Justin M. McGinnis


Justin M. McGinnis


Clinical Assistant Professor

Division of Gynaecologic Oncology

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)
Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, BC Women’s Hospital, BC Cancer Agency

VGH Women’s Clinic, Diamond Health Care Centre:
Phone: 604-875-5022
Fax: 604-875-5807

BC Cancer Agency Vancouver:
Phone: 604-877-6000 x672353 (new patients), x672367 (existing patients)
Fax: 604-877-6179



Dr. Justin McGinnis completed medical school at the University of Alberta, residency in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia, fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at McMaster University, and a Master of Science in Quality Improvement & Patient Safety at the University of Toronto. He serves as co-lead of the Endometrial Cancer Integrated Practice Unit at VCH, co-lead of the Quality Improvement Community of Practice for the Society of Gynecologic Oncology of Canada, and Chair of the GYN oncology fellowship Competency Committee at UBC.


Dr. McGinnis places a strong focus on teaching academic and clinical trainees of all levels. He continues to supervise undergraduate and post-graduate trainees in quality improvement research methods and teaches minimally invasive surgical techniques to trainees in the VGH Simulation Centre.

Research Interests/Skills

Quality improvement & patient safety, healthcare process flow and design, health advocacy.



Select publications:

Laurence Bernard, Melissa Lavecchia, Gabrielle Trepanier, Sarah Mah, Alida Pokoradi, Justin M McGinnis, Mohammad Alyafi, Bryan Glezerson, Julie Nguyen, Vanessa Carlson, Limor Helpman, Laurie Elit, Waldo Jimenez, Lua Eiriksson, Clare J Reade. A double-blinded, randomized trial comparing surgeon-administered transversus abdominis plane block with placebo after midline laparotomy in gynecologic oncology surgery. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2023 Feb 14;S0002-9378(23)00110-2. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2023.02.010

Justin M. McGinnis MD MSc, Limor Helpman MD MPH, Marylrose Gundayao BSc, Kelly-Lynn Nancekivell RN BScN MEd, Jacqueline Russell BScPharm, Lori-Ann Linkins MD, Leyo Ruo MD, Pablo E. Serrano MD PhD. Evaluating compliance of extended venous thromboembolism prophylaxis following abdominopelvic surgery for cancer: A multidisciplinary quality improvement project. J Surg Oncol. 2022; 125 – 437-447. https://doi.org/10.1002/jso.26728

Justin M McGinnis, Rebecca Jones, Christopher Hillis, Heather Kokus, Heidi Thomas, Jason Thomas, Mohammad Alyafi, Laurence Bernard, Lua Eiriksson, Laurie Elit, Hal Hirte, Waldo Jimenez, Nidhi Kumar-Tyagi, Clare Reade, Limor Helpman. A pneumococcal pneumonia and influenza vaccination quality improvement program for women receiving chemotherapy for gynecologic cancers at a major tertiary cancer centre. Gynecol Oncol. 2021 Apr;161(1):236-243. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ygyno.2021.01.014

Laurence Bernard, Justin M McGinnis, Jane Su, Mohammad Alyafi, Delia Palmer, Leonard Potts, Kelly-Lynn Nancekivell, Heidi Thomas, Heather Kokus, Lua R Eiriksson, Lorraine M Elit, Waldo G F Jimenez, Clare J Reade, Limor Helpman. Thirty-day outcomes after gynecologic oncology surgery: A single-center experience of enhanced recovery after surgery pathways. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. 2021 Feb;100(2):353-361. https://doi.org/10.1111/aogs.14009

Justin M McGinnis, Valerie Bloomfield, Hamid Kazerouni, Limor Helpman. Well-differentiated papillary mesothelioma with two synchronous gynecologic serous carcinomas in a sixty-two-year-old woman; lessons learned for the gynecologic surgeon. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. 2020 Mar 12; S1701-2163 (20) 30011-6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jogc.2019.12.012

Justin M McGinnis, Natasha K Simula, KS Joseph, Jagdeep Ubhi. Internal iliac artery balloon tamponade for placenta accreta; outcomes from the largest tertiary accreta referral centre in British Columbia. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. 2019 Apr 41(4):466-472. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jogc.2018.06.020

Aude Marceau, Justin M McGinnis, Fatemeh Derakhshan, Yi Ariel Yiu, Gnalini Sathananthan, Ana Clara Sosa Cazales, Jasmine Grewal, Andrew Ignaszewski, Elisabet Joa, Michael Luong, Mustafa Toma, Sean A Virani, Michael A Siedman. Interdisciplinary approach to an unusual case of myocarditis in pregnancy. Canadian Journal of Cardiology Open. 2019 Mar 1(2):103-105. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cjco.2019.02.001



UBC Div. Gynaecologic Oncology. D.A. Boyes Memorial Research Award. “Avoiding the needle; introducing an oral anticoagulant for extended post-operative venous thromboembolism prophylaxis”. (Primary supervisor of Kimberly Stewart). $5000/2021-2022

Juravinski Hospital & Cancer Centre Foundation. Education Grant. “A pneumococcal pneumonia & influenza vaccination quality improvement project”. $5000/2019-2020





2022 Gynecologic Cancer Initiative Trainee Research Day, Best Oral Abstract – Survivorship, awarded to Dr. Kimberly Stewart under my supervision

2022 D.A. Boyes Memorial Research Award, awarded to Dr. Kimberly Stewart under my supervision

2021 UBC OBGYN Academic Day – Best Paper Abstract by Postgraduate Trainee, awarded to Dr. Dominique Barnes under my supervision

2019 Department of Oncology Research Day – Best Oral Clinical Presentation. Juravinski Cancer Centre, McMaster University

2018 Erle Mitchell Memorial Award for Excellence in Obstetrics & Gynecology. UBC Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

2017 Robert M. Liston Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Medical Education. UBC Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

2016 Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Award for Excellence in Obstetrics. UBC Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine