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J_Q Peer-to-peer learning
in BC's emergency
26 iPhone app                      3/j. Medical alumni news
Clinical guidelines                     60th anniversary
on the go                                 reflections
a culture of excellence — for betti
a place of mind
The Faculty of Medicine's continuous drive to
improve health care, as embodied by four of its members
Beyond scapegoating: learning from adverse events
BC's emergency departments learn to learn from each other
Investigations _ Breakthroughs
Wheeling into the future
Enhancing excellence: new arrivals to the Faculty of Medicine
Exploring a new theory about MS
A student becomes party to a patent
Carrying on a physician's good work
Charlotte Thomson: 1937-2007
First scholarship created for Southern Medical Program
Luring a promising researcher home
Making a mark: awards and honours
Yet another use for the iPhone — treating patients
VOL. 6 | NO. 2 FALL 2010
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Academic health aspires to excellence in each of its key mandates
of research, education, and service. This issue of UBC Medicine
profiles exemplars of excellence across all three of these domains.
A key aspect of the stories that you will read is not just the creation
of knowledge, but also its translation into action.
In the September 30,1950 issue of the British Medical Journal,
Professors Richard Dahl and Bradford Hill reported on the
scientifically observed linkage of smoking with standardized
death rates due to lung cancer.This seminal paper identified
the correlation between the increased consumption of tobacco
and the increased number of deaths attributed to cancer of
the lung. However, it is only now, six decades later, that we see
evidence of the impact of this knowledge on both public policy
(with municipal by-laws, and provincial and federal campaigns)
and social expectations, which are combining to reduce tobacco
consumption. Indeed, the use of tobacco products remains a
significant issue in 2010, particularly in specific demographic
strata of our population, such as young women.
The unmistakable but belated decline in tobacco use
demonstrates that the creation of knowledge alone is not
sufficient to make an impact on the health of the population that
we serve. There are numerous other examples. We have seen over
the years ample scientific evidence that mandatory vehicle seat
belts and bicycle helmets save lives, and then we saw what it took
for evidence to become policy. Today genetic testing is becoming
more widespread and financially accessible for many people.
Yet the societal consequences of that knowledge are just
beginning to be examined from the points of view of health
and privacy.
am impressed with the work of our colleagues reflected in
this issue: how new knowledge has been generated, how this
knowledge has been disseminated and how a measurable impact
on health can be reflected in much of their work.These stories
serve as a reminder to all of us working in the domain of academic
health that we have a responsibility in all three areas of research,
education and service to generate new knowledge and then to
ensure that its potential is understood and can be ultimately linked
to health outcomes.
There is much emphasis in the medical literature on "clinically
relevant" outcomes and other patient-reported outcomes. Much of
this is a tangible reflection of the expectations that knowledge alone
is not sufficient, and that an impact on health is expected. I hope you
will be inspired by reading these profiles, which demonstrate that
our faculty, staff and students are working directly to improve the
health of our population in a meaningful way.
Gavin C.E. Stuart, MD, FRCSC
Vice Provost Health, UBC
Dean, Faculty of Medicine Excellence in academic me
happen. It requires the righ
right mix of curiosity,
s — and hard work. UBC MEDICINE
As the UBC Faculty of Medicine passes the 60-year mark, it's
worth taking a moment to reflect on how far it has come.
Its faculty members routinely publish their research findings in
high-impact peer-reviewed journals, and are quoted by scientific
and media publications throughout North America and the
world. Its 64 residency programs are magnets for the nation's
medical school graduates. Its distributed model for medical
education — and the elaborate technical infrastructure that
makes it possible — has established UBC as a world pioneer in
diversifying the field and producing doctors for underserved areas.
Such accomplishments are worth savouring. But the Faculty's
assiduous cultivation of excellence is not about rankings, media
mentions or the respect of our peers. It's about improving the
health of British Columbians, Canadians and people throughout
the world bytranslating knowledge into action in diverse arenas —
improving medical devices, developing life-saving protocols in the
ER, pursuing new treatments for stroke and spinal cord patients.
The faculty members profiled in the following pages embody that
purposeful pursuit of excellence, whether it's through education,
research, or the delicate combination of science and sensitivity
that health professionals are expected to perform every time they
see a patient.
Yes, these people have been recognized, in BC, Canada and
beyond, for their successful efforts. But we are highlighting
them for making a difference — by cultivating better physicians,
discovering new therapies, advocating for change, or simply by
demonstrably caring.
Janice Eng, befitting someone who has dedicated her career to
helping people move, is forever in motion herself— bouncing
between offices at the G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, the
International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), UBC's
Department of Physical Therapy and the university's Health
Research Resource Office.
When it's suggested to her that such a routine is a tribute to her
skills as a multi-tasker, she replies, "Either that, or I'm just going
around in circles."
Hardly.The progress she is making is undeniable. And it probably
explains why she has garnered several high-profile honours: the
Jonas Salk Award from the March of Dimes Canada; the YWCA
Vancouver's Women of Distinction Award; UBC's Killiam Research
Prize and Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. She also is a Fellow
of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Eng, a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, is
responsible for an alphabet soup of projects that share a common
thread: improving rehabilitation through systematic science, and
working to ensure those improvements are adopted.
"People don't understand how we as researchers integrate with
society," she says. "That's something that I see as important to my
job — breaking down those barriers."
FAME (Fitness and Mobility Exercise), one of Dr. Eng's earliest
projects, was developed on her hunch that fitness and strength
training for recovering stroke patients would reduce the risk of a
second stroke by improving their cardiovascular system — an idea
that ran counter to the prevailing conventional wisdom. Janice Eng
Dr. Eng started running exercise programs for stroke patients at
G.F Strong, then at community centres around Vancouver. Since
then, 80 sites around the world have adopted it, not just for stroke
patients but those with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.
More recently, Dr. Eng has focused on hand and arm function.
GRASP (Graded Repetitive Arm Supplementary Program),
developed with her former student Jocelyn Harris, is an exercise
regimen for stroke patients performed on their own or with family
members— instead of simply relying on the limited number of
sessions with therapists. It not only improved patients' ability to use
their stroke-affected arms, but also reduced depression.
Within a year of publishing their findings last year, the Canada
Stroke Network changed the clinical practice guidelines to
recommend supplementary arm exercise. In addition, GRASP is now
standard treatment in the major rehabilitation centres in BC.
Dr. Eng's work extends beyond clinical trials to disseminating
current research findings. Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Evidence (SCIRE) is a website platform covering 25 areas, including
bladder management, depression and pressure ulcers.The reports,
many of them based on case studies, are not peer-reviewed; Dr. Eng
heads an editorial team of researchers and clinicians that reviews
everything and decides if it merits posting.
"I did not imagine that SCIRE would be where it is today," she says.
"It has expanded, and expanded, and expanded. Spinal cord injury
clinicians have told me it's the first place they go to find out about
current treatments and their evidence."
When a colonoscopy revealed that one of Mark MacKenzie's
patients had a malignant tumour, he wasn't about to make her
wait to learn the news from a specialist. He wanted to be the one
to tell her, and to do it right away.
After all, he was her family doctor.
"I was so grateful," says the patient, Susan Booth. "It was much
better coming from him."
Dr. MacKenzie, who wound up in Chilliwack for what he thought
would be a short stay, has come to exemplifythe ideal of the family
doctor: rooted in the community, dedicated to patients.
"I've known a lot of my patients for 1 5 years," he says. "And that's
a really satisfying thing, to know them not only as patients, but as
people — knowing what journeys they've been on and what they've
come through. It's a real privilege, and not one you necessarily
appreciate when you first start out."
Those sentiments probably explain why Dr. MacKenzie, a Clinical
Associate Professor, was named the 2010 "Community Family
Physician of the Year" bythe BC College of Family Physicians.
"We feel he's our friend as well as our doctor," says Booth, who
became a patient of his 1 6 years ago after picking his name from
the phone book. "He has a good sense of humour, and he gives you
all the time you need. Honestly, I feel he is the standard against
which all the other doctors should be measured."
"I've known a lot of my patients
for 15 years, and that's a
really satisfying thing....It's a
real privilege."
-Mark MacKenzie
Dr. MacKenzie's love of the job owes much to the diversity of
patients he sees and conditions he treats, as well as Chilliwack's
21-year-old family practice residency program — an unusual
feature for a town of that size.
"I saw early on how the program had improved the quality of care
everyone was providing," Dr. MacKenzie says. "Everybody's practice
had come up a notch."
Like his students, Dr. MacKenzie hasn't stopped asking questions.
He took a hard look at the residency program's procedural skills
workshop, in which trainees are taught a series of tasks that
family doctors can perform, and concluded that the sessions —
as popular as they may be — are ultimately ineffective. He also
explored the connection between crystal methamphetamine use
and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) skin Mark MacKenzie
Evan Wood
Ravi Sidhu       photos by
nfections — a little-noticed correlation he observed during his
emergency department shifts.
In 2006, he took over the 3rd Year Integrated Clerkship, in which
medical students are exposed to various specialties — emergency
medicine, primary care, obstetrics, pediatrics — simultaneously.
"It takes longer, and the learning curve is steeper," he says. "But at
the end of the day, you have someone who is practicing as a junior
physician. And these programs, which have spread throughout the
Western world, are very good at adapting to different communities.'
Evan Wood has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed papers,
supervised 37 graduate students and sits on editorial boards
of eight scientific journals. His groundbreaking research
has resulted in major revisions to HIV treatment guidelines,
demonstrated the benefits of supervised injection facilities and
compelled pharmaceutical companies to offer free antiretrovirals
to HIV-positive pregnant mothers in Africa.
That long list of accomplishments would be impressive for a senior
academic. Having all these achievements under his belt at the age
of 36 is whythe BMJ Group — publisher of the prestigious British
Medical Journal — conferred its inaugural'Junior Doctor of the Year
Award" on Dr. Wood.
The international award, chosen from more than 100 nominees
and given to a young physician who has "done the most to improve
the world we live in," tops the list of other career honours already
bestowed upon Wood bythe Canadian Medical Association,
the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Canadian
Association for HIV Research.
All that for someone who, after earning a doctorate in epidemiology
at UBC, didn't get into medical school on the first try.
A Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine's
Division of AIDS, Dr. Wood has established himself as a leading
authority on HIV prevention and treatment issues among drug-
addicted populations. His evaluations of Insite, North America's
only supervised injection facility, have demonstrated that the
program reduces overdose deaths, lowers HIV transmission rates
and increases uptake into addiction treatment.
Yet Dr. Wood, Co-Director of the Urban Health Research Initiative at
the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and former Chief
Resident of UBC's Internal Medicine Residency Program, still finds
time to engage in public discourse, having commented in nearly 300
news stories and written almost 30 editorials in the past decade,
much of them in support of the "harm reduction" approach to illicit
drug use.
"The evidence to support harm reduction intervention is extremely
clear — I would say even clearer than the science supporting
climate change in many respects," Dr. Wood says. "I feel it's part of
my responsibility as a scientist to communicate that to the public."
Dr. Wood believes in tackling drug addiction through prioritizing
prevention and treatment.That would reduce demand for illicit
drugs while treating people with dignity and respect, he says, and
also makes economic sense — especially for a country with a
publicly-funded healthcare system.
Born and raised in Vancouver, he can't imagine working anywhere
else in the world, especially when one of the largest concentrations
of expertise in HIV/AIDS is right here in his backyard.
"UBC and the BC-CfE have one of the most well-regarded research
clusters in the world when it comes to HIV/AIDS research," he says.
Ravi Sidhu, who likes to run and play hockey, keeps a box of
"protein snacks" under his desk. But the packages aren't intended
as refueling after a bout of mid-day exercise. He needs them just
to get through the workday.
"I get up early, I have coffee for breakfast, I go to the OR, come back
here for meetings, and I realize it's 3:30 and I haven't eaten all day,"
he says.
Dr. Sidhu's need for quick nutrition is understandable, given the
roles he has taken on. Not only is he one of three vascular surgeons
at St. Paul's Hospital, but he is an Assistant Professor, the Director
of Postgraduate Education in the Department of Surgery, and the
Core Surgery Program Director. Along the way, he has served as
the principal investigator on several studies of surgical education
techniques and tools. */
rop of stellar faculty take root in the North and Island
residents of northern
BC gathered in an arena
in Prince George, but
„Tir.*'    they weren't there for a
■ concert or hockey match.
It was billed as a "Health
Crisis Rally" — a call for action to address the shortage of
physicians in the region.
From that event, the future of the UBC Faculty of Medicine
was irrevocably altered. Six months later, an agreement was
struck to create a distributed model of medical education
with the University of Northern British Columbia and the
University of Victoria.
Since the first students enrolled in the Northern Medical
Program (NMP) and the Island Medical Program (IMP) in the
fall of 2004, the Faculty has solidified its role as a province-
wide medical school. That evolution has inevitably involved
in both the
North and Vancouver Island, many of whom are distinguishing
themselves in UBC and beyond. They include:
■ Lys Fonger, Clinical Associate Professor in Victoria and Course
Director for the IMP's Family Practice Continuum, who received
a Certificate of Merit from the Canadian Association for
Medical Education.
■ Steven Chang, Clinical Instructor in Prince George and the
NMP's Clinical Course Director, who received a Certificate
of Recognition from Rotary International for his volunteer
work in the World Health Network, and who also received a
Postgraduate Teaching Award from the Department of Family
■ Bruce Crawford, Professor in the Department of Cellular &
Physiological Sciences in Victoria, who received a Certificate of
Merit from the Canadian Association for Medical Education and
was named the Outstanding Educator bythe MD Class of 2011.
■ Oscar Casiro, Regional Associate Dean, Vancouver Island, who
was elected President of the Medical Council of Canada.
All of that activity has gotten noticed. Dr. Sidhu was named Program
Director of the Year bythe Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons,
and won the OutstandingTeachingAward from the Association for
Surgical Education (covering North America).
His determination to teach, and to make the whole teaching
enterprise more effective, can probably be traced to his mother, who
was a kindergarten teacher in the Yukon. As a surgical resident, he
was bothered bythe lack of ongoing, systematic assessment.
"I went through an entire residency of five years, and my
supervisors' only formal assessment of me was a two-hour oral
exam," he says. "I remember thinking, after leaving the exam, They
know I can talk my waythrough a tough situation, but with enough
studying and coaching, I could have gotten through it and not
necessarily be a good surgeon. There must a better way to do this.'"
Not surprisingly, Dr. Sidhu has focused on going beyond the
"traditional slap on the back," instituting a system of performance
assessment in the operating room, the clinic and the ward. He
ntroduced two assessment tools — one, completed by supervisors
after every procedure, that rates residents'technical skills, and
another that looks at patient interaction skills.
Other improvements brought about by Dr. Sidhu: integrating
an online, case-based learning program into the curriculum,
coordinated with seminar topics; a hands-on skills lab in the
Core Surgery rotation; and free "life coaching" from professional
counselors for residents in the departments of Surgery, Urologic
Sciences and Orthopaedics.
"In surgery, it's common to pooh-pooh such things as 'soft
stuff,'" says Dr. Sidhu, who earned a Master's of Education after
completing his residency. "Yet we have these highly trained
people enduring a combination of physical, mental and emotional
stresses that are notoriously tough on your personal life, and
we give them little or no support. If there's any way to make our
residents better than they are now, why not?" SamSheps photo by martin dee
An aide at a long-term care facility gives an intubated, 48-year-old
quadriplegic patient a routine bed bath. When the ventilator alarm
sounds, she turns it off, as she routinely does, and continues
bathing. The alarm sounds again, she turns it off again; another
aide arrives and the bathing continues. But the patient goes into
cardiac arrest and dies.
The aide, never trained how to handle intubated patients, loses her job.
Punishing employees who are at the point of care during
critical incidents is an almost reflexive reaction by health care
organizations, given the push for accountability by policy-makers
and the public. But Sam Sheps, a Professor in the School of
Population and Public Health, is convinced it's neither a solution,
nor in most cases, fair.
"It's often a case of putting responsibility on people who haven't
been given relevant training and/or authority to make decisions,"
Dr. Sheps says. "For senior management, noncompliance with
rules and protocols is generally the end of the story. But this
approach doesn't make sense, since firing someone, without
really understanding the problem, isn't going to be very helpful in
preventing that problem, or similar ones, again."
Dr. Sheps, former Head of the Department of Health Care and
Epidemiology (forerunner of the School of Population and Public
Health) and advisor to the Canadian Patient Safety Institute
(CPSI), believes "organizational resilience" provides a deeper
understanding of adverse events.
A resilient organization, instead of relying solely on technology and
elaborate rules and procedures to maintain safety, is highly self-
aware and asks tough questions — at the highest levels — about
why things go awry. Ideally, it anticipates unsafe situations before
they arise. Resilience thinking also focuses on why things go well.
Dr. Sheps, along with Research Associate Karen Cardiff, have
engaged in patient safety research with CPSI and Health Canada
for a decade. They are now trying to understand how putting
organizational resilience into practice can improve investigations
of adverse events.
Funded by a four-year, $421,000 grant from the Canadian Health
Services Research Foundation and CPSI, they are exploring
whether a resilience-based investigation approach developed by
the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority affects how Vancouver
Coastal Health and the Saskatoon Health Region conduct
critical incident investigations — and whether it changes their
understanding of how safety is achieved.
Dr. Sheps and Cardiff are sampling adverse event reports from the
two health care organizations to assess whether investigations
become more system-oriented. Interviews and focus groups with
front-line staff and senior management also will determine whether
there are changes in organizational thinking about safety.
Recent years have demonstrated the power of checklists
to prevent critical incidents. (See Atul Gawande's book, The
Checklist Manifesto) Such strategies are helpful, Dr. Sheps says,
but checklists can't fully address the complexity of health care,
with its multiple competing goals, complex performance tasks,
multiple players, and a constant influx of new patients with
varied histories and conditions.
"Human error, in any context, is not an explanation," he says. "It
requires an explanation. You have to ask questions about how the
organization itself is functioning. Is it putting people in a bind by
pushing them beyond the limits of safety?"
One critical aspect of resilience, Dr. Sheps says, is "getting into the
minds of the people involved when the adverse event was happening,
and asking, 'Why did the decisions they made make sense to them?'
That puts a whole new light on where responsibility lies." LEARNING FROM PEEu_.
"MERGENCY DEPARTMENTS L- R: Julian Marsden; tending to a patient, Herb Morse, at St. Paul's Emergency Department.
Hospitals, like most institutions, have a hard time changing their
ways. Even when new evidence is discovered that point to a new
way of doing things, it often doesn't reach the people who need it.
Or it gets stymied by inertia and skepticism. Or people don't know
whereto begin.
Julian Marsden knows just how tough it can be. A Clinical
Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and a
physician in the emergency department of St. Paul's Hospital
in Vancouver, he saw how much effort it took his colleagues
to develop and implement a new protocol for identifying and
treating septic patients. But the payoff— in terms of lives
saved — was worth it.
So when the Ministry of Health Services asked a group
of physicians, including Dr. Marsden, to help spread such
improvements throughout the province, he embraced it. But he
also realized that it carried the risk of top-down proselytizing.
"If someone is working elsewhere in BC, their whole set-up is
different," he says. "It doesn't make sense for me at St. Paul's to
be telling them, This is how you should be doing it in your centre.'
That information should come from a similar centre in BC that
has done it under similar circumstances."
Dr. Marsden's solution was to create an "online community
of practice," in which physicians, nurses and front-line
administrators share information through teleconferences,
webinars and occasionally in person. He called it "Evidence to
Excellence," or E2E.
"It's essentially a way of coaching people through improvement,"
he says.
Building on his work as chair of St. Paul's Emergency Medicine
Update (a conference held every year at Whistler), and with
help from Kendall Ho, then-Director of Continuing Professional
Development and Knowledge Transfer, Dr. Marsden organized
two collaboratives: one focused on sepsis, the other on triage
and patient flow. They held online meetings every two weeks, and
n-person conferences every few months.
It wasn't long before some hospitals found the motivation to
change — and managed to navigate the usual roadblocks.
At Chilliwack General Hospital, the mortality rate of septic
patients was running at 44 per cent in June 2008; since last
January, it has fallen to 7 per cent. Brent Woodley, a Clinical
Nurse Educator in the hospital's emergency department, says it
wouldn't have happened without the "cross-pollination" of E2E.
"We raised the profile of sepsis as a condition," Woodley says. "If
someone is septic, we need to work fast. It's just a question of
getting people up to speed and adhering to those guidelines."
Kelowna General Hospital, meanwhile, participated in the patient
flow collaborative because "our waits were unacceptably long,"
says Mike Ertel, the Chief and Medical Director of the emergency
department. Bottlenecks resulted in two on-duty physicians
sometimes having no patients to see, even while the waiting room
was full.
"It's essentially a way of coaching
people through improvement."
— Julian Marsden
With guidance from E2E, the emergency department started
"streaming," whereby patients who don't need to be put on a bed
are tended to in chairs.The result: the waiting room is usually
empty, and patient satisfaction has increased from 78 per cent to
92 per cent.
"The communication throughout the province is key, because
we can share with each other what's going well, what's not going
well, and come up with a more unified approach provincially,"
says Dr. Ertel, a Clinical Instructor in Emergency Medicine. "I think
ultimately it's going to enhance patient care. You tend to just live
in your own little world and not know what's going on in the rest of
the province." ^B_
01 | An accidental discovery spawns
a promising new investigation
Professor of
I    Neil Cashman
is pursuinga
'V^^ link between
^^^"    two seemingly
unrelated diseases:chronic
wasting disease (CWD) in deer
and elk, and common human
cancers like melanoma and
Dr. Cashman, Canada Research
Chair in Neurodegeneration and
Protein Misfolding Diseases,
nadvertently discovered the
similarity in 2003. He was looking
for a cell line that could be used
as a control in experiments
on misfolded prion proteins,
the main culprit in CWD as
well as bovine spongiform
encephalopathy ("mad cow
disease") and its human variant,
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
The cancer line cells were
useless as a control group
because they turned out to have
misfolded prion proteins on
their cell surfaces. But that very
fact pointed to the possibility of
targeting them with the same
immunological pathway Dr.
Cashman was pursuing for CWD.
If it pans out, one possible
scenario might be a melanoma
vaccine that could be
administered to people who have
prolonged exposure to the sun.
The new therapies are currently
being tested on mice, with
clinical trials expected to begin
within four to five years.
"This is the first time that the
idea of treating cancer with
antibodies against misfolded
prion proteins is being
subjected to scientific testing,"
says Dr. Cashman, a neurologist
at Vancouver Coastal Health.
After rigorous review for scientific
and industrial relevance, PrioNet
Canada, of which Dr. Cashman is
Scientific Director, is providing
$350,000 over two years for the
research. In addition, Amorfix Life
Sciences (a company founded by
Dr. Cashman) and the Saskatoon-
based PREVENT (Pan-Provincial
Vaccine Enterprise) are providing
another $140,000.
Dr. Cashman is collaborating
with cancer experts Dawn
Waterhouse from the BC
Cancer Agency and Yuzhuo
Wang, an Associate Professor
in the Department Urologic
Sciences and a researcher at
the BC Cancer Agency and the
Vancouver Prostate Centre.
02 | Graduate student's
discovery gets showcased
by Nature
A UBC doctoral
candidate has
a previously
mechanism for
silencing retroviruses, segments
of genetic material that can lead
to fatal mutations in a cell's DNA.
The findings, published in the
journal Nature, could lead to new
cancer treatments that kill only
tumour cells and leave healthy
surrounding tissue unharmed.
Danny Leung, a 27-year-
old graduate student in the
laboratory of Assistant Professor
Matthew Lorincz in the
Department of Med ical Genetics,
has devoted his studies at UBC to
the growing field of epigenetics
— changes to the genome that
don't involve changes to the
underlying code. Such changes
determine whether or not a gene
is expressed.
Leung, who was co-lead
author with a graduate
student at Kyoto University in
Japan, found that a protein
called ESET is crucial to
preventing the activity of
endogenous retroviruses in
mouse embryonic stem cells.
Distant relatives of such
retroviruses are more active in
the cells of testicular, breast
and skin cancers in humans.
If ESET can be blocked,
retroviruses would become
dramatically more active,
thus either killing the cancer
cells hosting them or flagging
them as targets for the
immune system.
Leung's findings with
embryonic stem cells has
direct bearing on cancer
treatments because cancer
cells are stem-like — they can
differentiate into other types
of cells. So blocking ESET
holds the promise of affecting
only cancer cells, allowing
retroviruses to flourish to the
detriment of their hosts. 03 | UBC team identifies
important predictor of
cardiovascular death
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD),
the most frequent cause of
heart disease, occurs when
blood vessels become narrow
or blocked, and thus cannot
provide enough blood to
meet the heart's demand. It
hospitalizes more than 1 60,000
Canad ians every year, and
almost one quarter of those
patients die from it.
A team of U BC researchers
has identified an important
predictor of mortality in CAD
patients, signaling their need
for more aggressive treatment.
In an article published in the
Journal of the American College
of Cardiology, PhD student
Claire Heslop, Professor
Jiri Frohlich, and Associate
Professor John Hill from the
Department of Pathology
and Laboratory Medicine
and the Providence Heart
+ Lung Institute found that
high levels of an enzyme,
myeloperoxidase, in the
blood of CAD patients more
than doubled their risk for
death over a 13-year period.
Myeloperoxidase is an enzyme
associated with oxidative
stress, which damages
arterial tissue.
The research team, funded
by the Heart and Stroke
Foundation of BC & Yukon,
analyzed blood samples and
records from patients admitted
to hospital over a 1 3-year
period. Based on this work,
the researchers were able to
develop a new classification of
risk for CAD patients based on
their levels of myeloperoxidase.
