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Awards

The Department of Medicine at Providence Health Care has a proud tradition of excellence in clinical care, research, and education. Many of our members are superlative educators and researchers and as a result of their labours, have been recipients of numerous prestigious international, national and local awards.

Special Awards

 

2017

 

Dr. Jim Russell (Division of Critical Care Medicine) has been named winner of the 2017 Aubrey J. Tingle Prize by Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR). Created in honour of MSFHR’s founding president & CEO, this award is given annually to a British Columbia clinician scientist whose work in health research has had a significant impact on advancing research and improving health, and the health system, in BC and beyond.

Dr. Kate Shannon (Division of AIDS) has been awarded the 2017 CAHR-CANFAR Excellence in Research Award for Epidemiology and Public Health. The Excellence in Research Awards program is intended to highlight and celebrate the contributions of Canadian researchers in HIV/AIDS research in Canada and internationally.

 

Dr. Julio Montaner (Division of AIDS) has been awarded the Canada Council Killam Prize in Health Sciences in recognition of his outstanding career achievements.

The Canada Council Killam Prizes were inaugurated in 1981 in memory of Izaak Walton Killam. The Prizes were created to honour eminent Canadian scholars and scientists actively engaged in research, whether in industry, government agencies or universities.

 

Dr. Barry Kassen (Division of General Internal Medicine) is the recipient of the Mikhael Award for Medical Education from the Resident Doctors of Canada. The award is in recognition of Dr. Kassen's contributions towards improving undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in Canada.

 

Dr. John Gill (Division of Nephrology) has been selected for the 2017 American Society Transplantation Clinical Science Established Investigator Award. The award acknowledges Dr. Gill's expertise and contributions to the art and science of transplantation.

 

2016

Dr. Liam Brunham (Division of Internal Medicine) has been awarded the 2016 Innovation and Translational Research Award from the Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institutes. This award will fund Dr. Brunham’s project, Targeted Next Generation Sequencing to Improve the Diagnosis and Treatment of Familial Hypercholesterolemia in British Columbia.

 

Dr. Thomas Kerr (Division of AIDS) has been awarded the UBC Martin M. Hoffman Award For Excellence in Research.

 

Dr. Julio Montaner (Division of AIDS) has been named a University Killam Professor! The designation University Killam Professor is conferred by the UBC Board of Governors to recognize exceptional members of faculty who are extraordinary teachers and researchers, who are leaders in their academic fields, and who have received national and international recognition as a result of these characteristics. This designation is the highest honour that the University can confer on a member of faculty!

 

Dr. Don Sin (Division of Respiratory Medicine) has been awarded a UBC Killam Research Prize recognizing his outstanding research and scholarly contributions.

 

2015

Dr. Julio Montaner (Division of AIDS) will receive the 2015 McLaughlin Medal from the Royal Society of Canada on November 27, 2015. The McLaughlin Medal, established in 1978, is awarded for important research of sustained excellence in any branch of medical sciences.


Dr. John Gill (Division of Nephrology), Dr. Kate Shannon (Division of AIDS),
Dr. Don Sin
(Division of Respiratory Medicine), and Dr. Evan Wood (Division of AIDS) are the successful recipients of the CIHR 2014 Foundation Scheme 1st Live Pilot competition.

 

Dr. Adeera Levin (Division of Nephrology) has been recognized by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada as a Member of the Order of Canada. The honour is in recognition of Dr. Levin’s leadership in the treatment of kidney disease.

 

Dr. S. F. Paul Man (Division of Respiratory Medicine) received the American College of Physicians (ACP) Laureate Award.  This award honours ACP Fellows and Masters who have demonstrated their commitment to excellence in medical care, education, research and service to their community, their region and the College.  Awardees have a long history of excellence and peer approval in the specialty of Internal Medicine and have served the College with distinction. 

 

Dr. Adeera Levin (Division of Nephrology) was chosen as President Elect of the International Society of Nephrology (2015-2017); the first Canadian and only the second woman to hold this most prestigious position.

 

Dr. Adeera Levin (Division of Nephrology) is the recipient of the 2015 LifeSciences British Columbia Award - Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research – Aubrey J. Tingle Prize. Created in honour of MSFHR’s founding president & CEO, this award is given to a British Columbia researcher whose work in health research is internationally recognized and has significant impact on advancing clinical or health services and policy research.

