Feature Researcher: Flora Teng, M.D.

Dr. Teng completed her Bachelor’s Degree at McGill University, followed by a Master of Public Health at Yale University.  She went on to obtain her Medical Degree and OB/GYN specialty training from the University of British Columbia. She earned the Dr. H.A. Henderson Memorial Medal for Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2009 and was  awarded the Robert M. Liston teaching award for medical student teaching. She has a passion for research and has conducted clinical and health services research in cardiovascular health, infectious disease, and obstetrics and gynecology.

What is your day job?

I am a Clinical Assistant Professor, and a new member to the UBC Faulty of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I provide high risk obstetrical and gynaecologic services at St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver. As well, I provide family planning services at the CARE Program at BC Women’s hospital.

What is your primary research focus?

I have conducted clinical and health services research in cardiovascular health, infectious disease and global health. My current research focus is in family planning and general obstetrics and gynecology.

What do you find are the biggest challenges in pursuing research while being a clinician?

Balancing both research time and clinical time can be challenging as well as finding funding to try to get research projects off the ground.

What are the greatest supports for your research?

The research teams at St. Paul’s, the Women Health Research Institute (WHRI), and the Contraception Access Research Team (CART) have been great resources to help get my research projects off the ground. In addition, the passion and enthusiasm of the resident researchers has been a major driving force to the success of my research.

What are your future plans and goals?

I hope include a global health focus back into my research portfolio.

When you aren’t busy being a clinician and a researcher – what do you do?

I relax with a yoga class, enjoy a nice dinner out, and go to rock concerts.