Kevin Gregory Evans photo by martin dee
04 | A quest to find molecular
therapies for retinal diseases
A team from the Department
of Ophthalmology and Visual
Science has received $1.5
million from the Canadian
Institute for Health Research
to develop novel molecular
approaches to treat diseases
of the retina — the tissue most
commonly damaged in blinding
diseases such as macular
degeneration and retinitis
They aim to identify new
molecules that will inhibit cell
death, protein misfolding, and
nflammation in the retina.They
will also investigate new ways
to deliver these therapies via a
single injection into the eye.
This program is unique because
it's assessing the effectiveness
of these new molecular
therapies in combination. While
drug combinations are common
in the treatment of diabetes.
hypertension, and cancer
it has yet to be assessed in
retinal diseases.
The team is led by Professor
Kevin Gregory-Evans, the Julia
Levy B.C. Leadership Chair in
Macular Research. His position
is funded by BC's Leading
Edge Endowment Fund, UBC
and QLT Inc., a UBC spinoff
company co-founded by Dr.
Levy, a Professor Emerita.
QLT developed Visudyne, the
first macular degeneration
breakthrough, which uses
a combination of drugs and
laser therapy to treat patients
around the world.
The other members are Joanne
Matsubara, Professor and
Assistant Director of the Centre
for Macular Research; Cheryl
Gregory-Evans, Associate
Professor, whose recruitment
was supported bythe late
Sharon Stewart; and Orson
Moritz, an Associate Professor.
Researchers found an important predictor
of mortality in patients with Coronary
Artery Disease, which hospitalizes more
than 160,000 Canadians a year. WHEELING INTO THE FUTURE
At the end of World War II, his mission as a navigator for the Royal
Canadian Air Force in World War II all but complete, Don Miller
contracted polio. He was put in an iron lung for a month, spent
three years recuperating at the old Shaughnessy Hospital, then
re-entered "normal life"— becoming an accountant and raising a
family, including a son, Bill.
Having watched his father navigate everyday tasks on four wheels,
Bill Miller, an Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy &
Occupational Science, aimed to improve life for wheelchair users,
who number about 250,000 in Canada.
Now he has his chance.
Dr. Miller is leading a six-year project, dubbed CanWheel, to
nvestigate how older adults use power wheelchairs, how they
can use their chairs better, and how the chairs themselves can
be improved.
The CanWheel team includes Bonita Sawatzky, an Assistant
Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics whose research
focuses on the biomechanics of wheelchair propulsion, as well as a
dozen other experts in computer science, robotics and wheelchair
training at UBC and five other Canadian universities. Their proposal
garnered a $1.5 million Emerging Team Grant from the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research, and additional funding from Quebec's
Fonds de la Recherche en Sante.
Power wheelchairs, which range in price from $6,000 to $35,000,
can provide enormous benefits, but they are often abandoned
because of the users' declining cognitive abilities, or simply for lack
of proper training. Among the project's goals is a "collaboratively-
controlled" wheelchair.
"Ideally, the chair would recognize when its user needs more help,
and would kick in with more automation, but in an integrated way,
so it's not a total takeover, but an effort to maximize the person's
ndependence," Dr. Miller says.
Some of those automated functions include voice commands,
collision avoidance, route-planning, even object recognition. It
could avoid places where construction is taking place, gravitate
to areas where there are ramps and curb cuts, open specially-
equipped doors through radio signaling, or interact with an
automated teller machine.
"It's not taking over their life, but promoting the functionality of
the individual," says Dr. Miller, a researcher at ICORD (International
Collaboration on Repair Discoveries), a UBC-Vancouver Coastal
Health centre. The team has decided that any technology emerging from their
effort will be put in the public domain, to increase the likelihood
that it's put to use by wheelchair manufacturers.
But CanWheel isn't just focused on nuts, bolts and circuits.
Other projects include:
■ Measuring with specially-built "data loggers" how different
cohorts of wheelchair users (experienced users, experienced
users with new equipment, and novice users) utilize and handle
the devices over a two-year period.
■ Evaluating the effectiveness of a wheelchair skills program
developed by researchers at Dalhousie University.
■ Exploring the needs and experiences of older adults and
caregivers with power wheelchairs, and investigating the
perspectives of health care providers, policy-makers and
funding agencies.
CanWheel's findings will likely become increasingly important as
the baby boom generation ages and a growing number of people
grapple with declining physical or cognitive skills.
"We have a pretty political aging population who are very vocal,"
Dr. Miller says. "So I think they will drive the need to fund
ncreasingly more complex technology that enables them to
maintain their mobility longer. Hopefully, government will listen."
For the second consecutive year, the soaring glass atrium of
the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre will be filled with the voices
of the Vancouver Cantata Singers.
Spinal Chord, to be held the evening of Saturday, Nov. 6, will
feature traditional and modern pieces in a space whose
acoustics have been likened to a Gothic cathedral. Rather
than performing on a fixed stage, the singers will be arrayed
throughout the atrium, for a "surround-sound" experience.
The event, which also will include a jazz ensemble, silent
and live auctions and hors d'oeuvres, raises funds for the
Cantata Singers and ICORD (International Collaboration on
Repair Discoveries), a UBC-Vancouver Coastal Health centre.
Tickets, which are $100, are available by calling
604-730-8856. Tax receipts for a significant portion of the
ticket cost will be issued. For more information, visit
www.spinalchordgala.org. ENHANCING EXCELLENCE
IfliMM Identify the optimal combination of blood
pressure control and anti-clotting therapy that will
prevent recurrent strokes and cognitive decline
iMW To study the molecular origin of Parkinson's disease
and other neurodegenerative disorders, and find new
strategies for early detection and improved treatments
EDUCATION: MDfrom University of
Cordoba, Argentina; residency and
fellowships at University of Western
Ontario, University of Ottawa and
University of Texas Health Science
Center, San Antonio, Texas
of Neurology, University of Texas
Health Science Center, San Antonio;
Director of Stroke Program
DISTINCTIONS: The Ross J. Sibert
Distinguished Endowed Chair
(University of Texas Health
Science Center); Principal
Investigator of Secondary
Prevention of Small Subcortical
Strokes (SPS3) study, a $66
million project funded bythe U.S.
National Institutes of Health
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree
in biochemistry, King's College,
London, U.K.; PhD in human
genetics from Imperial College,
Molecular Neuroscience, Director
of the Neurogenetics Division,
Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida
DISTINCTIONS: Named the Mayo
Clinic's Distinguished Investigator
in 2008, one of the youngest
investigators to receive that
honour; member of Michael J. Fox
Foundation's Scientific Advisory
He was born in an English pub
"Small subcortical strokes (S3), also known as lacunar
strokes, comprise more than 25% of brain infarcts, and are
one of the most common causes of cognitive impairment.
How to optimally prevent stroke recurrence and cognitive
decline in this population is unclear.
The aim of the Secondary Prevention of Small Subcortical
Strokes (SPS3) study is to define strategies for reducing
stroke recurrence, cognitive decline and major vascular
events. SPS3 will address several important clinical and
scientific questions by testing two interventions in patients
with recent MRI-defined lacunar infarcts likely due to small
vessel disease. The results will inform management of
millions of patients with this common vascular disorder."
"Despite remarkable discoveries throughout the last century
about the brain's anatomy and functions, we know far less about
how best to intervene when these functions become disordered
or diseased. We have achieved some remarkable insights, thanks
in part to the hundreds of families who donated their DNA,
thus enabling us to identify the genes involved in devastating
nervous system disorders such as Parkinson's disease, the most
prevalent age-associated movement disorder.
However, finding gene mutations is not enough. If we are to
successfully intervene, we have to understand the role of the
encoded protein and the network that is perturbed, or at least
be able to model these processes. My objective is to use these
insights to protect the brain and nervous system. For the first
time since the 60s, there is hope for a Parkinson's treatment that
goes beyond ameliorating a patient's symptoms, and actually
reverses the disease.
I'm confident that the multidisciplinary collaborations at the
Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics and the Brain
Research Centre, coupled with UBC's enviable track record of
successful knowledge transfer, will speed this process along, so
that our renewed hope will be realized." UBC MEDICINE    17
*      _.
IfliMM Epidemiologic research in obstetrics and
gynaecology; teaching fundamentals of medical
research at the School of Population and Public Health
POSITION: Professor, Department of Obstetrics and
Gynaecology, and School of Population and Public
Health; Scientist Level 3, Child and Family Research
Institute; Consultant, Perinatal Services BC
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Medicine
and Surgery (MB;BS) and MD degrees
from Christian Medical College,
Vellore, India; PhD from McGill
University; fellowship at McGill
University-Montreal Children's
Hospital Research Institute
Dalhousie University (Obstetrics and
Gynaecology, and Pediatrics)
DID YOU KNOW? He had 15 seconds
of fame on CBC's The National while
shoveling a driveway during a blizzard
in Halifax
Lougheed New Investigator
Scholar Award; Dalhousie Medical
University's Clinical Research
Scholar Award; Dalhousie Medical
Research Foundation Award
for Excellence in Population
Health Research; Geoffrey C.
Robinson Award of Canadian
Pediatric Society; Associate Editor
and member of the editorial
board for BMC Pregnancy and
Childbirth; member of editorial
board of Pediatric and Perinatal
Epidemiology; former Associate
Ed itor of Canadian Medical
Association Journal
"The world of obstetrics has witnessed unprecedented
change in recent decades both with regard to maternal
characteristics and medical intervention. Whereas these
changes have occurred against a backdrop of declines in
maternal, fetal and infant mortality, significant theoretical
and practical challenges remain.
Perhaps the most intriguing conceptual issue that plagues
the perinatal literature is the paradox of intersecting
perinatal mortality curves — the fact that small babies born
to mothers who smoked during pregnancy have a survival
advantage compared with small babies whose mothers did
not smoke. The opposite finding is seen among larger babies.
This paradoxical observation is in fact a general phenomenon
seen in contrasts across parity, race, plurality, infant sex, etc.
Clinicians and researchers in UBC's Department of
Obstetrics and Gynaecology work together to address
both the theory and practice of this discipline. A close
relationship with provincial institutions such as Perinatal
Services BC, and support from the Child and Family Research
Institute, create the ideal set-up for productive research, and
I am delighted to be a part of this collegial environment
Cardiovascular Physiology:
a Clinical Approach
Authors: Carol-Ann Courneya
(Associate Professor, Cellular &
Physiological Sciences) and Michael
Parker (Harvard Medical School).
Editor Richard Schwartzstein
(Harvard Medical School).
Publisher: Lippincott,
Williams & Wilkins
A clinically-oriented exposition of the essentials of
cardiovascular physiology for medical students, residents,
nurses and allied health professionals, written in a lecture-
style format and conversational tone to offset the difficult
and intimidating nature of the subject. Detailed illustrations
and online animated figures help students truly understand
key cardiovascular concepts most relevant for patient care.
Learning objectives, thought questions, clinical cases,
and review questions challenge students and help them
master the material. Dr. Courneya was the primary writer.
The book will be used in the cardio block in the UBC MD
Undergraduate Program starting in 2011.
AChild in Pain:What Health
Professionals Can Do to Help
Author: Leora Kuttner
(Clinical Professor, Department
of Pediatrics).
Publisher: Crown House Publishing
A follow-up to A Child in Pain: How to Help, What to Do
—A Book for Parents, Dr. Kuttner's latest book outlines
the latest discoveries on pain management and provides
practical strategies for physicians, dentists and hospital
personnel who care for children. Blending research
findings with clinical examples from her 30 years of
practice, she suggests ways that health professionals can
better communicate with children and help them become
a part of their own pain management team. The book
uses explanatory yet scientifically accurate diagrams to
ntroduce medical concepts to children in pain. 18     UBC MEDICINE
J   GrantRants
Local MS patients are
protesting to urge Health
Canada to fund liberation
therapy clinical trials.
■_-■— •»_— __.
_      -      m. Anthony Traboulsee photo by martin dee
Faculty of Medicine researchers have taken a leading role in
exploring a provocative theory about the cause of multiple sclerosis.
If validated, it could point the way to a revolutionary treatment.
The theory, called chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency
(CCSVI), posits that the veins draining blood from the brain and
spinal cord might be narrowed in MS patients, causing congestion
of blood in the brain, deposits of iron, and ultimately triggering
attacks of inflammation.
The theory, put forward by Paolo Zamboni, an Italian vascular
surgeon, includes what he calls "liberation treatment" — a dilation
of the narrowed veins with catheters or stents.
Dr. Zamboni's claims, which were publicized by The Globe and Mail
and CTV News in November 2009, triggered demands by many MS
patients that government and the medical research community
redeploy resources to explore its validity and potential as a
treatment. Some patients, not content to wait for the painstaking
process of scientific confirmation, are undergoing ultrasound or
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at private, for-profit imaging
clinics, or even getting the diagnosis and treatment in countries
where physicians are permitted to perform the procedure.
Faculty of Medicine researchers, sensitive to the newly-raised
hopes among MS patients, assembled a team to investigate CCSVI.
