and
special advisor to the dean.
The IAP, founded in Montreal
in 1906 by—among others—
F.F. Wesbrook, UBC's first president, is the world's largest and
oldest pathology organization.
Physicians for Social
Responsibility
PSR's new president-elect is
ERICA FRANK, professor, depts.
of Health Care & Epidemiology
and Family Practice, and
Michael Smith Foundation for
Health Research Senior Scholar.
For more about PSR, go to
www.psr.org.
Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Canada Duncan
Graham Award
WILLIAM A. WEBBER has been
posthumously named the recipient of one of the most notable
UBC Medicine Spring/Summer 2007 TY OF  MEDICINE  COMMUNITY AT  HOME  AND  AB RO AD ■ ■ ■ N EWS  FROM  THE   FACULTY  OF  MEDICINE   COMMUNITY AT  HOM
and outstanding awards the
Royal College can bestow upon
an individual. This award is
conferred in recognition of
outstanding lifelong contribution to medical education.
Royal College of Physicians
and Surgeons of Canada
Visiting Professorship in
Medical Research
IAN MACKENZIE, professor,
dept. of Pathology &
Laboratory Medicine.
Association of Faculties of
Medicine of Canada
AstraZeneca Award for
Exemplary Contribution to
Faculty Development in Canada
GORDON PAGE, Educational
Support and Development, and
his team—including CAROL-
ANN COURNEYA, BILL
GODOLPHIN,CLIVE GRAFTON,
SIMON HUANG, PETER WING,
and ANGELA TOWLE.
BC Community
Achievement Award
KERRY JANG, professor, dept. of
Psychiatry, for his contributions
as a volunteer in the Renfrew-
Collingwood community.
BC Innovation Council
Lieutenant-Governor's
Technology Innovation Award
BRUCE MCMANUS, professor,
dept. of Pathology & Laboratory
Medicine, and director, James
Hogg iCAPTURE Centre.
BC Innovation Council
Chairman's Award for
Career Achievement
MICHAEL HAYDEN, professor,
dept. of Medical Genetics, and
director and senior scientist,
Centre for Molecular Medicine
and Therapeutics.
UBC Killam Awards
Research Prize -
Senior Science Category
BRIAN MACVICAR, (14 below)
professor, dept. of Psychiatry/
Brain Research Centre.
JULIO MONTANER, (15 below)
professor, dept. of Medicine, and
director, BC Centre for
Excellence in HIV/AIDS.
Faculty Research Fellowship
LAWRENCE MCINTOSH,
professor, dept. of Biochemistry
& Molecular Biology.
University Teaching Awards
STEVEN KEHL, associate
professor, dept. of Cellular &
Physiological Sciences.
LAWRENCE MCINTOSH,
professor, dept. of Biochemistry
& Molecular Biology.
WENDY ROBINSON, professor,
dept. of Medical Genetics.
UBC President's Award for
Public Education through Media
THOMAS KERR, clinical
associate professor, dept. of
Medicine/BC Centre for
Excellence in HIV/AIDS, as the
UBC faculty member who has
most demonstrated outstanding
service to the university and the
community by sharing research
expertise via the news media.
Faculty of Medicine Bill and
Marilyn Webber Lifetime
Achievement Award
NELLY AUERSPERG, professor
emerita, dept. of Obstetrics &
Gynaecology.
The Faculty of Medicine celebrates the accomplishments of its staff
and faculty members at a number of events throughout the year:
For a full list of the individuals recognized at these events, go to
http://www.med.ubc.ca/faculty_staff/awards.htm.
Photos can be viewed at http://www.med.ubc.ca/news/
Photo Album.htm.
Missed the Event? Catch the Webcast
Go to www.med.ubc.ca/news/webcast.htm to see and hea
The Heart of Diabetes
Leading BC researchers DIANE FINEGOOD, KENDALL HO, BRUCE
MCMANUS, and BRIAN RODRIGUES explore and discuss what's new
in the fight against diabetes and its cardiovascular complications. An
interactive discussion period follows each expert presentation.
Presented by the Faculty of Medicine and the Irving K. Barber
Learning Centre, and supported by the Canadian Diabetes Association
and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC &Yukon. First broadcast—live across the country—on March 10, 2007.
Managing Forgetfulness and Aging Successfully
The Brain Research Centre's MAX CYNADER, HOWARD FELDMAN
and JONATHAN SCHOOLER join DR. ART HISTER, host of Canada's
longest running health radio show, to talk about disorders of the aging
brain and genetic influences on aging and memory loss, as well as
strategies to help improve memory and age successfully. Sponsored by
the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
Spring/Summer 2007 UBC Medicine ' David kept an open and inquisitive
mind, both in science and [outside it].
At dinner several years ago, I suggested
drinking Pinot Noir with fish. There
was initial resistance, hut after minimal
arm-twisting, David tried it and
became a convert.
' My colleagues and I will miss the
twinkle in his eye when he asked a
leading question—and that impish grin
when he made a decisive point to
lead you to the answer he knew was
just out of your immediate grasp.
Most of all, we will miss his presence
as a colleague and a true friend."
Dr. John Peters, Hastings Professor and
Director, Division of Environmental Health,
University of California, Los Angeles
David had the ability to really connect with people. When my wife interviewed him
about the history of the medical school, she was absolutely charmed, and fondly recalls his
broad perspectives on history, literature and music—as well as his great sense of humour.
He gave me a copy of his book, Five Minutes into the 'Eroica.' In the inscription
he drew my attention to a section containing his observations about the job of dean of
Medicine. I found them very helpful and will always treasure this memento of him."
Dr. John Cairns, Professor, and Dean of Medicine from 1996-2003
" Many people don't know that David was part of a medical team that investigated
the aftermath of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. The photographs he had from the
expedition are astonishing.
"He kept working throughout his life. In fact, just last summer, David wanted to write
an editorial for the New England Journal of Medicine and asked me to participate. You
should have seen the two of us 'elderly gentleman' trying to submit the article via the
Internet! We had great fun trying to figure that one out."
Dr. James Hogg, Professor Emeritus
"As soon as David began to speak, people would stop and savour his words. Whatever he
said would immediately change the direction of the conversation. He was a brilliant man.'
Dr. Helen Ward, Associate Professor, Respiratory Medicine, and Dr. Bates' last PhD student
10     UBC Medicine Spring/Summer 2007 M
any people knew Dr. David Bates, the prominent scientist, inquisitive
intellectual, air pollution expert decades ahead of his time, and dean of
Medicine from 1972 to 1977. A respiratory physiologist and epidemiologist
with over 260 published articles, six books, and the Order of Canada,
Dr. Bates' academic strengths were widely recognized.
Far fewer had the privilege of knowing Dr. Bates, the family man, ship's
captain, expert martini creator—and the man whose interest in the people
around him inspired hundreds of Christmas cards faithfully sent for decades.
This is the Dr. Bates we wish to share with you now.
by Erin Creak
The Science of Family Life
Eo describe Dr. Bates as a committed family
man is an understatement.
"The whole family used to go camping
every summer for a month," daughter
Joanna, the Faculty's senior associate dean,
Education, recalls. "Out in the wilderness,
my father would insist on cooking a
proper English breakfast every morning.
