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

KS Joseph, Associate Head Research, UBC Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr KS Joseph was appointed Associate Head Research in 2015. K.S. Joseph MD, PhD is a Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia and the Children’s and Women’s Hospital and Health Centre of British Columbia. His work is supported by the Child & Family Research Institute and by a Chair in Maternal, Fetal and Infant Health Services Research awarded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.  His research interests include pregnancy complications, birth, fetal growth, infant mortality, serious neonatal morbidity and severe maternal morbidity.


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.


Mannie Fan, Research Program Manager, VGH site

Mannie has medical research training and experience spanning the lab bench to the bedside.  She has been actively involved in clinical research since 2011 and has recently received her CCRP certification from SoCRA.  She is committed to bettering people’s lives through scientific research and discoveries.

Mannie will be working on Wednesday and Friday mornings and is based on the 6th floor of DHCC.  Contact Mannie.