As a result of its speed and its constellation of expertise in MS, MRI
and endovascular therapy, UBC received one of seven $200,000
grants from the MS Society of Canada and the U.S.-based National
MS Society to test the validity of the theory.
Their expertise garnered an additional $270,000 in funding from
the Lotte & John Hecht Memorial Foundation, $5,000 from the
Wolrige Foundation, and support from Philips Healthcare Canada
toward a $1 5,000 upgrade of the 3T MRI system at the UBC MRI
Research Centre.
The UBC researchers — led by Anthony Traboulsee, Assistant
Professor in the Division of Neurology and Medical Director
of the MS Clinic at UBC Hospital (part of Vancouver Coastal
Health) — teamed up with the University of Saskatchewan College
of Medicine and the Saskatoon MS Clinic on a two-year study.
The team also is pulling together a diverse group of researchers:
AlexMacKay, Professor in Radiology as well as Physics and
Astronomy, and Director of the UBC MRI Research Centre; David Li,
Professor in Radiology and Director of the UBC MS/MRI Research
Group; AlexRauscher, Assistant Professor in Radiology and the
UBC MRI Research Centre;^. Dessa Sadovnick, Professor in the
Department of Medical Genetics; and Judy llles, Professor in
the Division of Neurology and Director of the National Core for
The study is recruiting 300 participants — 1 00 with MS, 100
unaffected relatives, and a healthy control group without MS to
verify the condition and determine the usefulness of non-invasive
techniques to screen for CCSVI. It's the only team among the seven
grant-winners that will use catheter venography, an imaging
technique considered the "gold standard" for diagnosing and
evaluating blocked veins.The study is also unique in its inclusion of
family members of MS patients, such as identical twins and other
immediate relatives.
"The unique inclusion of a family member control group in this
study may allow us to gain further insight into the possible role of
CCSVI in the mechanisms leading to MS and to determine if there
is a genetic linkto the condition," Dr.Traboulsee says.
Find out more about UBC's research into CCSVI, including updates,
at www.med.ubc.ca/research/CCSVI_research.htm. Will Guest   PHOTO BYANDY FANG
To hear the list of accomplishments Will Guest has racked up in
his first three years of the MD/PhD program, you might think he
had cloned himself.
Guest, 23, has helped formulate an algorithm to target misfolded
proteins, become an inventor in a worldwide patent application,
co-organized a biophysics symposium, created new teaching
modules for Radiology students, and has held positions with
the Clinician Investigator Trainee Association of Canada and the
Faculty of Medicine Research Council.
That ingenuity and industriousness earned Guest the prestigious
Vanier Graduate Scholarship from the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research.The award of $50,000 per year, for up to three
years, is given to world-class doctoral students who demonstrate
leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in
doctoral studies.
"I have never met a trainee with more promise than Will Guest,"
says Neil Cashman, Professor in the Division of Neurology
and his PhD supervisor. "He is mathematically gifted, and also
scientifically creative."
Guest plans to use his scholarship to purchase equipment and
pursue his studies without the typical financial burdens of medical
education. In September, he traveled to Austria for the world's top
conference on prion research, presenting a poster on the proteins
nvolved in neurodegenerative diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis (ALS).
The Faculty of Medicine has 20 MD/PhD students, who interrupt
the traditional MD undergraduate program after their second year
to focus exclusively on research, typically for three years. Following
the thesis defence, they return to the MD program to complete
their clinical training.
Guest came to the program from the University of Manitoba, where
his straight A+ average in Honours Physics and Biochemistry
earned him first ranking in his graduating class and the University
Gold Medal. He also graduated in three years.
Upon coming to UBC, Guest's expansive intellect and curiosity
brought together Dr. Cashman and theoretical physicist Steve
Plotkin, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and
Astronomy— a partnership that Dr. Cashman calls "incredibly
productive and gratifying."
Working with Dr. Cashman and Dr. Plotkin (his co-supervisor), Guest
identified regions of proteins that become exposed in the process
of misfolding. When misfolding occurs in prion proteins, one of
the unfortunate outcomes is bovine spongiform encephalopathy
(otherwise known as "mad cow disease") and its human variant,
Creutzfeld-Jacob disease.The exposed regions, however, could be
targets for antibody generation.
"What you want when targeting a misfolded protein is a handle that
you can grasp onto," Guest says. "What's holding onto the handle
is an antibody. If that antibody can label a misfolded protein by
binding to it, this can help the immune system clear away that
protein and hopefully improve the course of the disease."
Dr. Cashman and Dr. Plotkin made Guest their partner in the
patent application for the algorithm. Amorfix Life Sciences, a
company founded by Dr. Cashman, has agreed to spend at least
$500,000 on antibody development and testing to determine
whether protein misfolding regions could be targeted in
neurodegeneration and cancer.
Guest will begin testing the specially-designed antibodies in cell-
based systems this fall. But even if a cure remains elusive, Guest is
thrilled bythe pursuit.
"To contribute to the body of medical knowledge in a way that will
outlast your own career is a very precious thing," he says. L-R; Kerry Morrissey (Telford) with her daughter, Sarah; Dr. Telford in Peru.
Kerry Morrissey (Telford) devoted her career to caring for the most
vulnerable people — whether they were new arrivals to Vancouver
or lifelong residents of remote jungle villages.
A Clinical Instructor in the Department of Family Practice, she spent
part of her time seeing patients at Vancouver's Bridge Clinic, helping
refugees make the transition to life in Canada. And, when she
needed a break, she would spend a few months in Santa Clotilde,
Peru, combining her skills as a physician, her knowledge of Spanish
and her profound compassion for the underserved.
That work came to a sudden end on November 29, 2009, when
Dr.Telford and her six-month old daughter Sarah Morrissey died in a
seaplane crash near Saturna Island.
Within days of the accident, fellow members of the UBC medical
class of 1993 began exchanging e-mails expressing their
devastation and fond memories of her.The idea of creatinga
memorial award to honour her legacy quickly took shape.
"I think the class saw certain qualities in Kerry, and recognized that
we lost somebody very special," says Joan Bratty, a close friend of Dr.
Telford's and member of the class. "She was a very inspiring person.
We wanted to carry on something that she was working on."
The result was the Kerry and Sarah Morrissey (Telford) Award,
created to support two of Dr.Telford's main passions: global health
and teaching.
Dr. Bratty set the bar high, aiming to create a self-sustaining fund
that will last for years to come. To date, $64,450 has been raised.
The award will support third-year medical residents in UBC's Global
Health program.The six-month program gives Family Practice
residents the extra skills needed to work with vulnerable populations.
The award will fund the program's overseas field study component.
"The travel expenses with an overseas placement can be daunting
or discouraging to someone who under different circumstances
might consider global health as a career path," says Richard Currie,
who worked with Dr.Telford at the Bridge Clinic while completing
the program in 2007 and now works for Medecins Sans Frontieres
(Doctors Without Borders). "Anything that can help physicians get
skills in this area is a great thing."
The program accepts two residents per year, but hopes to expand
to meet the growing demand for training in international medicine.
Dr. Bratty hopes the award will be "a small catalyst" to the field of
global health at UBC and beyond.
"We lost somebody very special.
She was a very inspiring person.
We wanted to carry on something
that she was working on."
— Joan Bratty
"We want people who take on international health work to know
that there is a huge cohort of physicians and other people who are
really behind them," she says.
Videsh Kapoor, Director of the Division of Global Health and member
of the Class of'93, says the award is a fitting legacy for Telford
because it "passes the torch" of her dedication to the underserved.
"That is very much what Kerry was about," says Dr. Kapoor, a
Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Practice.
"Kerry believed in helping vulnerable people, and this award will
support future physicians doing the same thing."
Contributions may be sent to UBC Annual Giving,
500 - 5950 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1 Z3;
by visiting www.supporting.ubc.ca/kerrytelford; or by contacting
the Annual Giving office at 604-822-8900. L-R; Charlotte Thomson, with her brother Adrian (on left) and husband Richard Borgen
(on right); Dr. Thomson in her 1962 graduation photo, photos courtesy of Adrian Thomson
Today, women routinely
outnumber men in the medical
undergraduate program
at UBC. But in 1958, when
Charlotte Thomson enrolled,
she was just one of three
women in a class of 57 men.
The three of them were
regularly singled out as the
target of jokes — sometimes
good-natured, sometimes
"It was very interesting,
because we were certainly
treated differently than the
fellows," says Heidi Tobler,
Thomson's classmate and close
friend. "It was hard in a way, but
fun in another way."
Those memories never faded
for Dr.Thomson, eventually
prompting her to make a
bequest of $40,768 in her
estate to create an endowment
benefitingthird-year MD
students — the Dr. Charlotte
Thomson MemorialScholarship.
"I think my sister's desire to
donate money to a fund was
prompted by the difficulty
women had getting into
medicine," says Adrian Thomson,
Thomson's brother. "Plus,
she always had a desire to
help people."
After graduating from UBC,
Dr. Thomson attended Oregon
Health and Science University
where she completed her
residency in anesthesiology
one of the few specialties open
to women at the time. In 1977,
she was diagnosed with a
particularly debilitating form of
multiple sclerosis that forced
her to stop practicing medicine
just two years later.
As medical students in the
class of 1962, Dr.Thomson and
Dr. Tobler quickly formed "a
good togetherness," instigating
a range of MD class firsts,
including designing a student
crest, decorating and furnishing
the first MD student lounge and
starting a memorial fund for
their classmate Richard Owen,
who died in a plane crash in the
summer of 1960.
"Looking back, med school
was the most interesting,
educational and enjoyable
years we had in our lives," Dr.
Tobler says. "Every time we got
together we talked about the
people in our class and how
much fun everything had been."
The B.C. Medical Association
and the B.C. Medical
Foundation have created the
first endowed student award
for the Southern Medical
Program (SMP) at UBC's
Okanagan campus.
The Dr. Gary Randhawa
Memorial Scholarship in
Medicine was established in
honour of Gurmeet Singh "Gary"
Randhawa, a past member of
the BCMA Board of Directors
and president of the Kelowna
Medical Society. Dr. Randhawa,
who died of cancer in January
2008, was a pathologist in
Kelowna and recognized by
colleagues as a leader in the
medical community, always
advocating for patient care.
"The establishment of this first
scholarship will contribute
to our goals of ensuring that
highly-qualified candidates
will continue to have access
to medical education, and
consequently contribute to
the advancement of quality
care within our communities
— local and global," says
Allan Jones, Regional
Associate Dean, Interior.
The first class of SMP students
will be admitted in May.The
program will offer 32 seats
to incoming students, who
will complete their first four
months of training in Vancouver
before moving to their new
home in the Interior.
Preference for the $1,000
annual award will be given
to those with a record of
community service in
health care.
"The B.C. Medical Foundation
is honoured to establish
this scholarship as a tribute
to Dr. Randhawa's life-long
work and vision in furthering
health education and
health promotion in local
communities," says Brian
Brodie, President of the B.C.
Medical Association. "His
energy, enthusiasm and
commitment to multicultural
health and wellness were
widely recognized, particularly
through the establishment
of health fairs in many
communities with the help
of local physician volunteers,
other healthcare professionals
and community leaders.
"Supporting a medical student
at UBC Okanagan, in the
community where Gary lived
and worked, is an appropriate
1     Vancouver-raised Cathie Garnis had
given up on her dream of working at a
Canadian university.
Her genetics research was impressive —
she was completing post-doctorate training
with Nobel laureate Phil Sharp at MIT— but
given the small number of positions at Canadian universities, the
prospect of finding the right job in her native land remained slim.
Then in 2008, with the help of the Pacific Otolaryngology
Foundation, she found herself returning home as an Assistant
Professor at UBC.
The Dr. Patrick Doyle and Dr. Quentin Jacks Professorship, in
the Division of Otolaryngology (disorders of the ear, nose and
throat, including head and neck disease), became available.The
position, created in 2003 and named for the two UBC professors
who created the Pacific Otolaryngology Foundation, was made
possible by a $1 million gift from the charitable organization and
other partners, including the Rotary Hearing Foundation, to pursue
ENT research. Each year, the endowment is enhanced by further
contributions from the 32-year-old foundation.
When the previous Doyle and Jacks Professor, Dietrich Schwarz,
retired, the board made a unanimous decision to pursue a
researcher in genetics.
"When we got Cathie's resume on our desks, saying this was
somebody who wants to come back to Vancouver who's doing
genetic research in the ENT area with a Nobel laureate at MIT,
that was a pretty good fit for us," says Bob Doyle, the foundation's
president and son of Dr. Doyle.
For the past two years, Dr. Garnis and her lab team have been
using DNA and RNAto find new ways to diagnose and treat head
and neck cancer. Dr. Garnis says that while it's not one of the "big
cancers" — and thus not as well-funded — it's debilitating.This
year, more than 4,300 Canadians will be diagnosed with it, and
approximately 1,600 of them will die.
The low survival rates are due to two reasons: head and neck
cancers are often diagnosed late, and there's a high rate of
recurrence.To change this, Dr. Garnis has been evaluating
dysplasias — the earliest stages of disease development— in
head and neck samples. A dysplasia can be a signal of cancer in an
early stage, and often cancers of the head and neck originate in the
sinus, nose or mouth. But dysplasias are common, and most don't
become cancerous.