"He developed this detailed system for
cooking eggs, fried bread, tomatoes, and
coffee on a one-burner stove—for a family
of five. Items were rotated, stacked and kept
warm. The whole process was a work of art.
"We also used to spend a lot of time
on Dad's sailboat. He lived to be captain of
that boat. However, as teenagers, all that
my friends and I wanted to do on the boat
was wear bikinis and lounge around.
"At one point we were so frustrated with
his attempts to organize us that we made
him walk the plank. 'You're going overboard,'
we said. And he did."
A Scientist's Martini
Dr. Bates applied scientific passion to his
personal hobbies as well.
"In 1952 he spent a year in Philadelphia,
where, among other things, he learned to
make a real American martini," Joanna says.
"He adopted this very scientific method—
the exact amount of time the gin needs to
be stored in the freezer; when exactly to put
in the lemon and so on.
"He made one the best martinis I've ever
tasted. He used to encourage us children to
go to church by telling us we could have a
martini. The irony is that he was never a
heavy drinker. He simply enjoyed the science
of it all."
A Wicked Sense of Humour. . .
and Remarkable Empathy
Everyone who knew Dr. Bates will recall his
sense of humour. Joanna remembers him
often laughing so hard he would cry.
"He loved playing jokes on people. One
year he organized a dinner for the American
Lung Association. It was an international
menu and most MDs had a puzzled look on
their faces as they made their way through
the unidentifiable starter. It wasn't until afterward that he revealed he had specifically
chosen lung soup."
Dr. Bates' ability to connect with people
from all walks of life was equally striking.
"He took the time to really talk to people and ask them questions about their lives
and their work. My parents received hundreds of Christmas cards every year—including one from a woman who was my father's
landlady in Philadelphia 44 years ago.
"He was also very supportive of young,
up-and-coming researchers in his field. It was
not uncommon for him to suggest that they
write a paper with him—and then he'd
remove his name before it was published."
A Man of Conviction
Dr. Bates lived a life of public service.
"He felt strongly that scientists have a
moral obligation to influence public policy.
He put himself out on a limb talking
about air pollution back in the 1950s, but
he couldn't have functioned any other way.
In his mind, science existed to serve the
public good."
Many years ago, listening to his son
battle his way through flute practice, David
remarked: "If something is worth doing,
it's worth doing badly."
Dr. David Bates was human and made
mistakes, but this never stopped him
from exploring and asking questions—and
encouraging everyone around him to do
the same.  ■
" David adored spending time with his
wife. In the early 1990s, I invited him to
a small symposium in Utah. He agreed
to attend on one condition—that his wife
accompany him and that they have
lodging near the genealogical library, so
she could do research while he worked.
"By the end of the week, it was unclear
how much we had accomplished in the
symposium. The Bates were quite pleased,
however, with the family history documents
they had located in the library."
Dr. Arden Pope, Mary Lou Fulton Professor,
Department of Economics, Brigham Young
University
Spring/Summer 2007 UBC Medicine     11 WHAT    IS    IT    ABOUT    THE    ARTS?
The first step is admitting you
have a problem.
I first noticed something was wrong when
I caught myself carrying around contemporary novels. Next thing I knew, I had a
membership to the Vancouver Art Gallery
(VAG), and had signed up to participate
in a local indie arts fair.
"Wait," I thought, "I don't have time
for this! I'm an MD/PhD student! My
obligations are to my classes, and my research
project . . ." But it was too late. The arts, a
large part of my life prior to medicine, had
forced their way back in and would not
be ignored.
So I succumbed, and with Dr. Andrew
Seal, and students and members of the
faculties of Arts and Medicine, we launched
the Arts and Humanities in Medicine
initiative—and heard back almost immediately from literally dozens of similarly
"afflicted" faculty members, BC physicians
and students. Some are cellists, some are
painters, some teach opera appreciation,
some dance, some sculpt, many write, and
many more read for pleasure.
Is this an epidemic? They all seem to
agree that creative and artistic pursuits are
essential to their well-being and enhance
their vocation.
THE ARTS CONFIRM THAT THE
HUMAN CONDITION IS NOT JUST
STRUGGLE AND SUFFERING: IT
IS ALSO ELATION, DISCOVERY,
LOVE, TRIUMPH . . .
What is it about the arts that we
seem to need so desperately in our busy
lives in medicine?
I would argue, if you caught me reading
Jeffrey Eugenides on the bus or checking
out the Fred Herzog photo collection at the
VAG, that appreciation of, and participation
in, the arts are a natural complement to
medicine. Medicine—fraught with time limitations, burdened by strict protocols, and
tethered to empirical evidence—is balanced
by creative activities, because of their
subjectivity and their humanistic priorities.
Ehe arts help us recognize patterns of
emotion and human response, which are not
reducible to physical or biological mechanisms. They give us deeper insight into
the lives and concerns of others. They confirm that the human condition is wofjust
by Claire Heslop
struggle and suffering: it is also elation,
discovery, love, triumph, and many other
moving experiences that medicine
includes, but often buries too deeply under
evidence-based biology.
If our medical system appears to value
biochemistry over biography, and to rely too
heavily on technology, perhaps we look to
the arts to rescue our human qualities, so we
can identify and pay attention to those of
our patients.
To the medical student, I say: it may be
hard to find time for your creative pursuits,
but maybe it is most essential that you
do so now, while your ego is delicate, your
emotions in constant flux. The arts can be
a balm in your time of stress. They can help
you retain your humanity and your altruism.
Indeed, the stress of medicine demands
respite, and the arts are a haven where we
can reflect on our motivations—why we
try to be altruistic, why we feel resentful of
our obligations, why we fear failure—and
confirm to ourselves that we are as human as
those under our care. When we yearn for
the diversion of the arts, maybe what we are
reaching for is the empathy, thoughtfulness
and creativity that will help us practice the
art of medicine.  ■
12     UBC Medicine Spring/Summer 2007 THE   DOCTOR   IS   IN...
THE    STORYTELLING    BUSINESS
by Gillian Lockitch
LiSI6n 10 yOUr pclti6ntSr   we were told repeatedly on ward rounds
during medical undergraduate clinical training. But when we listen, what do
we really hear?
Traditionally we, as physicians, translate the histories we extract from our
patients into problem-focused oral presentations, case notes, consultations, or
scientific publications. The rapidly growing medical discipline of Narrative
Medicine, however, takes a different approach—a medical history is not a
recitation of "problems," but a life story to which the physician must listen
in a different way.
Spring/Summer 2007 UBC Medicine     13 Narrative Medicine transforms medical history taking from a
paradigm of cross-examination into one of storytelling. According
to Dr. Rita Charon, director of the ground-breaking Program of
Narrative Medicine at Columbia University," [the] temporal course
[of the story], its images, its associated subplots...how [the narrator]
sequences symptoms with other life events," tells us about the
whole person, not just his or her problems. It melds the art and the
science of medicine to enhance meaningful communication
within the doctor—patient relationship.
A MEDICAL HISTORY IS NOT A RECITATION OF
"PROBLEMS," BUT A LIFE STORY TO WHICH THE
PHYSICIAN MUST LISTEN IN A DIFFERENT WAY.
