Research Program Office

The Department Research Program aspires to to promote and facilitate research and research productivity across the department at both the faculty and trainee level. The departmental strategic plan and the two departmental research advisory groups guide our focus and initiatives.

Research Program Team

Janice S. Kwon, MD, MPH, FRCSC, Associate Head Research, UBC Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr. Kwon was appointed as Associate Head of Research in 2019.  She is an Associate Professor and Director of the Gynecologic Oncology subspecialty (fellowship) training program at UBC.  Her research interests include population-based research in gynecologic malignancies, and cost-effectiveness modeling of testing criteria and prevention strategies for hereditary cancer syndromes.  She holds a Health Professional Investigator Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.


Ariadna Fernandez, Research Program Manager, PHSA site

Ariadna has worked with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia as the Research Program Manager since 2008. In this role, she has been responsible for promoting research and fostering academic scholarship within the Department. She works with residents, clinicians, researchers and graduate level trainees to support their research and research training. She is responsible for implementing the Departmental Strategic Plan for research as a member/Co-Chair of two Departmental Advisory Groups. She also Chairs the annual Dr. Fred Bryans Faculty Research Forum, a program designed to promote research by faculty in the Department. Contact Ariadna.


Nicole Koenig, Research Program Manager, PHC site

Nicole joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia, St. Paul’s Hospital in 2012. In this role she was responsible for a multitude of projects which included a multicentre randomized controlled trial amongst other projects. As of July 2016 she took on the role of research manager at St. Paul’s Hospital. She works with medical students, undergraduate students, residents, clinicians and clinician – researchers to support their research and research training. She is also a member of the Fred Bryans Faculty Research Forum planning committee as well as on the Resident Research Advisory Committee. Contact Nicole.


Ilona Ugortsev, Research Program Manager, VGH site

Ilona completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, followed by a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at Haifa University, Israel and the Project Management Certificate at UBC Sauder School of Business.

She has a passion for research and has conducted clinical and public health research in the fields of fertility, pediatrics, cognitive development, gastroenterology, nutrition, and epidemiology. She was responsible for managing several projects including coordinating randomized controlled trials, analyzing large datasets, training staff and volunteers.

Ilona will be working on Wednesdays and is currently based at home. Contact Ilona.