"You don't want to be treating everybody who has a dysplasia,
so the key is really to identify those who are at high risk of
progression," Dr. Garnis says.
"If we can take what we've
learned in the lab to the clinic,
then we can save these people
from having to go through this
awful disease."
— Cathie Garnis
Recently, the Garnis lab did just that. "We found the genomic
signatures of progression," she says. "That means that we can
distinguish the progressive from the non-progressive. If we can
take what we've learned in the lab to the clinic, then we can save
these people from having to go through this awful disease."
Thanks to the foundation's endowed professorship, Dr. Garnis
is able to focus on seeing her research through. Bythe time she
retires, she believes survival rates for head and neck cancer will be
significantly higher than they are today.
"I think it is a totally treatable disease if caught early and with the
right therapy," she says. 24     UBC MEDICINE
01 | Robert Brunham, Marco
Marra and Julio Montaner
received the Order of British
Columbia, the highest honour
bestowed bythe province.
Dr. Brunham, a Professor in
the Department of Medicine,
is Head of the B.C. Centre for
Disease Control. His research
centres on the immunology
genomics and epidemiology of
sexually transmitted diseases
and the origins of emerging
nfectious diseases, and much
of his research has dealt
with developing a vaccine for
Dr. Marra, a Professor in
the Department of Medical
Genetics, is Director of the
Genome Sciences Centre
of the BC Cancer Agency
which has attained two
historic achievements during
his tenure: decoding the
genetic sequence of a lobular
metastatic cancer, and
sequencing the SARS virus in
2004. The Secretariat called
him "a world leader in the field
of genomics."
Dr. Montaner, a Professor in
the Department of Medicine,
Director of AIDS Research, and
Director of the BC Centre for
Excellence in HIV/AIDS, helped
pioneer the gold standard
treatment for HIV, called Highly
Active Antiretroviral Therapy
which has saved thousands
of lives in Canada and around
the world. He also has helped
establish and evaluate the
effectiveness of Vancouver's
supervised injection site.
02 | Clinical Assistant
Professor Gurdeep Parhar was
awarded the Family Practice
Teacher Award from the BC
College of Family Physicians.
Dr. Parhar, the Associate Dean,
Equity and Professionalism,
is Course Director for the
first- and second-year family
practice courses.
The BC College of Family
Physicians also gave
Exceptional Contribution to
Family Medicine Awards to:
Associate Professor Ian Scott,
Director of Undergraduate
Family Practice Programs and
former interim Head of the
Department of Family Practice;
Professor Jack Taunton,
co-founder and Director of
the Allan McGavin Sports
Medicine Centre; and Clinical
Assistant Professor Joanne
Young, who has been working
in the geriatrics program at
the Strathcona Mental Health
Team in Vancouver's Downtown
Eastside for over 1 6 years.
03 | Abraham de Klerk, Clinical
Assistant Professor in the
Department of Family Practice,
has been named a Member of
the Order of Canada.
Dr. de Klerk is Medical Director
of the department's Inuviksite
in the Northwest Territories
(two degrees north of the Arctic
Circle), as well as Medical
Director of the Beaufort-Delta
Health and Social Services
Authority. He has served as a
rural preceptor affiliated with
UBC, the University of Alberta
and McGill University.
Dr. de Klerk was recognized for
"his contributions to health
care as a physician, teacher
and administrator," and for
his continued advocacy for
the needs of rural and remote
populations in Canada's North.
04 | John Gill, an Associate
Professor in the Division of
Nephrology, won the Clinical
Science Investigator Award
from the American Society of
Transplantation.The award
is given to a researcher at
the associate professor level
who has made a "substantial
contribution" to transplantation
medicine and "shows signs
of a bright future ahead in
A Research Scientist at the
Centre for Health Evaluation
and Outcome Sciences,
Dr. Gill is President-elect
of the Canadian Society of
Nephrology and President
of the Canadian Organ
Replacement Register. His
focus is on clinical outcomes
in kidney transplant patients,
access to kidney transplants,
living donor transplantation
and cardiovascular risk in
transplant patients.
05 | Two Associate Professors
in the Department of
Occupational Science
and Occupational
Therapy — Bill Miller and
LynJongbloed — received
the Canadian Association of
OccupationalTherapy (CAOT)
Fellowship Awards for their
outstanding contributions and
service to the profession.
Dr. Jongbloed's research
focuses on understanding the
nterrelationships between
disability and the social,
economic and political
environment. Over the last 20
years her research has focused
on disability policies and their
mpact on the lives of people
with disabilities. TOP ROW L- R: Robert Brunham, Marco Marra, Julio Montaner, Gurdeep Parhar, Ian Scott, Jack Taunton, Abraham de Klerk
BOTTOM ROW L- R:John Gill, LynJongbloed, Videsh Kapoor, Amino Zoubeidi, Barry Kassen, Virginia Anthony, David F Hardwick
Dr. Miller's research focuses
on the interaction and
measurement of mobility
disability and participation in
daily life, for which he recently
received a $1.5 million grant
from the Canadian Institute for
Health Research to develop and
test a collaboratively-controlled,
powered wheelchair. (See
article, page 14.) He is the first
male to ever receive the award.
06 | Videsh Kapoor, a Clinical
Assistant Professor in Family
Practice, won the Velji Faculty
Award for Teaching Excellence
in Global Health atthe Global
Health Education Consortium
conference in Mexico.
Dr. Kapoor, Director of the
Division of Global Health,
has been instrumental in
establishing and maintaining
the success of the Global
Health Initiative, which has
grown to offer 50 students
every year a safe, ethical,
and meaningful international
health experience in Kenya,
Uganda, India and Honduras.
07 | Amino Zoubeidi, an
Assistant Professor in the
Department of Urologic
Sciences, won a Young
hvestigator Award from the
U.S.-based Prostate Cancer
Designed to encourage the
most innovative minds in
cancer research to focus their
careers on prostate cancer
the awards provide recipients
with three years of funding to
support specified research
programs.These awards are
matched bythe recipients'
Dr. Zoubeidi, a Research
Scientist at the Vancouver
Prostate Centre, has focused
on a molecule called Heat
Shock Protein 27 (Hsp27),
which has been implicated
as a promoter of tumour cell
movement, invasion and
metastasis in various cancers,
ncluding prostate cancer.
Hsp27 supports cell survival
during stress conditions, such
as cancer treatment.
08 | UBC Killam Teaching
■ Martha Donnelly (Family
Practice and Psychiatry)
■ Jan Friedman (Medical
■ Kenneth Gin (Medicine)
■ Patricia Janssen (School of
Population and Public Health)
Awards for Initiatives in
Promoting Healthy Faculty,
Staff and Learners
■ Linda Kompauer and
Department of Medicine
Health & Wellness Group
■ Michael Lee (Occupational
Science and Occupational
Therapy) and Mental Health
Awareness Group
■ Barbara Fitzgerald and UBC
Wellness Initiative Network
Awards for Excellence in
Mentoring Early Career Faculty
Recognizing formally identified
mentors who exemplify a deep
commitment to fostering the
professional and personal
development of faculty
members in the early stages of
their careers.
■ Ross MacGillivray
■ Janice Eng(PhysicalTherapy)
■ Timothy O'Connor (Cellular
and Physiological Sciences)
Continuing Medical Education/
Continuing Professional
Development Awards
■ Sue Stanton (Occupational
Science and Occupational
Therapy) — Innovation in
■ William Schreiber
(Pathology & Laboratory
Medicine) — Distinguished
Service Award in CME/CPD
Clinical Faculty Award
for Career Excellence in
Clinical Teaching
■ Barry Kassen (Medicine)
Clinical Faculty Award for
Excellence in Teaching
■ Jeff Beckman (Medicine)
■ George Pawliuk (Psychiatry)
■ Graham Wong (Medicine)
Clinical Faculty Award for
Excellence in Community
Practice Teaching
■ Lachlan Macintosh
(Family Practice)
Applegarth Staff
Service Award
■ Virginia Anthony (School of
Population and Public Health)
■ Penny Woo (Pathology &
Laboratory Medicine)
Bill & Marilyn Webber Lifetime
Achievement Award
■ David F. Hardwick (Pathology
& Laboratory Medicine) Ankle Injury
B12 Deficiencies
Bon* Oenslly Measurement
Cardiovascular Disease
L- R; Kendall Ho; BC Guidelines on the iPhone.  photo by martin dee
Among the 200,000 iPhone apps that include Hello Cow (emits
a variety of mooingsounds), HangTime (calculates the precise
amount of time the device spends falling to the ground), or
Haircaster (predicts what kind of hair day it will be), the UBC
Faculty of Medicine has added one more — with a somewhat less
catchy name, but a decidedly more useful purpose.
"BC Guidelines" enables health professionals to get information
about diagnoses and treatments without ever having to leave the
examining room. Exploiting the iPhone's seductive interface, its list
of ailments can be easily scrolled and its images enlarged with a
swipe of the fingers. (The program is available at the iTunes store,
at http://itunes.apple.com/)
The guidelines, developed bythe British Columbia Medical
Association (BCMA) and the Ministry of Health Services, give health
professionals advice about 30 different conditions, including ankle
injury, cataracts, mammography, methadone maintenance and
rheumatoid arthritis.
"We're providing the latest evidence, vetted by medical experts in
B.C., on demand," says Kendall Ho, Director of the eHealth Strategy
Office in the Faculty of Medicine, and an Associate Professor of
Emergency Medicine. "Wouldn't you want a health professional who
wants to check out the latest evidence when treating you?"
Among the nuggets of information available from BC Guidelines:
medication dosages for asthma patients; the recommended
body mass index and waist size for a patient diagnosed with
hypertension; how to interpret test results when screening a
patient for kidney disease.
The software grew out of a project, funded bythe Ministry of Health
Services, aimed at helping physicians keep track of their diabetes
patients' conditions using the Palm, the original mobile computer.
Physicians weren't so taken with the monitoring part — entering
patients' weight and glucose levels and viewing the resulting
graphs on a tiny screen wasn't a big hit, especially when they had
to track down the information from a nurse. But they really liked
having treatment guidelines so readily available.
The eHealth Strategy Office, created under Dr. Ho last year, obtained
additional funding from the ministry and the BCMA to adapt all of
BC's Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Palm and Windows Mobile
devices. In late 2009, it launched a BlackBerry version.
But the iPhone version, which took eight months to develop, gave
the project a turbo boost of popularity. One thousand copies of the
program were downloaded within the first two weeks of its release
last month.
"I use it to make sure I'm following the proper management
protocols — that I've checked what I need to check, that I've
ordered the right blood work, things like that," said Sara Mitchell-
Banks, a chronic disease nurse in Powell River who is studying to
become a nurse practitioner. "I'm sure most clinicians have not
memorized most things that need to be known."
BC Guidelines is intended for the province's health professionals,
so the eHealth Strategy Off ice provides technical support only to
people in that category. But anyone, anywhere can download the
software and use it as a handy reference tool.
"It's quite unique that the province and the BCMA chose to do this,
and continues to support it," says Noreen Kamal, the Assistant
Director, Technology & Innovation, for the eHealth Strategy Office.
"It shows that, working together, British Columbia is a leader in
using technology to disseminate medical knowledge."  MEDICAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
BOARD 2010-2011
Marshall Dahl, MD'86
JackBurak, MD'76
Jim Lane, MD'73
Harvey Lui, MD'86
Island Medical Representative
lanCourtice, MD'84
Northern Medical Representative
Don MacRitchie, MD'70
Southern Medical Representatives
TomKinahan, MD'84
Newsletter Editor
Beverley Tamboline, MD'60
Admissions Selection Committee
Jim Cupples, MD'81
Admissions Policy Committee
David W.Jones, MD'70
Bob Cheyne, MD'77
Bruce Fleming, MD'78
Ron Warneboldt, MD'75
Nick Carr, MD'83
Ex-Officio Members
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Gavin Stuart (Hon.]
Alumni Affairs Office
Anne Campbell
Kira Peterson
Faculty Representative
Barbara Fitzgerald, MD'85
MUS Representative
Diane Wu.MD'12
Arun Garg, MD'77
David Hardwick, MD'57
Charles Slonecker. DDS, PhD
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.
The Medical Alumni News is published
semi-annually and this edition was
produced bythe UBC Faculty of
Medicine. We welcome your suggestions,
ideas and opinions. Please send
comments, articles and letters to:
Beverley Tamboline, MD'60
Alumni Affairs Faculty of Medicine
2750 Heather Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z4M2
Ph:   604875 4111 ext. 67741
Fax: 604875 5778
"Your Town" 2010
Your town is sixty years old.
What's this about? The total
number of MD graduates
from the UBC Medical School
is now approximately 5,500.
That's the size of a small town.
The day that you and UBC
chose one another for Medical
School is the day that you
became a life-long member
of this medical community.
Our town was founded in
September of 1950.