Listening to Life Stories
For Claire Heslop, a third-year MD/PhD student, thinking of
patients and doctors as storytellers seems natural. Writing stories and
poetry is an important facet of her life. "I have always had a creative
writing journal...since I was introduced to it at school." And indeed,
as we spoke, on the bench beside her lay her notebook.
Her interest in why and how people tell stories and what that
can tell us about the storyteller grew out of her passion for both arts
and science. During a survey course on comparative literature, taken
while studying for her undergraduate science degree, Heslop became
intrigued by the writings of Dante. Her thesis on medical imagery
in The Divine Comedy explored the ways the physical suffering
of Dante's characters—lame with dropsy, swollen with boils, gutted, or
dismembered—corresponded to their sins in a very significant way.
In addition to her doctoral research in atherosclerosis, Heslop is
pursuing a second research interest. Her conviction that knowledge of
literature can "increase narrative competence" and "provide grounding
for empathetic attention to patients" has led her to initiate a series
of student workshops in the Doctor, Patient and Society (DPAS) program. These will investigate "how the humanities, and specifically
14     UBC Medicine Spring/Summer 2007
literature, can be used to examine the narrative competence
of medical students."
The stories her students write during the workshops will
enhance their own ability to tell a story and their understanding of
the storytelling process. Their stories may be published in the
literary journal she hopes to produce at the end of the course.
Heslop publishes her own stories, poetry and photographs in
The Sun Shines on It Twice, her personal "zine." And recently, with arts
enthusiast and faculty member Dr. Andrew Seal, she founded the
Arts and Humanities in Medicine initiative to bring together medical
students and faculty with common interests in literary, visual,
music, and performing arts.
Listening to Other Voices
Dr. Harvey Thommasen, MD'87, has been listening to his patients'
stories for over two decades. He combines medical practice in the
Cariboo-Chilcotin region with meticulous research into the major
health determinants of rural communities and an insatiable curiosity
about the ecosystem in which he and his patients live. He has
shared those stories in scientific publications—more than 50 peer-
reviewed papers on rural health, and a genealogy of the Nuxalk
Nation—as well as literary ones.
Thommasen, a family practitioner, encountered renowned
Nuxalk storyteller Clayton Mack in the Bella Coola hospital. Mack
spent 53 years as a tracker and hunting guide on the BC central
coast before a stroke necessitated his admission to long-term care.
From 1988 until Mack's death in 1993,Thommasen taped and
edited the guide's stories and compiled them into two books.
Grizzlies & White Guys: The Stories of Clayton Mack, published in 1993,
tells tales of hunting and grizzly bears. In Bella Coola Man: More Stories
of Clayton Mack, the stories are of Nuxalk villages and how the advent
of European and Asian settlers changed the old Nuxalk ways and
culture. Thommasen s careful preservation of Mack's voice in these
narratives gives them an authenticity and vividness that could easily have been lost if
Thommasen had not understood the important relationship between the storyteller and the story.
Thommasen is also the co-author of two award-
winning nature books. River of the Angry Moon:
Seasons on the Bella Coola won the 1999 Roderick
Haig-Brown Regional Prize for an original book
about British Columbia. Birds of the Raincoast: Habits
and Habitat garnered the 2005 BC Booksellers'
Choice Award in Honour of Bill Duthie for Thommasen and
his writer/photographer collaborators.
In River of the Angry Moon, written with Mark Hume, we see
the passionate commitment to a healthy, sustainable natural environment that has shaped Thommasen s life and his medical practice.
The book is based on 10 years and over 1,000 pages of Thommasen's
scientific observations about the ecology of the Bella Coola River. It
tells of the plight of the river and its disappearing fish species, and of
the Nuxalk Nation and sports fishermen who depend on its bounty.
The exquisite large-format bird photographs in Birds of the
Raincoast: Habits and Habitat are eye-catching, but it's the stories of
the unique ways that birds behave in their natural environments
WE   SEE   THE   PASSIONATE   COMMITMENT   TO   A
HEALTHY,   SUSTAINABLE   NATURAL   ENVIRONMENT
THAT   HAS   SHAPED   THOMMASEN'S   LIFE   AND   HIS
MEDICAL PRACTICE.
that are really fascinating. Who knew that ocean birds have salt-
removal glands that allow them to drink sea water safely, or that 32
species of west coast birds eat snakes?
Whether he is letting the voice of Clayton Mack and the
Nuxalk Nation speak from the page, or giving voice to those whose
voices we otherwise could not hear—birds, wolves, bears, and
the Bella Coola Rver—Harvey Thommasen is a listener and a
storyteller extraordinaire.
Listening to What Scares Us
A riveting storyteller of a different kind is Vancouver's own best-selling author of medical and psychological thrillers, Daniel Kalla,
MD'91. If you have recently scanned the fiction shelves at a bookstore, or if you followed the novel-writing contest in The Province
last year, Kalla's name will be familiar to you. Kalla has turned a talent
for creating likable characters who find themselves in terrifying
global medical crises into a second career.
In his "day job," Kalla is an emergency physician at St. Paul's
and Mount Saint Joseph hospitals, but writing consumes most of his
I PICKED UP KALLA'S TWO MEDICAL THRILLERS AT
THE AIRPORT AND READ NON-STOP . . . BURNING
THROUGH BOTH BOOKS ON THE FIVE-HOUR FLIGHT.
"spare" time. "I am driven to write, because I have to. I couldn't stop
writing now," he says. Kalla has published three novels in the past two
years. Two more will appear shortly.
His books are page-turners. I picked up his two medical thrillers,
Pandemic and Resistance, at the airport and read non-stop—through the
meal service, the bumpy landing and the long taxi to the gate. I
burned through both books on the five-hour flight.
What does Kalla think is the key to successful storytelling? "I
don't think it's language. I don't think it's so much plot . . . If the
characters aren't real and you can't relate to them, you don't really
care. [The story] has to be driven by good characters," he told
The Province in a recent interview. Kalla's characters entertain us
while making us aware of present and future global threats to
our own health.
Committed, Compelled—and Carrying On
Storytelling is about people, at a personal, regional or global level.
Heslop is part of a worldwide movement committed to the idea that
by understanding the storytelling process, we physicians can enhance
the way we hear and interpret our patients' stories and empathize
with the storytellers. Thommasen is Heslop's theory in practice. He
listens to the stories told by both people and nature—and applies
what he hears to improving the health of both. Kalla is a physician
who is simply compelled to tell stories.
In the 40 years that have passed since I first was told, "Listen to
your patient," I have listened—to stories
told by patients, and by family, students
and peers. Now, I sit at my computer,
fuelled by my own lifelong compulsion to
write. My stories flow from insights and
ideas accumulated through life as a wife, a
mother and a physician. Yes—this doctor,
too, is in the storytelling business. ■
Spring/Summer 2007 UBC Medicine     15 *iL—r
THE    INSTITUTE    OF    MENTAL    HEALTH
A Continuum of Research, Clinical Care and Compassion
by Mari-Lou Rowley
In September 2006, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, one of the world's most illustrious and humble citizens,
presided over the Vancouver Dialogues. The three-day event, sponsored by Vancouver's Dalai Lama Center
for Peace and Education, attracted sold-out audiences. UBC's newly formed Institute of Mental Health
co-sponsored the Saturday dialogue—Happiness and Stress as Determinants of Mental Health—which
featured internationally renowned researchers in mental health and mental illness.
