Biography

Dr. Sheona Mitchell-Foster is a practicing Obstetrician Gynecologist and settler researcher with the University of British Columbia’s Northern Medical Program. After medical school at the University of Calgary, she completed her specialty training and Clinical Investigator fellowship in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia as well as a Masters of Public Health at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Dr. Mitchell-Foster has a keen interested in reproductive health of marginalized populations and has worked extensively both in East Africa and in northern BC on cervical cancer prevention using HPV self-collection for screening including a CIHR-funded pilot of low-barrier options of cervical cancer screening for Indigenous women in the north. Other areas of current research include perinatal substance use in northern BC with a focus on Indigenous and underserved populations in rural and remote geographies and she is the Academic Lead on the first culturally safe holistic housing program dedicated specifically to women struggling with substance-use during pregnancy in northern Canada. In addition to Dr. Mitchell-Foster’s academic work she is also the Colposcopy Lead for Northern Health and the Yukon as part of the Provincial Colposcopy Program.

Publications

Moses E, Pedersen H, Mitchell S, Sekikubo M, Mwesigwa D, Singer J, Biryabarema C, Byamugisha J, Money DM, Ogilvie GS. A randomized-controlled trial comparing uptake of community based self-collected HPV testing with visual infection with acetic acid (VIA) for cervical cancer screening in Kampala, Uganda: Preliminary results. Tropical Medicine & International Health doi: 10.1111/tmi.12549. [Epub ahead of print] (2015)  

Mitchell S, Shaw D. The Worldwide Epidemic of Female Obesity. Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology. doi:10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2014.10.002 (2014) 

Teng F, Mitchell S, Sekikubo M, Biryabarema C, Byamugisha J, Steinberg M, Money DM, Christilaw J, Ogilvie GS. Understanding the role of embarrassment in gynecologic screening: A qualitative study from the ASPIRE cervical cancer screening project in Uganda. BMJ Open 2014;4:e004783. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-004783 (2014)

Mitchell S, Sekikubo M, Biryabarema C, Byamugisha J, Steinberg M, Jeronimo J, Money DM, Christilaw C, Ogilvie GS.  Factors associated with high-risk HPV positivity in a low-resource setting in sub-Saharan Africa. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 210(1): 81.e1-81.e7 (2014)

Ogilvie GS, Mitchell S, Sekikubo M, Biryabarema C, Jeronimo J, Miller D, Steinberg M, Money DM. Results of a community-based cervical cancer screening pilot project using human papillomavirus self-sampling in Kampala, Uganda. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 122: 118-123 (2013)

Mitchell S, Ogilvie GS, Sekikubo M, Steinberg M, Biryabarema C, Money DM. 2011. Acceptability of self-collection for Human Papillomavirus in Uganda: the ASPIRE Project. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 114(2):111-115.

Flatt C, Mitchell S, Yipp B, Looareesuwan S, and Ho M. Attenuation of cytoadherence of Plasmodium falciparum to microvascular endothelium under flow by hemodilution. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 72(6):660-665. (2005)