Like other small towns, almost
everyone knows everyone else.
You may have daily contact
with alumni in your past or
present medical practice. You
have close ties with some of our
colleagues, recognize others by
name only, and can often find a
fellow graduate in communities
around the world.
We have had a number of
fine "mayors" in our Deans
of Medicine and a number
of distinguished and famous
citizens. Some are noted for
their medical achievements,
some for teaching, and others
for philanthropy. One graduate,
"Dr. Peter" Jepson-Young (MD
'85) was fondly remembered
in September on the occasion
of the twentieth anniversary of
his CBC diaries and the 25th
anniversary of his graduation
from UBC Medicine.
Our graduates have formal
and informal get-togethers
and reunions. Whether or
not you attend, you still
share a bond with your fellow
alumni through your practice
of medicine and your past
experiences at UBC.
The Medical School opened
60 years ago and the UBC
Medical Alumni Association
(MAA) will mark this
anniversary with many
celebrations over the next
twelve months. The calendar
of events is available at
Do you want to be a part of
strengthening our community?
Your Medical Alumni
Association raises funds to help
support medical students by
furnishing facilities in medical
sites across the province and
supporting activities such as
the rural medical program
and the Hooding Ceremony.
The MAA still continues
the tradition of giving cedar
shingles to each graduating
student. You can help by
joining the UBC Medical
Alumni Association (www.
because the $65 fee is used for
these purposes. You can also
help by taking part in fun(d)-
raising activities like the
annual golf tournament
(June 23, 2011).
I hope that you can join our
town's anniversary celebrations
this year in person or in spirit.
If you do, then welcome home!
Marshall Dahl, MD '86
UBC Medical Alumni Association L- R: Morris VanAndel; Gord McFadden, Morris VanAndel, Marshall Dahl photos by kyle harlanc
I have known Morris for 40
years, shared a practice with
him and continued to work
with him after he left practice
and joined the College of
Physicians and Surgeons of
British Columbia (CPSBC).
In preparation for this
presentation, I reviewed some of
the testimonials given to Wallace
Wilson. The recurring themes
of his personality were his
humanity, wisdom, and sense of
responsibility to his community
and the medical profession.
Morris was born in Arnhem,
Netherlands in 1943. His
family immigrated to Canada
in 1954 and settled in New
Westminster. As with many
immigrants at that time,
they came from significant
hardship and needed to make
considerable adjustments. These
challenges can shape one's life
and encourage thrift, hard work
and a sense of community. In
addition, Morris' father was a
Dutch reform minister and it
is apparent that this influence
would shape his character
and behaviour.
Morris took his undergraduate
studies and MD degree at UBC
and graduated in 1968. He
completed his internship at the
Royal Columbian Hospital.
He was in family practice
until 1992 when he joined the
CPSBC as a Deputy Registrar.
Morris' accomplishments are on
a large and small stage. He was
a hard-working and respected
family physician. He provided
service to the public, the local
hospital and his colleagues.
He accepted positions
without consideration of
honours, money, or notoriety.
He accepted these positions as
a matter of responsibility and
duty to the profession
and community.
Morris' CV documents
his continued service and
advancement to increasing
important positions of
Some of the more notable parts
of his CV include:
■ Chairman of the credential
committee RCH
■ President of the Medical Staff
■ Chairman of the Medical
Advisory Committee
■ Chief of the Department of
Family Medicine
■ Acting Medical Director of
the Fraser Burrard Hospital
■ Founding member of the
committee on Office Medical
Practice Assessment
■ Member of the Small Hospital
Clinical Appraisal Program
■ Deputy Registrar of the
College of Physicians and
Surgeons, then Senior
Registrar and finally Registrar
■ Member of the Executive
Committee of the Federation
of Medical Regulatory
Authorities of Canada
■ Member of the Medical
Council of Canada and the
President of the Medical
Council of Canada
■ College representative to
the Audit and Inspection
Committee of the Medical
Service Plan
The time and effort involved
to accomplish his CV is
Despite retiring from the
College, he continues to
support the College on a part-
time basis providing advice
and service.
The Wallace Wilson Leadership
Award is intended for
physicians from UBC who
have demonstrated outstanding
service and leadership. Morris
has demonstrated these
The award also honours
physicians who have
demonstrated high ethical
standards. Morris' integrity,
honesty, fairness and
dedication to the welfare of the
public and the profession have
been clearly demonstrated.
In addition, Morris is well
respected by those who have
had contact with him on a
professional and personal
level. He is an honourable and
decent man.
Congratulations to a very
deserving physician —
Dr. Morris VanAndel.
Presented by Gord McFadden,
MD'69 D. Stogryn, R. Warneboldt, M. Dahl photo by kyle harlanc
Honorary Alumnus—
Dr. Dale Stogryn
This award is presented
to a committed clinician,
an excellent teacher, a
revered mentor, or a skilled
administrator. Dr. Stogryn
has won this award for all of
these categories.
As a clinician he is very
respected in British Columbia.
He was drawn to clinical
medicine while studying for
his Masters of Pharmaceutical
Chemistry at the University
of Alberta, having enjoyed the
shared medical courses and
patient contact. While doing
his clerkship in Spirit River,
Alberta, at which time he was
planning on specializing, he
worked with a family physician
mentor, Dr. Art Laventure, who
changed his career path. Dale
has been committed to family
practice since that time. He has
now been a practicing family
physician in Coquitlam for 34
years, loving the challenges,
diversity and opportunities that
family practice provides. He was
awarded his Fellowship in the
College of Family Physicians of
Canada in 2004.
Dale loves teaching and has
taught from day 1 of practice.
He describes this as his first
love among all work that he
does. In his early years of
practice he joined the Medical
Education Committee at Royal
Columbian Hospital. His skill
and commitment led to his
appointment as the Medical
Education Director at Royal
Columbian Hospital in his
ninth year of practice, a position
he has held continuously since
1985, although the position
morphed in 2002 to encompass
the Directorship of Medical
Education for the entire Fraser
Health region.
Dale has been a mentor to
almost a thousand residents
who have passed through the
Royal Columbian's top rated
residency program and also
to over a hundred residents
and medical students who
have attended his office. He
is a frequently requested
preceptor by students from all
across Canada.
He was awarded a full Clinical
Professorship at UBC in 2005,
was voted as the Mentor of
the Year by the residents at the
Royal Columbian Hospital
in 2008, and last year was
awarded the Exceptional
Leadership Award by the
residents at that hospital.
His administrative
accomplishments are not just
limited to Medical Education
at Fraser Health. He has
served on many university
committees such as the Post
Graduate Planning Task
Force and the Dean's Review
Committee, and has served on
at least five different BCMA
committees, most recently as
the chairman of the Pharmacy
and Therapeutics Committee.
He has been a peer assessor
and hospital appraiser for the
BC College of Physicians and
Surgeons and a national team
member for the Federation of
Medical Licensing Authorities
of Canada. He is most proud
of the development of the
academic training space at the
Royal Columbian Hospital,
the hospital's partnership with
UBC, and the perception of the
Royal Columbian Hospital as
an excellent training centre.
Dale is also very proud
of his three children. His
older daughter, Krista, is a
rural Family Physician in
Ahousat and Tofino; his son,
Ross, is entering a Masters
of Counseling Psychology
at UBC; and his younger
daughter, Shannon, is in her
third year of medical school in
Sydney, Australia.
It gives me great pleasure to
present Dr. Dale Stogryn,
a committed clinician, an
excellent teacher, a revered
mentor, and a skilled
administrator, as an Honorary
Medical Alumnus of UBC.
Presented by Ron Warneboldt,
Honorary Alumnus—
Dr. Bill Nelems
Bill Nelems is well known
as a larger than life fellow
who qualifies for Honorary
Alumnus under all of the
previously mentioned spheres
of accomplishment—clinician,
teacher, mentor, and
Bill was born in South Africa
and did his basic medical
training there. He trained
in London and Toronto,
finally doing his thoracic
surgery training in Canada.
He is well known around the
world for pioneering work in
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
and did basic science research
including cadaver research
describing the path of
physiology of that entity.
Bill is so full of energy I don't
know whether he is a wave or a >
L-R:B. Nelems; D. Ostrow and M. Dahl photo by kyle harlanc
particle. He is an amazing man
who has accomplished so much
and we are extremely fortunate
to have him in the Okanagan.
He spent years here clinically
in the 1970s before coming
to UBC and teaching in the
thoracic surgery program for
many years. He then changed
his career and did a Master's
degree in Psychology and came
to Kelowna to open the Cancer
Centre for the southern Interior,
which was a pioneer position
for a surgeon in BC. He then
went into clinical practice here
and carried on as the Head of
thoracic surgery and has been
instrumental in bringing the
UBC medical school to the
Okanagan and continues on in
that role through UBC-O.
Bill's latest iteration, his
latest redevelopment of
himself now, is as the leader
of a group called OkaZHI,
which is the Okanagan
Zambia Health Initiative,
which Bill has spearheaded
in an effort to bring modern
medical teaching and
services to the country of
Zambia through which he
has multiple connections.
Bill has done this through
convening a wonder group in
the Okanagan — beginning
a volunteer organization for
medical services, medical
teaching, nursing services
and all sorts of aspects of
health care.
To highlight this, Bill was
involved in a long distance
bicycle tour in Africa, Tour
d'Afrique which was a total
of approximately 4,500km.
He has since returned
home successful, happy and
healthy. Bill has brought the
whole health initiative to the
forefront through his efforts
and it is an absolutely fantastic
achievement. I'm very happy to
present Bill as an
Honorary Alumnus.
Presented by Tom Kinahan,
Honorary Alumnus —
Dr. David Ostrow
It is an honour and a pleasure
to introduce one of this year's
Honorary Alumni, Dr. David
Ostrow, to the UBC Medical
Alumni Association. Dr. Ostrow
is a respirologist and a Professor
in the Department of Medicine.
He received his MD from
the University of Manitoba
in 1968, which was followed
by postgraduate training in
Montreal, Winnipeg, and
Michigan. He has been a
faculty member at UBC since
1979, which means that he has
provided over three decades of
service in BC. He became a full
professor in 1994.
I remember David as one
of my teachers when I was
a medical student from the
Class of'86. He was always
very clear in his respirology
teaching sessions, and I could
tell that he was sincerely
interested in helping us
learn. Years later when I
became a faculty member I
had the opportunity to work
alongside him in teaching
Problem Based Learning to
the second year students. I am
now the course director for
the Integument Block, and
David has been one of our
tutors for this block which
involves an introductory
course to dermatology. I was
very impressed that even
though he was teaching in
an area outside his usual
expertise, he still took great
pains to make sure that his
tutorial group became fully
proficient with the content
of the block. Moreover he
was very forthcoming with
advice and feedback about
how we could improve our
block. I am sure that my own
positive, personal experiences
with David in medical school
can be mirrored by countless
other students and colleagues,
and that these contributions
are typical of his involvement
with our medical school.
In terms of his medical
expertise, Dr. Ostrow was
the founder of the lung
transplantation program in BC
and has also been involved with
pulmonary infections in the
immunocompromised host.
As you know, we are fortunate
that David has gone on to
have a major role in health
care administration, serving in
a multitude of roles at VGH
and the Regional Health
Authority. This has culminated
in his current role as the
Chief Executive Officer for
the Vancouver Coastal Health
Authority, undoubtedly one of
the most challenging jobs in
the country.
David's involvement with
UBC Faculty of Medicine and
his commitment to health
care, sustained over 30 years,
clearly merits distinction
for the Honorary Medical
Alumnus award.
Prepared by Harvey Lui, MD '86
and presented by Marshall Dahl,
MD'86 1
L- R: D. Money, H. Oetter, M. Dahl photo by kyle harlan d; Peter Jepson-Young with classmates Stacy Elliott, Deborah Money and Richard Bebb
Heidi Oetter
I am pleased to announce
Heidi Oetter as the joint
recipient of the UBC Class
of 1985 Silver Anniversary
Medical Alumnus Award.
I have known Heidi since
1978. She was and remains
one of the most energetic and
logical, clear thinking people
yet has still managed to retain a
gentle, humanitarian attitude.
We all have benefitted from her
dedication, commitment and
Heidi has a vast store of
medical knowledge and wealth
of experience in general practice
and administration. She has
managed to steer the medical
profession through government
legislation, health policy
changes, and self-governance
issues during her tenure as
Secretary-Treasurer, and then
as President of the BCMA, BC
Rep in the CMPA Council,
Deputy, and then Registrar of
the BC College of Physicians
and Surgeons.
As a staff member at Royal
Columbian Hospital, Heidi
worked with a number of GP
colleagues and Dr. Isomura to
create a shared care program
for inpatient and outpatient
psychiatric services.
She helped ensure
compensation for on-call
services for physicians and a
mechanism for arbitration
with the government. And
she has fought to preserve the
profession's autonomy and self-
regulation, while maintaining
a consistently high standard of
medical care for patients.
In 2006, Heidi was awarded
the Dr. David Bachop Gold
Medal for Distinguished
Medical Service.