"The Vancouver Dialogues were a wonderful opportunity to reach
out to the broader community," says Institute of Mental Health
director Dr. Tony Phillips. The institute's interdisciplinary vision spans
the faculties of Medicine, Nursing, Education, Law, and Arts, with
the department of Psychiatry playing the leadership role. "Our mandate is to facilitate linkages between the department of Psychiatry,
other groups at UBC, affiliated hospitals, and universities, including
UNBC, UVic, SFU, and beyond."
Eighty basic and clinical scientists from BC prominent in the field
of mental health were invited to become founding fellows. The
institute hosts a monthly distinguished lecture series, workshops and
dinners with keynote speakers, as well as annual symposia to
encourage cross-fertilization of ideas.
The institute—funded by a $10-million bequest from a BC
family, matched by $10 million from the province—supports three new
endowed chairs in Psychotherapy, Child-Adolescent Psychiatry and
16     UBC Medicine Spring/Summer 2007 'IF SOMEONE IS SUFFERING FROM CANCER AND
CANNOT COPE FINANCIALLY, WE DON'T THROW
THEM OUT ON THE STREET THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE
OF MENTAL ILLNESS."
Geriatric Psychiatry. In addition, two new BC Leadership Chairs
in Depression and in Addiction Research have been funded by the
provincial government and the Faculty of Medicine.
Neuroscience and Addiction
"At UBC, the department of Psychiatry has a long and distinguished
history of basic neuroscience research," says Dr. Phillips, noting the
work of Drs. Pat and Edith McGeer (see UBC Medicine Fall/Winter
2006). A behavioural neuroscientist, Phillips was the founding chair
of the advisory board for the CIHR Institute of Neurosciences,
Mental Health and Addiction.
One area of his research explores how the brain adapts and
changes as a consequence of repeated drug use, and how this
information can be used to develop new strategies to treat addiction
and to reverse long-term damage in the brain. "When the brain
malfunctions, in many instances the problem lies in the circuits
responsible for memory and learning," explains Phillips. "The same
circuits that allow us to adapt constructively to the world around
us are hijacked by addiction." Phillips is also studying animal
models of depression to develop more effective drug therapies
for mood disorders.
He emphasizes that, since he is not a clinician, it was crucial to
have a clinician-scientist play a leading role in the institute. "We were
very fortunate to recruit Dr. Allan Young from the University of
Newcastle upon Thyme in England as co-director and BC Leadership
Chair in Depression Research."
Stress and Mental Health
Brained in Edinburgh and Oxford, Dr. Young researches the causes
and treatment of severe psychiatric disorders, particularly mood
disorders. Psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT),
is a common treatment for depression and is often combined with
drug therapies. "On average, we see an excess of stressful life events
before onsets of depression," Dr. Young says. At the same time,
individuals with high levels of stress hormones (corticosteroids) may
not respond as well to psychotherapy such as CBT. He is working
to understand the factors that predict psychotherapy response.
Stress also decreases the effectiveness of the widely used
antidepressant drugs classed as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
(SSRIs). Young is working to develop a new class of antidepressants
that either block the corticosteroid receptor or reduce the synthesis
of stress hormones. It seems that stress not only plays a key role in
the onset of mood disorders, but could inhibit the effectiveness of
both CBT and drug treatment.
Compassion for the Mentally III
One of the key issues Dr. Young raised during the Vancouver
Dialogues was the West's overarching lack of compassion for people
suffering from mental illness. "If someone is suffering from cancer
and cannot cope financially, we don't throw them out on the street,"
he says. "The opposite is true of mental illness."
"Society turns a blind eye, and that has to stop," agrees Dr.
Phillips. He says it is naive to think that medication alone, no matter
how effective, can be a panacea for severe mental illness. "Most
of these people have lost their life skills, don't know how to get a job,
and aren't able to stay on their medication without support. Clearly,
we need a continuum of care." The Institute of Mental Health's
founding fellows are working to understand the relationship between
mental illness and issues such as homelessness in order to better
inform public policy decisions.
Depression in the Workplace
Mental disorders such as depression and anxiety disable more
Canadian employees than any other illness—and people in their
prime of life are most affected. Both Drs. Phillips and Young are
involved in national and international initiatives to address depression
in the workplace. Phillips helped to organize a recent bilateral meeting hosted by the Global Business and Economic Roundtable on
Addiction and Mental Health. Initiated by Michael Wilson, Canada's
ambassador to the US, the event was held at the Canadian Embassy
in Washington, DC, in February 2007. "There is a growing awareness
on the part of CEOs that they are creating stressful workplaces that
have a negative impact on employees," says Phillips.
The Arts and Emotional Well-being
Early childhood environment and nurturing, the control and
management of stress, support systems, and a fulfilling livelihood are
all important to emotional well-being and mental health. The ability
to express ourselves creatively is another key to happiness, and a
tool for treating mental illness. The institute's new chair in Addictions
Research, Dr. Michael Krausz, formerly from Hamburg, Germany,
has extensive experience with mentally ill patients who make art as
part of their cathartic process. "We have a huge opportunity to study
how art therapy has a positive effect on the outcome of someone's
progression through mental illness," says Phillips.
Spring/Summer 2007 UBC Medicine     17 The Institute of Mental Health and the department of
Psychiatry are embarking on a creative partnership with the UBC
School of Music. They will co-host the world premiere of The Dream
Healer, a new Canadian opera based on the novel Pilgrim by Timothy
Findley Pilgrim explores the psyches of a suicidal patient who cannot
die and his psychotherapist, the legendary Dr. Carl Jung. The opera
will be staged in conjunction with a major symposium on psychiatry
and mental health, a week-long event featuring an all-star cast of
singers, musicians, researchers, and clinicians.
When composer Lloyd Burritt retired from teaching in 1999 and
decided to write an opera, he asked the manager of a Vancouver
bookstore what Canadian novel she would choose if she were to commission an opera based on its story. She handed him Timothy Findley s
novel Pilgrim. Burritt read it twice and immediately wrote the first
two arias, which he mailed to Mr. Findley. Surprisingly, the opera
rights to the book were still available and Findley agreed to sell them.
Burritt then approached professor Nancy Hermiston, head of the
Opera andVoice divisions of UBC's School of Music. Seven years
later, The Dream Healer is scheduled to premiere at the Chan Centre in
March 2008 as part of UBC's 100th anniversary celebration. Librettist
Don Mowatt has focused the opera on Jung and his wife, and has
transformed Findley's Pilgrim from a "real" person into a dream character. Set in the famous Burgholzi Clinic near Zurich in the early
1900s, Jung's dream of Pilgrim takes over and influences the
Operatic Dream Team
The stellar cast of internationally renowned artists includes mezzo
soprano Judith Forst as Lady Sybil Quartermain and baritone John
Avey as Carl Jung. Maestro David Adler will conduct.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for my students to be part
of a world premiere and to work with international artists of the
highest calibre," says Hermiston, whose bio is equally impressive.
