News & Honours


Welcome Program Assistant Heather to the ObGyn Residency Program
September 22, 2014Please join me in welcoming Heather Muckart to the Department. Heather has joined our Residency Program as our newest Program Assistant and will be working with Scott Lewis. Though she has previous administration experience while at Simon Fraser University, she is also currently working on her PhD at UBC in the Department of Art History. […] Read More >


KS Joseph Receives Greg Alexander Award for Advancing Knowledge
September 22, 2014Greg Alexander Award for Advancing Knowledge  —Advancing public health knowledge through epidemiology and applied research The purpose of this national/international award is to recognize individuals and organizational teams from a variety of disciplines who have made a substantial contribution to advancing the knowledge base aimed at improving the health of women, children and families. Because […] Read More >


CIHR Operating Grant for Alex Beristain
September 15, 2014Title: Effects of obesity associated inflammation on uterine immune cell function in early pregnancy. Uterine immune cells are central in initiating important physiological changes of uterine tissues, are important in controlling normal placental function and are crucial in maintainingmaternal- fetal tolerance in pregnancy.  Alterations affecting the number or biological functions of these cells are closely […] Read More >


Emeritus Professor Victor Gomel Receives AAGL Honorary Membership
September 8, 2014We are delighted to announce that the AAGL bestows Honorary Membership to Emeritus Professor Victor Gomel.   This special honor is bestowed every 3-5 years to an AAGL member who has demonstrated vision and leadership in our field. Dr. Gomel has been a member of the AAGL since 1973 and served on the Board twice before […] Read More >


Welcome Kathryn Tullis to the Undergraduate Education Team
September 8, 2014Welcome Kathryn Tullis to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Undergraduate Education Team. Kathryn is our new Year 4 Program Assistant and has fifteen years of administrative experience working for universities and non-profit organizations. She grew up in California and immigrated to Canada ten years ago. In her free time she is studying web development […] Read More >


Head of BCW, Department of ObGyn
September 3, 2014Effective August 31, Dr. Ellen Giesbrecht stepped down as Head of the BCW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a role she held for seven years.  In addition to being department head, for the past two years Ellen has also served as Acting Senior Medical Director, Acute Perinatal Programs, a role she willingly assumed at short notice when […] Read More >


Gyne Onc Fellowship Announcement
August 18, 2014Welcome Dr. Laura White to the UBC Gynecologic Oncology Sub Specialty Program. Dr. White completed her OBGYN residency training at the Memorial University of Newfoundland and she is continuing work on her Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology. Read More >


New MFM Fellow – Dr Tehila Avitan
July 28, 2014Welcome to Dr. Tehila Avitan who joins the MFM Fellowship Program on 1 July 2014. Dr. Tehila Avitan comes to us from the Hadassah Medical School at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.  In 2014 Dr. Avitan was elected as the “Outstanding Resident” of the year by the Faculty of Medicine of Hebrew University. Dr. Avitan […] Read More >


Welcome to Dr Shannon Reid
July 28, 2014Welcome Dr. Shannon Reid to the UBC Advanced Training Program in Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery. Dr. Reid completed her OBGYN specialist training in Sydney, Australia, and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). She is currently pursuing a PhD entitled “The use of […] Read More >


CIHR Funding Success
July 4, 2014A number of individuals from our department received CIHR Operating Grants this cycle. CIHR had more than 3,000 submission, and 400  that were funded, 44 went to UBC and 6 to the Department of Ob/Gyn.  With a very low success rate at CIHR (13%), this is quite remarkable. Congratulations to the successfully funded investigators: BERISTAIN, […] Read More >