For her untiring efforts, she
has our profound gratitude
and respect. Please join me
in thanking Heidi for all the
time and effort she has spent
for the benefit of the medical
profession and patients of BC.
Submitted by Martin Gerretsen,
Peter Jepson-Young
Our class of '85 got the chance
to know Peter before he
became Dr. Peter. We knew
him as a handsome, athletic,
outgoing classmate who was
our friend.
What we didn't know was
that Peter's medical career
was going to be cut much too
short. He was diagnosed with
AIDS in 1986. Peter's family
was extraordinary and showed
courage and bravery. I was so
impressed at their ability to step
up and to be there for him.
The public "Dr. Peter" was
born when David Paperny a
CBC producer, approached
Peter with the idea to do a
diary to put him out there in
the public and tell his story.
The Diaries were small snippets
in the news once a week. In the
first installment Peter stood in
front of the camera and said,
"I'm a physician, I'm a gay
man, and I have AIDS." Little
by little he revealed the honest
truth about AIDS and his
Now, the term "knowledge
translation" is used all the time
in med school but knowledge
translation wasn't even a
phrase we used in the 80s and
90s. Peter took knowledge
translation a quantum leap
forward and he truly taught
about medicine and humanity
and that legacy lives on.
He also left us another legacy.
As he was aware of his own
imminent death he said, "I
want to have a place that will
provide comfort care for people
with AIDS because I have this
amazing family and the means
to plan my comfortable death
in my own home and other
people don't have that." That
was the beginning of the Dr.
Peter Centre, and it began as
a palliative care facility, which
has evolved into a much more
comprehensive day centre.
We were fortunate to have
known Peter as PJY, as a
classmate, and as a friend,
before he became Dr. Peter and
before this amazing legacy.
Presented by Deborah Money,
MD'85 L- R: D. McCarthy, B. Turchen, B. Cheyne, B. Fritz; E. Philips, H. Oetter, G. Wilson, J. Burak; D. Blackman, PChan-Yan, L.Sent, M. VanAndel photos by kyleharlanc
UBC Medical Alumni &
Friends Golf Tournament
This year's Medical Alumni &
Friends Golf Tournament held
on June 24, was a huge success!
Returning to the tournament's
roots at the University Golf
Course, we had double the
number of participants over last
year come out to play. Sixty-
eight alumni, colleagues, and
medical students came out to
enjoy the day.
Although rain was predicted, for
us, it was a sunny, beautiful day
and we were out on the course
enjoying the company, the game
and the sun.
The afternoon was spent
connecting with friends,
colleagues, former classmates,
and teachers. Between laughing
and conversations, we even
managed to find time to get in
some great shots on the course.
Continuing tradition, Brad Fritz,
MD '75 was the golfer with the
lowest net score. And to top it
off, we raised over $15,000 for
the Medical Alumni Association
to support student programs!
After the round of golf, we
enjoyed a fabulous dinner
together in the clubhouse before
the prizes were awarded.
Special thanks to Ron
Warneboldt, Bob Cheyne, David
Jones (Alumni), Anne Campbell
(Faculty Alumni Relations) and
Patty Scrase (Scotiabank) for
organizing this year's tournament.
Next year's tournament will
be even more fun as we celebrate
the Faculty of Medicine's Diamond
Anniversary, and we hope to have
even more of our alumni come
out. Please mark your calendars
for Thursday, June 23, 2011 at
University Golf Club!
We would like to extend a heartfelt
thank you to our sponsors for
continuing to support our current
and future medical community.
Title Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
CBI Health Group
Clinical Sleep Solutions
Physician Health Program of BC
Silver Sponsors
Haslett Financial
Med Ray
MD Management
AIM Medical Imaging
Meyers Norris Penny
Bronze Sponsors
BC Biomedical
Sport Med/Paris Orthotics
CEI Architecture
EFG Wealth Management
Wolrige Mahon
Schmunk Gatt Smith
Morrey Infinit
False Creek Surgical Centre
London Drugs
Class of 1985 Sept 9 -12, 2010
Organizer: Consuelo Kinahan
Class of 2000 Sept 11,2010
OrganizenTalsim Hameer
Class of 1970 Oct 1-3, 2010
Organizer: John Campbell
Class of 1960 Oct 15 -17, 2010
Organizer: Lynn Ledgerwood
Class of 1956 May 18 -19,2011
Organizers: Lee & Thais Kornder
For more information on class
reunions, please contact the UBC
Medical Alumni Affairs Office at
or 604-875-4111 ext. 62031
Celebrating the Life and Legacy
of Dr. Peter.The Broadcast
Tapes of Dr. Peter: Screening
and Talkback
Sept9,2010 6:30-09:30 PM
Please note this event has
sold out.
3rd Annual Okanagan Alumni
Endowment Fund Gala
Sept 29,2010 6:30-09:30 PM
University Centre Ballroom,
UBC's Okanagan Campus
We would like to recognize
Richard Hooper, MD'68, who
will receive the Okanagan
Community Builder Award.
Congratulations Dr. Hooper!
Celebrating Achievement:
The UBC Blue and Gold Review
Save the Date! Nov 29, 2010
More information can be found
on the Alumni Affairs website
(www.alumni.ubc.ca) soon.
We would like to recognize
JackTaunton, MD'76, who will
receive the Outstanding Faculty
Community Service Award.
Congratulations Dr.Taunton!
UBC Dialogues - London, UK
Oct 1,2010
Theme: Coalition Governments
UBC Dialogues - Toronto, ON
Oct 5, 2010
Theme: Advocacy and Activism
UBC Dialogues-North
Vancouver, BC
Oct 13, 2010
Theme:Aboriginal Land
UBC Dialogues - Calgary, AB
Oct 19, 2010
Theme: Clean Energy
UBC Dialogues - Vancouver, BC
Oct 26, 2010
Theme: Eco-density
UBC Dialogues - Coquitlam, BC
Nov 16, 2010
Theme: Mental Health
UBC Dialogues - Ottawa, ON
Nov 18, 2010
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L- R; UBC Faculty of Medicine building 1950; UBC Life Sciences Centre c. 2009
Morton Dodek, MD '54
Sixty years ago, Morton
Dodek, MD '54 walked
nervously into his first class
as a medical student at UBC
not knowing exactly what
to expect over the next four
years. From the temporary
white huts, which were the
medical classrooms in the
1950s, Dr. Dodek learned the
pressures of being a medical
student, but also recognized
that it was a honour to be
a part of this program with
an outstanding faculty,
which included Dr. Sydney
Friedman, Dr. Harold Copp,
Dr. William Boyd, and many
other notable professors. What
stood out for Dr. Dodek was
that this small class of 60
students, consisting of three
women and 57 men, was
that they would be the first
graduating class from the
Faculty of Medicine at UBC
and the first medical alumni.
Four years of medical school
passed and Dr. Dodek and his
classmates built camaraderie
which keeps them bonded
today as they go on to
celebrate their reunions. Over
half of the graduating class
went into Family Practice and
even includes an Olympic
athlete, a Surgeon General,
Dean of Medicine, and an
Order of Canada member.
UBC Faculty of Medicine's
Diamond Anniversary
is a special milestone for
them — 60 years, 60 students,
60 doctors.
Now, as medical technology
and teaching advances and
class sizes and faculty grow,
Dr. Dodek is pleased to see
that one thing has remained
the same; understanding
the value of being part of
your alumni. As a 56-year
alumnus, Dr. Dodek still
feels that special connection
toward UBC and continues
his commitment to support
the university and its students.
Dr. Dodek is very proud and
honoured to be a part of the
medical alumni, which include
his brother, Arthur Dodek,
MD '67, his daughter, Gail
Dodek Wenner, MD '81, and
will soon include his grandson,
Joshua Wenner, MD '12.
Jaspreet Khangura, MD '10
This past spring, Jaspreet
Khangura, MD TO proudly
walked across the stage at
UBC's hooding ceremony and
received her wooden shingle
that showcased her name and
the letters "MD." She was
now part of the exceptional
alumni who had come before
her in the previous 60 years.
Dr. Khangura recognizes
that it is a privilege to be
part of alumni who are
well recognized, and notes
that being a part of this
community is a milestone
in her career. This year,
Dr. Khangura was awarded
with the prestigious Rhodes
Scholarship and is now
attending Oxford University
to complete her DPhil in
Primary Health Care. Upon
graduation, she plans to carry
out her residency and pursue
a PhD.
Throughout her student years,
Dr. Khangura held a strong
interest in social justice and
committed herself to local
and global volunteerism and
advocacy projects. She juggled
numerous initiatives while
being a full-time medical
student and is very grateful for
the support that she received
from the UBC medical
As an alumna, Dr. Khangura
knows that it will be
important to be an active
participant in a community
which gave her many
opportunities. She looks
forward to creating a path
which will allow her to
benefit others, always include
learning, and continue a
lifelong relationship with the
UBC Medicine community. J. Taunton and D. Mackesy
As Chief Medical Officer
(CMO) during the 2010
Winter Olympics, Jack
Taunton, MD '76, spent four
and a half years creating
the medical juggernaut that
ensured VANOC was prepared
to handle any medical incident
leading up to and throughout
the games.
From the opening of the media
centre on January 12 to the
closing of the Paralympics
village on March 24, Taunton
and his team provided medical
coverage to every Olympic
site between Vancouver and
Whistler. Their prospective
patients included 5,500
Olympic athletes and team
officials, 1,350 Paralympic
athletes and team officials,
25,000 volunteers, 10,000
media personnel and up to 1.6
million potential spectators at
the events.
Most of the medical care
during the games was located
in two 10,000-square-foot
polyclinics in the Vancouver
and Whistler Olympic
villages. These clinics included
primary care services, sports
medicine, emergency medicine
and trauma care, surgical
consultations, imaging, lab
services, pharmacy, dentistry,
vision services, ear nose and
throat services and public
health services.
The integrated medical team
approach allowed patients to
have access to physiotherapy,
massage therapy, chiropractic
and sports acupuncture,
podiatry, orthotics, bracing
and prostheses, wheelchair
repair and other services such as
interpretation services, doping
control and a regeneration and
recovery centre all within the
same facility.
Thanks to the integrated and
extensive medical support
available at these polyclinics,
hospitalizations declined
exponentially. Of nearly 9,200
Olympic and 2,910 Paralympic
medical encounters, only 14
were hospitalized during the
Olympic Games and seven
during the Paralympics—a
huge decline compared to the
Torino Games, where 1,198
were hospitalized.
The Mobile Medical Unit in
Whistler was another innovative
form of medical care during
the games that helped save lives
and reduce hospitalizations.
The unit was a fixed part of the
polyclinic and provided life,
limb and organ salvage for up
to four days. After the games
were complete, the unit was sold
to the province to be used in
different communities.
A team of 700 carried out
the anti-doping program that
Taunton supervised. The state
of the art anti-doping facilities,
located in the Richmond Ice
Oval, also allowed officials
to conduct tests in greater
numbers. In Vancouver,
2,400 anti-doping tests were
done—over a thousand more
than recent Olympic Games.
The goal of Taunton and the
entire VANOC medical team
was to leave a lasting legacy to
sports medicine and the citizens
of British Columbia. Some of
the medical legacies include the
number of staff now available
with hands-on medical training
in every sport; 225 defibrillators
from Medtronics distributed
across Canada; 10,000 CPR
Anytime training kits plus
Rescue Breathers from the Heart
& Stroke Foundation; and over
$120,000 medical, pharmacy,
dental and bracing supplies sent
to Haiti. A CT Scan, a Mini
c-arm, five portable ultrasound
devices, and three brand new
hand held ultra sounds were also
donated to sites in Vancouver,
Squamish and Whistler after the
games, courtesy of GE.
Taunton is most thankful for
how the medical community
and UBC Faculty of Medicine
rallied behind him with
resources, funding, donations
(including $7.2 million
dollars worth of supplies and
equipment) and medical
expertise during his Olympic
tenure. Of the 1,560 Olympic
and 871 Paralympic medical
staff, Taunton estimates
that approximately 1,000
were volunteers, while other
volunteers received honorariums
for their services.
Many of Taunton's volunteers
came directly from the Faculty
of Medicine, including medical
and Human Kinetics students
who participated as First
responders, and Dean Gavin
Stuart, who volunteered as a
venue medical officer.
"The IOC and IPC said that
this was the best ever medical
and anti-doping services at any
summer or winter Olympics,"
Taunton says. "That was because
of the team of people and
companies that worked with me
and supported me. "
This fall, Jack Taunton will
receive a UBC Alumni
Achievement Award for
Outstanding Faculty
Community Service Award.
For more information visit the
website at http://www.alumni.
Written by Laura Laverdure L- R: L. Warren; I. Gillespie; A. Garg; K. Gin
Several alumni were honoured
at the BCMA Annual Awards
Ceremonies on June 12, 2010.
Linda Warren, MD '68 was one
of the recipients of the BCMA
Silver Medal of Service, the
Association's highest honour.
Joyce Wonmi Choi, MD '07
was the recipient of the Dr.