She began her career in Europe and has performed leading roles with
companies such as the Niinberg Opera House, the Boston Grand
and the Canadian Opera Company. Her New York debut took place
at Carnegie Hall with Mario Bernardi and the National Arts
Centre Orchestra.
The Power of Music and the Art of Medicine
Nancy Hermiston believes in the healing power of music, and has
had an ongoing interest in the marriage of music and medicine. She
is part of a team of researchers in medicine, music, education, and
linguistics who are working to form an interdisciplinary performance
research institute. Hermiston has also worked with Dr. Andrew
Seal to organize events for students in Music and Medicine.
When she and Burritt decided to produce The Dream Healer, they
immediately approached Dr. Athanasios Zis, then head of the department of Psychiatry. An opera lover himself, he responded enthusiastically. "This is an important project, because the issue of mental health
and mental illness is finally being recognized by society, politicians and
government as a serious problem that must be addressed," Zis says.
"This is an exciting and unique experience for everyone
involved," Dr. Phillip adds. "Being able to express ourselves creatively
through art and science is extremely important to individual
development and mental health."
For more information about the opera, see
www.thedreamhealer.com.  ■
18     UBC Medicine Spring/Summer 2007 >a^l
Voice healer
By Shonna Malczewski
I  lOVe tO Sinff. I have been taking weekly voice lessons for the
better part of six years, and at the beginning of every lesson my
teacher asks, "Is everything working OK?" Most often the answer is
"yes"—but not always.
Occasionally I'll report a persistent "catch" in my voice, or that
I don't have enough "power" to sing in part of my vocal register.
My teacher then gives me a few vocal exercises to perform while
he listens carefully and watches me closely. Typically, the trouble is
resolved with an adjustment to my posture, suggestions for better
breath control, or a gentle reminder to relax (!) while singing.
Speech language pathologist and clinical faculty member Linda
Rammage offers this same advice—and more—to those who seek
help through the ProvincialVoice Care Resource Program at VGH.
My teacher uses his eyes and ears to diagnose the problem, but
Rammage, in addition to her observational skills, can call on an array
of tools, technical equipment and specialists.
I was curious about who comes to the clinic for help and
the causes of their vocal dysfunction. The clinic treats patients with
vocal difficulties resulting from injury, physical abnormalities or
chronic illness. Many are what Rummage describes as "occupational
voice users." They are professional singers, teachers, recreational coaches, and instructors—anyone who uses his or her voice a lot in their
profession, and often in less-than-ideal acoustic environments.
As Natural As Breathing
Babies don't have to learn proper vocal technique; they do it naturally.
A toddler can shriek for hours without developing a sore throat.
After the age of three, however, we start picking up bad habits. We
mimic people we admire, imitate favourite singers, and are influenced
by our social, cultural and physical environment.
"Vocal problems are often a combination of four factors: lifestyle,
emotion, gastric reflux, and technique," Rammage says. "We refer to it
as the a-LERT model of assessment and treatment." Clinic team members include an otolaryngologist, a psychiatrist, singing pedagogy
specialists, and neurologists.
Clinic staff use the a-LERT model in combination with physical
examinations, including a laryngoscopy—a videotaped examination of
a patient's larynx and vocal folds, using either a rigid telescope placed
in the mouth, or a small flexible fibre optic scope inserted through the
nose—as well as video and audio recordings of patients vocalizing in
a variety of ways.
The recordings become a tool to help patients understand the
mechanics behind their vocal difficulties. Patients can then start making the connection between what the problem is and why it happens.
With time and persistence, many of these "occupational voice
users" will recover their voices, may rediscover their "true" voice,
and will likely breathe, speak and sing more naturally than they
have in years.
Producing a beautiful, vibrant sound shouldn't be hard work or
cause pain. It's easy—once you know how.  ■
Spring/Summer 2007 UBC Medicine     19 Family
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Spring/Summer 2007 UBC Medical Alumni News     21 THE    HEART    OF    THE
MEDICAL    SCHOOL
The Medical Student & Alumni Centre is here for everyone
In 2007 MSAC shows positive "vital signs" as the "heart" of the medical
school. With more than 40 student and alumni events scheduled each
month, and full use of the gym, computer room and lounges, the little
building on the corner of 12th Avenue and Heather Street has proved
itself worthy of the 1985 vision.
It truly is a place for medical students, residents, alumni, and faculty to meet and participate in social and recreational activities.
Over 700 students participated in social
and recreational videoconferences broadcast
from MSAC in the 2006 fall term. Students
are becoming fluent in the do-it-yourself setup, and comfortable communicating via TV
cameras and screens. Spring Gala auditions,
interest group workshops, student council
meetings, and strategy sessions all use
MSAC's videoconferencing facilities to connect Prince George,Victoria andVancouver.
A new level in videoconferencing took
place in February: the sixth annual second-
year play was broadcast live to Victoria and
Prince George. It was tremendous success,
with distributed audiences sending their
appreciative applause back to the MSAC.
MUS sports rep Lise Leveille, decided
the MSAC gym needed a modern cardiovascular workout machine to complement the
stationary bikes and treadmill. "An elliptical
trainer provides an aerobic workout comparable to a treadmill—but the impact forces
are as low as walking," she explained. David
A. McLean (Hon.) volunteered to contribute
funds, the MUS pitched in, and the Medical
Alumni Association donated the balance,
enabling the students to buy a top-quality
machine.
Dance groups, choirs, string ensembles,
and a student jazz band rehearse here regularly. Mentors, CaRMS applicants, prospective
medical school students, and alumni groups
hold receptions, including class reunions,
here. When the CaRMS residency match is
announced, MSAC is the place fourth-year
students meet to share their news, sip champagne and celebrate!
If you want to know more about what is
behind the brick walls of the facility at 12th
and Heather, visit www.med.ubc.ca/msac,
and take the photographic tour.
GET   CONNECTED
at www.med.ubc.ca/alumni
ON THE NEW ALUMNI
WEBSITE YOU CAN
Catch up with classmates
and friends
Join the TrekConnect community
Plan a class reunion
MSAC is free and so is the Reunion
Planning Guide
Be part of the biggest reunion
of all—UBC's Alumni Weekend
Save these dates: Friday, Sept. 14, to
Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007
Join the Medical
Alumni Association
Click on "MD/Medical Residency"
in the left-hand column
Nominate your
classmates for an award
In the Faculty, at UBC or in the
community
Connect with current students
Share what you know and do and
you'll be delighted by the return on
your investment
Get informed—and inspired
You don't have to be in Vancouver to
connect with the wealth of ideas
and information in the Faculty and
at UBC. You can connect from
wherever you are—via webcast,
podcast or audiocast.
GET   IN   TOUCH —
What can we do for you?
The Alumni Affairs team is here to
work with 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.
Give us a call, send us an e-mail or
drop in anytime. The door is always
open at the Medical Student & Alumni
Centre in Vancouver.
