On May 25 the Faculty of Medicine celebrated the academic achievements and distinguished careers of faculty members during the most recent Academic Gowns and Emeriti Recognition Ceremony.
At this event, academic gowns were presented to faculty members who were recently promoted to the rank of Professor or Clinical Professor or Professor of Teaching. In attendance were Drs. Marie-France Delisle, Janice Kwon and Jessica McAlpine (pictured).
Dr. Marie-France Delisle – Clinical Professor
Dr. Marie-France was born in Quebec City where she did her medical training followed by a MFM fellowship at UBC. Besides her passion in providing the best possible clinical care to the high-risk pregnant patients of BC, she pursued her research interests in prenatal diagnosis, complex multiple pregnancies and fetal procedures. Marie-France also truly enjoys sharing her passion with the many learners coming to BCWH. She was involving in many SOGC clinical guidelines and recently was named Chair of the Royal College Exam committee. While the last 2 decades went as fast as they were satisfying, her definite lifetime best achievement remains her role as the mother of 3 amazing boys: Thomas, Vincent and Jacob.
Dr. Janice Kwon – Professor
Dr. Janice Kwon is the Vice Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a gynecologic oncologist at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Cancer. She holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Harvard, and post-doctorate from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Her academic interest is economic analyses of cancer prevention strategies and testing criteria for hereditary cancer syndromes. She was awarded the UBC Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence in clinical and applied research in 2020, and the CREOG postgraduate teaching award in 2017 and Mike Turko Surgical Teaching Award in 2019. She currently holds a Health Professional Investigator Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
Dr. Jessica McAlpine – Professor
Dr. McAlpine is Vancouver born and raised but did her medical training in the US, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for Medical School, Stanford for Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Yale University School of Medicine for Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology. She returned to Vancouver to join the UBC faculty in 2006 and has directed her career as a surgeon-scientist, splitting her time equally between clinical/surgical patient care and translational research. Her awards include the VCHRI mentored clinician scientist award, the Canadian Institute of Health Research New investigator award, the BC Cancer Foundation Clinician Scientist Award, UBC’s Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement award for Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research and Overall Excellence Mid-career Awards, the VMDAS Scientific Achievement Award, and she is the nominated Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Molecular Stratification of Gynecologic Cancers. She has been appointed the Dr. Chew Wei Memorial Chair in Gynecologic Oncology, serves as co-Division Head of Gynecologic Oncology, Tumor Bank Director, and is an Executive on both the OVCARE and GCI research teams. Her research focuses on molecular subtypes of endometrial, ovarian and vulvar cancers, and prevention of ovarian cancers.