Faculty Research Forum

Dr. Fred Bryans Faculty Forum 2018

Optimizing Impact in Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Improving Health Through Better Knowledge Translation and Implementation


Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 10:00 to 17:10

The 2018 Faculty Forum is comprised of two events – the Faculty Forum and a Knowledge Translation Workshop. 

View the full program.  See you on January 25th!

Location: UBC Robson Square (C680 – HSBC Hall), 800 Robson St, Vancouver, BC (map). Directions to UBC Robson Square (parking and public transit information).

Accreditation statement

The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians.  This course has been reviewed and approved by the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development.  This course is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 6.0 MOC Section 1 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.


Faculty Forum

10:00 to 11:20 – Faculty Forum begins

11:20 to 14:10 – Break for

14:10 to 17:10 – Faculty Forum continues

Department Seasonal Celebration to follow


Knowledge Translation Workshop

The workshop will be led by Genevieve Creighton, Manager, Knowledge Translation, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

11:20 to 13:20


The objectives of the 2018 Dr. Fred Bryans Faculty Forum are to:

  • highlight the spectrum of research of our faculty,
  • cultivate new collaborations across divisions and specialties,
  • share strategies for knowledge translation and evidence based practice.


On behalf of the Fred Bryans Faculty Forum Planning Committee – Ms. Ariadna Fernandez (Chair), Dr. Michael Anglesio, Dr. Lori Brotto, Dr. Geoffrey Cundiff, Dr. Chelsea Elwood, Ms. Yvonne Erskine, Dr. KS Joseph, Ms. Nikki Koenig, Dr. Peter Leung, Dr. Sheona Mitchell, Dr. Nicole Todd, Ms. Rosemarie Garcia

Dr. Frederick Edward Bryans 1924–2009

Dr. Frederick Bryans

Dr. Frederick Bryans

Dr. Bryans graduated in medicine from the University of Toronto in the class of 1946, and then from the residency program in obstetrics and gynecology under Dr. D.E. Cannell.  Afterwards he completed research at Harvard University, and attended leading cancer treatment centres in Europe.

His professional career was spent as a geographic full-time faculty member in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia. In 1960 he became professor and chairman of the department, a position that he served with distinction until 1978. During his 18 years as department head, he established strong educational, research and clinical programs – many at a Provincial level.  He fostered a unique, supportive environment with a friendly, collegial atmosphere among faculty, trainees, and supporting staff members. He retired in 1989, but remained active as a Professor Emeritus in departmental and university affairs until shortly before his death at the age of 85 years.

During his distinguished career as teacher, academic, and practicing obstetrician and gynecologist, he received many important awards.  Of some pride to Dr. Bryans, graduating classes of the UBC Medical School repeatedly honored him with Best Educator awards.  He taught with humour and kindness.  He was also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal.

Dr. Bryans was an accomplished generalist. His diverse publications include scholarly works on endocrinology, cancer, congenital abnormalities, and urinary incontinence.  As testament to the gifted surgeon that he was, complex cases were referred to him by colleagues from all areas of the province.  He contributed hugely to the health care of the women of British Columbia in a career that spanned two generations.

At national and international levels, Dr. Bryans served on the council and committees of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  He was a founding member and president of the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada, vice president of the Association of Professors of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in the United States, vice president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (UK).

Education and research endeavors were supremely important to Dr. Bryans. Thus, his legacy of support for research continues in an endowment to the Department.