Miro Kinch & Shonna Malczewski
Call 604-875-4111 ext. 67741/62031
E-mail alumniaffairs.medfSJubc.ca
22     UBC Medical Alumni News Spring/Summer 2007 PRESIDENT'S
President
D.Lynn Doyle, MD'78
Past-President
David WJones, MD'10
President-Elect
Jim Lane, MD'73
Secretary-Treasurer
Harvey Lui, MD'86
Newsletter Editor
Beverley Tamboline, MD'60
Members-At-Large
Jim Cupples, MD'81
Ron Warneboldt, MD'75
DrewYoung, MD'59
Dean (ex-officio)
Gavin Stuart, MD
Faculty Representative (ex-officio)
Bruce Fleming, MD'78
Medical Residents'
Representative (ex-officio)
John Staples
MUS Representative (ex-officio)
Deny Dance, Class of 2009
Advisors
Arun Garg, MD'77
David Hardwick, MD'57
Charles Slonecker (Hon.), DDS, PhD
Representatives to
Faculty of Medicine Committees
Admissions Policy Committee
David W.Jones, MD'70
Admissions Selection Committee
Jim Cupples, MD'81
Victoria Alumni Representatives
Basil Boulton, MD'81
William Bell, MD'54
OBJECTIVES
To support the Faculty of Medicine and
its programs directly and through advocacy with the public and government;
To ensure open communication among
alumni and between the alumni and the
Faculty of Medicine;
To encourage and support medical students and residents and their activities;
To organize and foster academic and
social activities for the alumni.
I hope you and those you hold near and
dear weathered the wild, wet and windy fall
and winter unscathed. It's hard to believe that
another class of medical students will soon
be joining our ranks as alumni members.
With larger classes and medical school
education now distributed throughout
the province, the Alumni Association faces
new challenges. But we remain dedicated
to supporting students through their training.
Alumni throughout the province are teaching medical students in classrooms, in clinics
and at the bedside. We have just helped
students purchase exercise equipment for the
MSAC building at the 12th and Oak campus.
Similar infrastructure support is provided at
the Victoria and Prince George campuses.
Maintaining a long-held UBC tradition, we
continue to provide every medical school
graduate with a personalized, genuine
cedar shingle.
There is so much more that the Alumni
Association would like to do to help the
students. As the class sizes increase, however,
just maintaining the present programs
will tax our resources. So, I encourage all
alumni to help the next generation by
joining the ranks of dues-paying members
of the Medical Alumni Association.
Thank you!
A little over a year ago, we lost a
truly great alumnus, Dr. William Webber.
Bill championed the UBC Medical
School and its students. As Dean Stuart
so aptly put it, "Dean Webber put a
human face on education, maintaining a
sincere and active interest in the lives
of his students and colleagues." I encourage
alumni to donate to the Dr. William
Webber Memorial Fund, which will, in
perpetuity, provide a scholarship and
bursaries for medical students.
I wish you all a joyous spring
and restful summer.
The Medical Alumni Association
The Medical Alumni Association is your association!
Participate in association events
Attend board meetings and the annual general meeting
Nominate candidates for office or run yourself
Nominate your friends, colleagues and classmates for awards
Propose new social and recreational activities
To find out more, go to www.med.ubc.ca/alumni
and click on "MD/Medical Residency" in the left-hand column.
Spring/Summer 2007 UBC Medical Alumni News     23 Alumni Awards, Achievements & Activities
At the Northern Medical Society's third
annual Dr. Bob Ewert Memorial Lecture
on January 27, the late JACK MCGHEE,
MD'56, (1 above) was posthumously
inducted into the Northern Medical Society
Hall of Fame for his contributions to
medical services in the North. Jack's
daughter RACHEL MCGHEE, MD'06,
(2 above) is a UBC Family Practice
resident in Prince George.
DWIGHT PERETZ, MD'56, (3 above) a
retired cardiologist, has written Born in the
Lap of the Dragon, chronicling life in
Shanghai, where he was born and lived
until 1946. By early 1938, eastern China was
occupied by the Japanese, and Shanghai
was surrounded. When Dwight and his family returned from home leave to their house
on the outskirts of the city, they discovered
Japanese cavalry troops and several horses
living there. Shanghai fell to the Japanese in
the early morning of December 7, 1941—
the same day that Pearl Harbor was attacked.
And Life Is Changed Forever: Holocaust
Childhoods Remembered, edited by Martin
Glassner and ROBERT KRELL, MD'65, was
published by Wayne State University Press in
2006. The stories come from a wide range of
countries (including prewar Greece and
Italy) and "commentary by child psychiatrist
and child survivor Krell makes it an unusual
addition to both the Holocaust and trauma
literature," reviewer Helen Epstein writes on
the publisher's website.
LARRY COLLINS, MD'68, (4 above) was a
2007 recipient of the Vancouver Medical
Association's Primus Inter Pares Award at
the Annual Osier Dinner, March 8.
JEFF EPPLER, MD'87, (5 above) Kelowna's
chief emergency doctor, was named "Top
Newsmaker of 2006" by the Kelowna
Daily Courier. Eppler spoke out against overcrowding in Kelowna General Hospital's
emergency department, advocated for frail,
sick people and dispelled erroneous
notions about the causes of bottlenecks
at the Interior's busiest hospital.
HARVEY THOMMASEN, MD'87, was in
Ottawa in February to receive the Order
of Canada for his exemplary work in rural
medicine. A family physician now living
in Masset, BC, Harvey is also a prolific
writer. Harvey and best-selling thriller-writer
DANIEL KALLA, MD'91, who works at St.
Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, are featured in
the article on pages 13 to 15 in this issue
of UBC Medicine.
LEAH SEAMAN, MD'89, (6 above) has spent
the last four years in Inuvik with her two
boys, Luke, 10, and David, 18. David has just
returned from competing as a cross-country
skier in the Canada Winter Games in
Whitehorse. After 11 years, Leah, a family
practitioner, reluctantly left rural BC
following a series of discouraging cuts to
the health care system. She is enjoying
the hospital, the clinic, her colleagues, and
the mix of teaching and patient care in
her current community.
BILL HUNTER, MD'92, (7 above) and his
company Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.,
have received many awards since the company
was founded in 1992—including the 2005 BC
Innovation Council's Cecil Green Award for
Science and Technology Entrepreneurship
and, with co-founder Dr. Lindsay Machan,
the 2006 Manning Innovation Awards'
$100,000 Principal Award.
"After 11 years of urban family practice in
Calgary,"JANET NORTHCOTT, MD'93,
(8 above) writes that she "got bored and
burnt out and took a job in Moose Factory,
northern Ontario." She's "having a blast
flying into tiny communities, working in the
ER, being a hospitalist, and doing clinics
where nurse practitioners do all the routine
paps. Hooray!" And, she says, "Luckily, my
husband and kids love it up here too, with
lots of family time and outdoor activities."
KATIE MCALEER (nee Longworth), MD'06,
(9 above) is a member of the Nominations
Committee for the Vancouver YWCA's 2007
Women of Distinction Awards. The awards
honour women whose outstanding activities
and achievements contribute to the
well-being and future of the community.
The 2007 awards will be presented
May 29. For more information, visit
www.ywcavan.org/distinction.
