Faculty Research Forum

Dr. Fred Bryans Faculty Forum 2020

Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Digital Age: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Women’s Health Care

Thursday, January 30, 2020 from 09:00 to 17:30

The 2020 forum will feature:

  • Matthew Trunnell, Chief Information Officer of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, speaking on Enabling the Digital Revolution in Health Care: Rethinking How We Think about Data; 
  • Two workshops: Representing Patients’ Voices in Our Research and Engaging with Policy Makers – Influencing Policy through Research; and
  • Research from our departmental faculty.

The objectives of the 2020 Dr. Fred Bryans Faculty Forum are to:

  • highlight the opportunities and innovation that Machine Learning and AI can bring to our specialty;
  • showcase the spectrum of research of our faculty;
  • share lessons learned from engaging with community members and policy makers; and
  • cultivate new collaborations across specialties.

Complete Program

Registration is now closed. We look forward to seeing you at the forum!

Where: Port McNeill room (4th Floor, North Tower), Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC (Map; Parking info)

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 event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has been approved by UBC CPD for up to 6.75 MOC Section 1 Group Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity.

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

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.