David M. Bachop Silver Medal
in General Medical Practice.
CMA Honorary Membership
was conferred on David
Harder, MD '59, Ray Karjala,
MD '56, Garson (Gary)
Romalis, MD '62, and Jean
Swenerton, MD '69.
Ian Gillespie, MD '71 was
installed as BCMA President
for 2010-2011.
Arun Garg, MD '77 received
an Honorary Doctor of
Technology degree from
BCIT—BCIT's highest award.
Wesbrook Scholars
Twenty- three UBC Students
received the designation of
Wesbrook Scholar for 2009-
2010. This recognizes top
undergraduate students, based
on academic performance and
demonstrated ability to serve,
work with and lead others,
on and/off campus. Four of
these students were from the
Faculty of Medicine: Alison
Lee and Namrata Jhamb, both
Med I, and Bippan Sangha,
who was also the recipient
of the John H. Mitchell
Memorial Scholarship, and
Jennifer Smitten, both Med
IV Bippan is now doing a
residency at UBC in Diagnostic
Radiology and Jennifer a
residency at UBC in Pediatrics.
Congratulations to all.
2010 UBC Faculty of
Medicine Awards
Kenneth Gin, MD '85 was
a recipient of a UBC Killam
Teaching Prize.
Barbara Fitzgerald, MD
'85 received the Award for
Initiatives in Promoting
Healthy Faculty, Staff and
George Pawliuk, MD '95 and
Graham Wong, MD '95 each
were recipients of the Clinical
Faculty Award for Excellence in
David Hardwick, MD '57
received the Bill & Marilyn
Webber Lifetime Achievement
Award which recognizes
extraordinary members of the
Faculty of Medicine who have
sustained distinguished careers
at UBC.
MSAC is having a 20th Birthday Weepers
on Friday, March 18,2011. Plan to come to
MSAC and enjoy a Friday night tradition with
classmates, students, and alumni.
The Great Weep
Chris Cunningham, MD '93
recently visited MSAC to
view the facility which had
grown substantially since
his graduation. He noticed
that the plaque—The Big
Weep—which listed him
and Rob Waite, MD '92, as
award recipients was no longer
displayed. This was awarded
in honour of their "flawless"
Friday Night Weepers
attendance over four years of
medical school. Before MSAC
was built, Weepers had been
held in the nurses' residence
and the basement of the Health
Pavillion. "I hope they still hold
such high regard for Friday
Weepers as we did! As they say,
a good history is the key, but
Weepers is paramount!"
If you long for another
Weepers, here's your chance!
MSAC is having a 20th
Birthday Weepers on Friday,
March 18, 2011. Plan to come
to MSAC and enjoy a Friday
night tradition with classmates,
students, and alumni. L- R: D.F Hardwick, D. Wu, M. Berg; G. Stuart, M. Dahl, R. Chen, D.F Hardwick, C. Stringer, M. Lam
The MUS installs a
statue at MSAC
The Medical Undergraduate
Society is comprised of elected
student representatives such as
Class Presidents, Distributed
Site Vice Presidents, an
IT Officer, and other
administrative positions.
However, there is one vital
elected representative that
connects the students with
the Faculty of Medicine: the
Faculty Advisor to the MUS.
In order for the Faculty
of Medicine community
to thrive, communication
among students, faculty,
administration, and alumni
must be strong and open. The
history of policy decisions and
past agreements must be clear,
so that the MUS Executive
can move expeditiously during
each year.
The Faculty Advisor to the
MUS attends MUS meetings,
and is the liaison and policy
advisor to the student
government. This role is an
elected two-year term. For
the last 20 elections, since
1972, the same person has
been elected and has served as
Faculty Advisor to the Medical
Undergraduate Society: Dr.
David Hardwick.
The MUS Executive of 2009-
10 decided to honour Dr.
Hardwicks commitment to
the MUS and UBC medical
students. Their idea of
creating a bronze statue was
ambitious and beyond the
MUS budget. However, the
UBC Medicine alumni and
academic community stepped
in, and the project received the
green light. Once again, Dr.
Hardwicks influence created a
cooperative and collaborative
effort among students, alumni,
administration and faculty.
At the Medical Ball 2010,
Mattias Berg, MUS President,
revealed the newly-minted
statue. Over the summer of
2010, it was given a home
in MSAC's Medical Alumni
Meeting Room. Members of the
community can visit MSAC to
view the statue which celebrates
the strong and supportive
relationship the Faculty of
Medicine enjoys among its
members and affiliates.
Diane Wu, MUS President
in 2010-11, states, "Over
the years, Dr. Hardwick has
been the cornerstone of the
medical student community,
and I'm thrilled that this
acknowledgement pays tribute
to his tremendous service."
Dr. Hardwick reaches out
to the Faculty of Medicine
community, creating a model
of collaboration with members
at all levels. His statue is
also interactive: his hand is
outstretched in friendship
and welcome.
Please take a moment to let us know where you are and what you're doing.
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Carola Behrens
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Kristy Lee
University of British
Bippanjyot Sangha
University of British
Gillian Shiau
University of Calgary
Peggy Yen
Dalhousie University
Emergency Medicine
Jesse Godwin
University of Toronto
Pearlly Ng
University of Toronto
Patrick Oxciano
University of British
Sarah Scott
University of Ottawa
Kathryn Toews
University of Manitoba
Family Medicine
Keith Martin
University of Alberta
Martha Koehn
University of British
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Barrie- Newmarket
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Wesley Clayden
University of Toronto
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University of Calgary
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University of Calgary
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University of Calgary
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University of Calgary
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University of British
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University of Alberta
Michael Graff
University of Calgary
Chelsea Greenwood
University of Alberta
Nancy Scheer
University of Alberta
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University of Alberta
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University of Alberta
Brian Yong
University of Alberta
Aaron Pelman
Grande Prairie
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Kenny Choi
Greater Toronto Area
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Idy Ko
Greater Toronto Area
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Meghan OMara
Greater Toronto Area
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Peter Orth
Greater Toronto Area
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Laura Ambrose
Greater Vancouver
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Anita Holtham
Greater Vancouver
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Farah Ramji
Greater Vancouver
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Waqar- Un-Nissa Ressl
Greater Vancouver
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Keri Ruthe
Greater Vancouver
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Jennifer Wall
Greater Vancouver
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Minsang Yoon
Greater Vancouver
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Rojyar Yousefi
Greater Vancouver
University of British
Jason Lew
Dalhousie University
Elise Roberts
Dalhousie University
Julia Pottinger
McMaster University
Susan Judith Anderson
Kingston-1000 Islands
Queen's University
James Grant
Kingston-1000 Islands
Queen's University
Mark Tessaro
Kingston-1000 Islands
Queen's University
Tristan Walker
University of Western
Ross Taylor
Dalhousie University
Emma Galloway
University of British
Aoibhinn Grimes
University of British
Simon Moore
University of British
Lisa VanAerde
University of British
Ben Williams
University of British
Annie Gornall
Norther-Rural Prince
University of British
Lisa Howard
Okanagan Rural
University of British
Bruce Rebner
Okanagan Rural
University of British
Aaron Williams
Okanagan Rural
University of British
Susan Butow
Prince George
University of British
Erin Carlson
Prince George
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Ali Ghanipour
Prince George
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Shu Fung Ho
Prince George
University of British
Daniel Penman
Prince George
University of British
Mohsin Waqar
Prince George
University of British
Alexander Lecky
University of
Alanna Leverrier
University of
Sarah Peters
Thunder Bay
Northern Ontario School
of Medicine
Emily Sotting
Vancouver-St. Paul's
University of British
Kimberley Cottick
Vancouver-St. Paul's
University of British
Sarah Olson
Vancouver-St. Paul's
University of British
Judy Tang
Vancouver-St. Paul's
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Robyn Wiens
Vancouver-St. Paul's
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Matthew Carroll
University of British
Jacqueline Cooper
University of British
Sukhjeet Dhillon
University of British
Jessica Fry
University of British
Heather Caitlin Harmon
University of British
Steven Lipari
University of Western
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Julie Brown
University of
Sandra Jenneson
University of British
Yi Man (David) Ko
University of Alberta
Kristel Lobo Prabhu
University of British
Angus Murray
Dalhousie University
Heather Stuart
University of Calgary
Megan Thwaites
University of British
Ayca Toprak
Queen's University
Internal Medicine
Ahmed Abdi Ali
University of Calgary
Keith Ahamad
University of British
Sina Alipour
University of British
Siu Him Chan
University of British
Melanie Chin
University of Calgary
Wai-Lan Carol Chung
University of Alberta
Kaethe Clarke
McGill University
William Connors
University of Calgary
Wendie Denbrok
University of British
Sumandeep Dhesi
University of Alberta
Iman Hemmati
University of British
Joanna Holland
Memorial University
Manstein Kan
University of British
Jenny Ko
University of British
Clement Kwok
University of Calgary
Shirley Lam
University of Manitoba
Andrea Lee
University of British
Grace Leung
University of Toronto
Stefanie Leung
University of Western
James Loh
University of Alberta
Birinder Mangat
University of British
Christine McDonald
University of Toronto
Kina Merwin
University of Manitoba
Mikhyla Richards
University of British
Sarah Roberts
University of
Kirandeep Saini
University of Calgary
Supna Sandhu
University of British
Sadra Shariji Saber
University of British
Gursteven Sra
University of
Clare Sun
Loyola University Medical
Center - Illinois
Muxin (Max) Sun
University of British
Heather Taddy
University of British
Michael Tan
Dalhousie University
James Tessaro
University of British
Karen Iran
University of British
Stephanie Tsang
University of British
Tiffany Wins tone
University of British
Frank Wong
University of British
Ravi Varshney
University of
Laboratory Medicine
Stephanie Nolan
Dalhousie University
Martin Wlodarski
Dalhousie University
Medical Biochemistry
Sophia Wong
University of British
Mandeep Mann
University of British
Christine Stables
University of British
Alina Webber
McGill University
Neuropatholo gy
Mark Ballard
University of Calgary
Obstetrics and
Jeffery Campbell
University of Alberta
Jason Kim
Dalhousie University
Genevieve Lennox
University of Toronto
Kimberley Louie
University of British
Katherine Pernarowski
University of Manitoba
Sarah Saunders
University of British
Jacqueline Wood
University of Western
Andrea Ryan
University of
Kristi Kyle
University of Alberta
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Clairessa Keays
Jacqueline McMillan
William Schlamp
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Tony Lin
University of Western
Kaivon Pakzad-Vaezi
University of British
Peng (Paul) Yan
University of Ottawa
Orthopedic Surgery
Ashlee Dobbe
University of Alberta
Richard Ng
University of Calgary
Robert Petretta
University of British
Jason Strelzow
University of British
Reina Yao
University of Western
Rui-Jun (June) Lin
University of British
Derrick Randall
University of Calgary
Benetta Chin
University of British
Alexey Litvinov
University of Manitoba
Dianna Louie
University of British
Kathryn MacKinlay
University of Calgary
Katherine Marquardt
University of Toronto
Diana Murray
University of Calgary
Michelle Simonelli
University of Toronto
Jennifer Smitten
University of British
Laura Weingarten
University of Alberta
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Ross Davidson
University of British
Nicola Hahn
University of British
Catherine Ho
University of Toronto
Jay Joseph
Queen's University
Brian Banno
University of British
Rachel Bell
Dalhousie University
Jennifer Laidlaw
University of Toronto
Pouya Rezazadeh-Azar
University of British
Jennifer Scott
University of British
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University of British
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University of Toronto
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Fraser Region
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Fraser Region
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Fraser Region
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Fraser Region
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Island University of
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Vancouver Island
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University of British
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University of Calgary
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Ian Wright
Prince George
Vanderhoof UNBC
ro   o
0 University Academic Campus
■fa Clinical Academic Campus
9 Affiliated Regional Centre
O Community Education Facility
•   Affiliated Regional Centres
Abbotsford Regional/Chilliwack General Hospitals
=t. St. John General/Dawson Creek Hospitals
_ions Gate Hospital
VIills Memorial Hospital
Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
Richmond Hospital
Royal Inland Hospital
St. Joseph's General/Campbell River General Hospitals
Surrey Memorial Hospital (through 2010)
Vernon JuPilee/Renticton Regional Hospitals
University Academic Campuses
University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver
University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in Prince George
Universityof Victoria (UVic) in Victoria
^ Clinical Academic Campuses
3C Cancer Agency
3C Children's Hospital
3C Women's Hospital and Health Centre
Kelowna General Hospital
RoyalColumbian Hospital
Royal Jubilee Hospital
St. Paul's Hospital
Surrey Memorial Hospital (after 2010)
Vancouver General Hospital
Victoria General Hospital
University Hospital of Northern BC
O Community Education Facilities,
Rural and Remote Distributed Sites
Serving medical students and residents,
student audiologists, speech language pathologists,
occupational therapists, physical therapists
and/or midwives in the community
Faculty of Medicine
The University of British Columbia
317-2194 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T1Z2
T: 604822 242'
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