PATTY CLUGSTON, MD'86, (10 above)
died in 2005 at the age of 46 after a lengthy
battle with scleroderma. A gifted and
dedicated plastic surgeon, Patty initiated the
BC Breast Reconstruction Program to
improve the outcomes of post-mastectomy
cancer patients. To honour their friend and
colleague, all 17 UBC-affiliated plastic
surgeons in Vancouver donated a day of fees
to help establish the PATTY CLUGSTON
CHAIR IN BREAST RECONSTRUCTION
SURGERY at UBC.
Other fundraising efforts include a
marathon run—and an auction of
hand-knitted scarves. Among the many
24     UBC Medical Alumni News Spring/Summer 2007 enthusiastic knitters were JIM BOYLE,
MD'78, who originated the idea, URVE
KUUSK, MD'76, and ALEX SEAL, MD'05,
(11 and 12 above) who learned to knit
especially for the occasion. The project was
organized by Tara Young, who worked
closely with Patty (as did Urve Kuusk), and
Karen Lennox, wife of PETER LENNOX,
MD'91, Patty's office partner and current
head of the Breast Reconstruction Program.
The PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION
OF RESIDENTS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
(PAR-BC) has renamed the PAR-BC
resident teaching award the Dr. Patricia
Clugston Memorial Award for Excellence
in Teaching.
LORNA SENT (HON.) (13 above)
celebrated her 30 years of medical practice
by participating in the 2006 Sun Run;
she then combined fundraising and running
by entering the five-kilometre Canadian
Breast Cancer Foundation's Run for the
Cure—which she completed in 31.45 minutes. With the support of family, friends,
patients, and colleagues, she raised $10,046,
the most money raised by an individual
in Vancouver—for which she received the
Ford Determination Award. Lorna has
requested that CBCF give consideration
to allocating the funds she raised to the
Patty Clugston Chair in Breast
Reconstruction Surgery.
Upcoming Reunions
MD'55 July 18, 2007 Contact Phil Narod at
604-536-6737 Gathering at Phil Narod's
residence in White Rock.
MD'57 50th Anniversary Reunion,
September 7 to 9, 2007
Contact Dr. John "Bud" Fredrickson at
604-739-4803 or jmfredrickson@telus.net,
or Dr. David Hardwick at 604-822-8584
or david.fhardwick@ubc.ca.
Welcome reception at MSAC;
visit and lunch on campus followed
by a special dinner; Sunday brunch at the
Century Plaza Hotel and farewell dinner at
Queen Elizabeth's Seasons in the Park
restaurant.
Special rate of $155 a night for MD
Class of 1957 Reunion attendees at the
Plaza 500 Hotel at 500 West 12th Ave in
Vancouver (close to VGH and MSAC).
Please make your own reservations.
At UBC ALUMNI WEEKEND
Friday, September 14 to 16, 2007
MD'67 40th Anniversary Reunion
Contact Dr. Patrick MacLeod at
macleod@viha.ca or 250-370-2961.
Reception at the Granville; dinner sunset
cruise in the harbour; Sunday brunch.
Rooms have been block-booked at
the Granville Island Hotel under UBC
MD'67 Reunion.
DATES TBD
MD'58 Contact Dr. Peggy Ross
(nee Andreen) at peggyleross@shawca
or 604-263-5147.
MD'82 25th Anniversary Reunion
Contact Dr. Jeff Purkis atjpurkis@telus.net.
MD'92 Contact Dr. Nigel Aspinall at
naspinall@shawca.
MD'97 10th Anniversary Reunion
Contact Dr. Angela Rivers at 604-898-2000
or arivers@shaw.ca.
20th Annual
Medical Doctors'
Golf Tournament
Sponsored by the
UBC Medical Alumni
June 14,2007
Fraserview Golf Course
A 20-Year Tradition
I Open to All Physicians
& Their Friends
Register in a foursome or as
an individual player.
PRIZES •  PUTTING
CONTEST •  FUN
Register by May 25, 2007.
Call or e-mail the
UBC Medical Student
& Alumni Centre at
604-875-5522 or
med.alumni@ubc.ca.
Registration restricted to the
first 48 golfers registered.
Grad Class Photos
An unframed, composite photograph of
your medical school graduating
class is
available for $60
Please send a cheque with your
graduating
year, address and contact detail;
to:
MSAC, 2750 Heather Street
Vancouver BC V5Z 4M2
Or, e-mail med.alumni@ubc.ca.
Spring/Summer 2007 UBC Medical Alumni News     25 o^tfag*
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^ "HE HAD NICE TASTE IN BOOKS," SAYS STANTON, "ESPECIALLY ONES ON
MICROBIOLOGY, HIS PRIDE AND JOY. THE COLLECTION . . . [IS] PRICELESS
IN THE SENSE OF, IF YOU WERE TO TRY TO RE-COLLECT IT, THERE WOULD
BE A STAGGERING COST IN TIME AND [MONEY]."
I n his corner in the Rare Books and Special Collections room of the new Irving K. Barber Learning Centre on
the Point Grey campus, Ralph Stanton scrolls through a list of books on a computer monitor. Names both
famous—Florence Nightingale and Louis Pasteur—and forgotten go past. These tomes, some of which date as
far back as the 16th century, have titles like Tractatus de peste, divisus in partes duas, quarum prior continet
speculationem physicam and A Treatise on Cholera. A few are about arctic exploration. All have one thing in
common—they are part of the Dr. C.E. Dolman collection.
Born in Cornwall, England, in 1906, Dr.
Claude Dolman came to Canada in 1931 to
work as a research assistant and clinical
associate at the University ofToronto's
prestigious Connaught Medical Research
Laboratories. In 1935 he was offered the
position of associate professor and acting
head at the department of Bacteriology and
Preventive Medicine at UBC. From 1936
until 1965, he was both professor and head
of the department (renamed Bacteriology
and Immunology in 1951, and later,
Microbiology & Immunology.)
"He had nice taste in books," says
Stanton, "especially ones on microbiology,
his pride and joy. He was an important
scholar in his field, and understood it, from
its origins to the present day."
Books on early forays into vaccination
and immunology made up the first volumes
Dolman donated to UBC in 1994. In 2004,
a decade after Dr. Dolman's death, when the
family house in Shaughnessy was about
to be sold, librarians Stanton and Lee Perry
were invited to look at what remained of
the collection. The two found over 400
books of interest.
Stanton finds it gratifying to be
reuniting so much of the original Dolman
collection—if not physically, then at least in
the UBC library database. "It's something
librarians like to do," he says. "The books
don't sit in one case anymore—but you
can re-create the collection through the
catalogue. You can see it there, and understand it."
It's not clear what, exactly, marked
the turning point when Dr. Dolman
became a serious collector. Stanton figures
Dolman acquired his books while travelling,
and through rare books dealers in London,
as well as other collectors. All that scouring
of bookshelves, of making contact the old-
fashioned way—before the Internet made
collecting easier—represents countless hours
of passionate commitment. "The collection
will get a price put on it eventually," says
Stanton. "But it's priceless in the sense of, if
you were to try to re-collect it, there would
be a staggering cost in time and [money]."
