Advisory Groups

MicroscopeThe following research advisory groups were formed promote and facilitate research and research productivity across the Department.

The Department Research Advisory Group works with our faculty and other existing resources at UBC and affiliated Research Institutes to promote and facilitate research and research productivity across the department. The Research Advisory Group strives to:

  • Identify sources of help for researchers for start up funds, operational support and help with infrastructure.
  • Ensure researchers are aware of grant facilitation services available to them.
  • Identify and facilitate areas of collaboration between researchers.
  • Explore ways to improve subject recruitment.
  • Promote productive research by students and young faculty.
  • Develop a profile for research within the Department.
  • Identify common, shared needs of researchers.
  • Review and prioritize departmental start up funds, with priority given to projects led by students (graduate students, residents, fellows).
  • Facilitate publication.


  • Janice Kwon, Chair, Gynaecologic Oncology Division
  • Mohamed Bedaiwy, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Division
  • Ariadna Fernandez, Department Research Program Manager
  • Jennifer Hutcheon, Maternal Fetal Medicine Division
  • Jessica McAlpine, Gynaecologic Oncology Division
  • Valerie Rychel, General Division
  • Julie van Schalkwyk, Gynaecologic Specialties/General Divisions
  • Mark Carey, Gynaecologic Oncology Division (ad hoc member)
  • Peter Leung, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Division (ad hoc member)
  • Deborah Money, Gynaecologic Specialties Division (ad hoc member)
  • Peter von Dadelszen, Maternal Fetal Medicine Division (ad hoc member)

The Resident Research Advisory Group Department works with existing Department resources to promote and facilitate resident research across the Department by:

  • Providing mentorship to residents regarding their research projects/interests.
  • Serving in an advisory capacity to the Department relating to resident research matters.
  • Promoting productive research by residents.
  • Facilitating early involvement in research by residents.
  • Facilitating access to research supervisors and other research resources.
  • Facilitating manuscript writing and publication.
  • Maintaining an inventory of all resident research and their progress.
  • Providing feedback to residents about progress on their research projects.


  • Roxana Geoffrion (Chair), Urogyne/General (St Paul’s) | Areas of interest/expertise:
    1. Clinical outcomes of surgical interventions
    2. Surgical education/simulation/curriculum development
  • Lori Brotto, Gynaecologic Specialties (VGH) | Areas of interest/expertise:
    1. Sexual health
    2. Psychological factors in women's health/gynaecology
    3. Study design/methodological issues
  • Mark Carey, GyneOnc (VGH) |  Areas of interest/expertise:
    1. Clinical Trials in gynaecologic cancers
    2. Proteomic biomarkers in cancer
    3. Steroid hormone action in cancer
  • Leanne Dahlgren, Maternal Fetal Medicine (BC Women's) | Areas of interest/expertise:
    1. Population health
    2. Prenatal diagnosis
    3. Aboriginal health
    4. Clinical epidemiology
  • Janet Lyons, General Obstetrics & Gynaecology (BC Women's) | Areas of interest/expertise:
    1. Clinical Intervention in Pregnancy
    2. Improved neonatal outcomes
  • Paul Yong, Gynaecologic Specialties (BC Women's) | Areas of interest/expertise:
    1. Clinical predictors and outcomes of dyspareunia and other pelvic pain in endometriosis
    2. Local neurogenesis in endometriosis
    3. Genomics of deep infiltrating endometriosis

Research Managers  | Areas of interest/expertise: REB and research processes at hospital sites

Resident Representatives:

  • Justin Tan, PGY5
  • Arohumam C. Kan, PGY2