Lee Perry presides over the Charles
Woodward Memorial Room of the
Woodward Biomedical Library. She recalls
that, after his retirement, Dr. Dolman
would come to the library to research a
book he was writing on Theobald
Smith, a pioneering American microbiologist. (Medical historian Richard Wolfe
finished the book, Suppressing the Diseases
of Animals and Men, posthumously. It was
published in 2003.)
"He would spend hours on the
bibliography," recounts bibliographer/reference librarian Perry. "He worked with a lot
of German sources, many of which didn't
use initials, just last names. It was a great
challenge for a librarian."
Looking through the titles and publication dates in the Dolman collection online,
one can literally see the history of the field
of immunology. Researchers in the 1700s
and 1800s, for instance, were searching for
the causes of and treatment for smallpox,
rabies, diphtheria, and syphilis. In the early
20th century it was diphtheria and
tuberculosis.
This priceless collection of rare books,
written by the greatest medical minds of
their time, is just part of Dr. Dolman's legacy
at UBC. In 1946, at the request of UBC
president Norman Mackenzie, Dolman surveyed 22 American and all 11 Canadian
medical schools for his Report on a Survey of
Medical Education. In it he recommended
that BC settle for nothing less than a first-
class medical school on the UBC campus.
Having seen a few books from the
Dolman collection, this writer is struck as
much by their physical beauty and undiminished lustre as by their age. An English
volume contains pages of precise illustrations
of microbes. In a German one, the text is
printed in an archaic, almost medieval-looking font. No matter what the language, however, the knowledge, work and history within
these pages is unmistakable, and humbling. ■
Spring/Summer 2007 UBC Medical Alumni News     27 MUS
repo rt
Derry Dance, Class of 2009, President
Since my last message, much has occurred.
The spring brought great student
events such as Med Ball, the second-year
play, Spring Gala, and Dash for Doctors,
as well as sporting events and great
parties at the Medical Student & Alumni
Centre. There were also many student
seminars, including the BCMA-MUS
Medicine Beyond Medicine lecture series.
The first-year class has been through
their inaugural exams. The second-years,
myself included, have started to plan
and look forward to the clerkship years.
The third-years have become more accustomed to the ward, and have likely
seen their first birth and first death. The
Class of 2007, having been through the
CaRMS process, is embarking on the next
stage of their medical careers.
Soon the cycle will repeat itself.
The expanded and distributed program will
extend to fourth year, and will be accompanied by a new fourth-year curriculum.
Before long, the first graduates of our
innovative distributed program will reach
residency.
The MD Undergraduate program will
be undergoing accreditation over the
next year—the MUS looks forward to this
opportunity to recognize the many
strengths of the program, identify potential
weaknesses and work toward ensuring
the best educational opportunity for all
UBC medical students.
As the latter portion of the 2006/07
year winds toward completion, the stage is
set for an exciting year to come.
Other Highlights
The Medical Ball  2007
FOOLISHNESS    FOR    FUN    AND   A   GOOD   CAUSE
Danielle de Jong, Class of 2009, Med Play Producer
This year, in the midst of deciphering the intricacies of the lenticular nucleus, optic chiasm
and commissural projection systems of the brain, the Class of 2009 staged the romantic comedy
FOOLS—for six sold-out performances. As a producer—along with my extremely enabling
partners in crime, Sarah Coad and Carina Perel-Panar—and as a last-minute fill-in actor, I had
the unique experience of working both behind—and in—the scenes.
From the countless lunch-line production meetings, to watching the cast get more and
more polished in their FOOLishness, I've been amazed by the energy and talent of the people
in my class. Students constructed a set with four different scene locations on a 16-foot by
14-foot stage. They squeezed donations out of businesses for a play that didn't yet exist, and
they expertly clothed the cast in 19th century Ukrainian costumes.
Now in its sixth year, the Med play is
Wesbrook Scholars
Amanda Johner, Class of 2007
Thelma Sharp Cook Scholarship
Shaila Merchant, Class of 2007
Harry Logan Memorial Scholarship;
Harold B. and Nellie Boyes Memorial Scholarship
Andrew Morgan, Class of 2007
HSBC Emerging Leader Scholarship
Jaspreet Kfiangura, Class of 2010
John H. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship
Birinder Kaur Mangat, Class of 2010
HSBC Emerging Leader Scholarship
Congratulations!
much looked forward to by the student body,
as evidenced by their strong ticket-buying
support. It's also a lot of fun for the participants. This year, one actor told me, "It was one
of the best experiences of Med school—or of
my life, actually!"
More importantly, the Med play is also
one of the biggest and most visible fundraisers
for our rural practice rotation. Recently,
we received the results of the rural rotation
match, which determines where we'll be
spending a month of our summer. The excitement is tangible and growing as we stow away
our thespian hats and prepare to don our stethoscopes for upcoming performances in
communities across the province.
UBC Medical Alumni News Spring/Summer 2007 British
Columbh
THE     JUBILEE      LEGACY
NOVEMBER 2000 The UBC
Faculty of Medicine celebrates
its Golden Jubilee—50 years
of medical education, research
and community service locally
nationally and internationally.
The province's one and only
medical school is justifiably proud.
J A N U A RY 2 0 01   The Jubilee Fegacy
Campaign is launched, chaired by Al Boggie,
MD'54, and ably assisted by enthusiastic
and dedicated committee members Stephen
Beerman, MD'85, William Bell, MD'54,
Bernie Dejong, MD'57, Clarence Fernandez,
MD'84, Michael Golbey MD'80, David
Hardwick, MD'57, Francis Ho, MD'61, James
Hunter, MD'85, Barry Irish, MD'68, Curt
Fatham, MD'62,Trevor Newton, MD'87,
J. Phillip Sigalet, MD'86, Charles E.
Slonecker (Hon.), Michelle Sutter, MD'87,
Stephen Tredwell, MD'66, and William A.
Webber, MD'58.
The goal is $1 million for endowed
student scholarships and bursaries, and
the Faculty of Medicine pledges to
match that amount.
FEBRUARY 2002   The campaign ends.
Over 1,400 medical alumni have
contributed an astonishing $1.5 million
and 18 new endowed bursaries and
scholarships have been established.
FEBRUARY 2007   Since the scholarships
and bursaries were established, their
endowments have grown by 26 percent,
through both investment performance and
additional contributions.
More than 230 grateful students have
received financial support—all thanks to you!
IN 2000 AT THE JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
(TOP, L TO R)
DEAN JOHN CAIRNS, MD'68, SHARON DOUGAN,
MD'69, WITH JUBILEE PLANNING COMMITTEE
CHAIR ROBERT MCGRAW, MD'60, IN THE BACKGROUND; JUBILEE BANNERS; BEV TAMBOLINE,
MD'60, BILL WEBBER, MD'58, AND BOB MCGRAW;
THE JUBILEE HISTORY EXHIBIT
IN 2007 AT MSAC (CENTRE)
TWO JUBILEE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS, BRIAN
MAYSON, CLASS OF 2007 (L) AND NATHAN LIM,
CLASS OF 2008 (R) WITH AL BOGGIE, MD'54,
JUBILEE LEGACY CAMPAIGN CHAIR
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