Dr. Julio Montaner (Division of AIDS) will be inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame on April 23, 2015 at a ceremony in Winnipeg. http://cdnmedhall.org/induction

 

2014

Dr. Julio Montaner (Division of AIDS) has been recognized by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, as an Officer of the Order of Canada. The honour is in recognition of Dr.Montaner’scontributions to establishing the global standard of care for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, and for his leadership in the international HIV/AIDS research community.

Dr. Adeera Levin (Division of Nephrology) was awarded the 2014 Kidney Foundation of Canada Medal of Research Excellence.

Dr. Kate Shannon (Division of AIDS) was named the Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Global Sexual Health Health and HIV/AIDS at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Julio Montaner, Head of the Division of AIDS in the Department of Medicine and Director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) has been awarded an Honororary Fellowship of Douglas College, its highest distinction.

Dr. John Gill (Nephrology) has been awarded the Kidney Foundation of Canada BC Branch 2014 Organ Donation Leadership Award, recognizing his work, both clinical and academic, in BC to improve kidney organ donation.

Dr. Richard Harrigan (Division of AIDS) received the PHC Research and Mission Award for 2014. This award recognizes outstanding science research while demonstrating the mission and values of PHC.

Dr. Peter Pare (Division of Respiratory Medicine) was awarded the prestigious UBC Bill and Marilyn Webber Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Denise Daley (Division of Respiratory Medicine) CRC Chair in Genetic Epidemiology of Common Complex Diseases has been renewed

Dr. John Webb (Division of Cardiology) has been awarded with the Lifesciences British Columbia Innovation and Achievement Award recognizing outstanding innovation in research and scholarly contributions.

Dr. David Landsberg (Division of Nephrology) was awarded the Canadian Society of Transplantation Clinical Achievement Award at the 2014 Canadian Society of Transplantation Annual Scientific Meeting in Montreal.

Dr. Landsberg has led the development of the kidney transplant program at St. Paul’s Hospital from its inception, and has been instrumental in ensuring that the transplant program is internationally recognized for its innovations in living kidney donation.

Drs. Sheila Au (Division of Dermatology) and Christina Han (Division of Dermatology) are two of three recipients of the inaugural "Dermatologist from the Heart" Program launched in partnership with La Fondation La Roche-Posay. The $10,000 grant is in support of a plan to provide professional training to health care providers who directly take care of pre- and post-solid organ transplant patients at three of the province's major transplant centres: St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital, and the Fraser Valley transplant clinic.

Dr. John Webb (Division of Cardiology) has been awarded with a 2013 UBC Killam Research Prize recognizing outstanding research and scholarly contributions.

Dr. Evan Wood (Division of AIDS) is the recipient of the President’s award for Public Education through Media celebrating active and creative sharing of research expertise through news media.


2013

Dr. Evan Wood (Division of AIDS) has been awarded the 2013 Providence Health Care Research and Mission Award. He has been recognized by Providence Health Care as a scientist who upholds the core principles of patient centered care, while contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge at the highest level. This award reflects his dedication to excellence research, medical education, and advancing the standard of care for all patients.

Dr. Bradley Quon (Division of Respiratory Medicine) is the inaugural recipient of the Cystic Fibrosis Canada-UBC Clinician Scientist Award for 2013.

Dr. Richard Harrigan ( Division of AIDS), has just been named the recipient of the 2013 LifeSciences British Columbia Award for Innovation and Achievement. This award is presented annually to recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the development of British Columbia’s life sciences industry.

Dr. Kam Shojania, (Division of Rheumatology), has been awarded the 2013 Canadian Rheumatology Association Teacher-Educator Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to rheumatology teaching and education in Canada.

 

2012

Dr. Gordon Francis (Endocrinology, UBC James Hogg Research Centre) is the recipient of a $7.0 Million Canadian Foundation for Innovation grant (2012).

Dr. Julio Montaner (AIDS) was the recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his work in HIV/AIDS research (2012).

Dr. Evan Wood (AIDS) was named UBC Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Inner City Medicine in 2012.

Dr. Robert D. Levy (Respiratory): Institute of Public Administration of Canada/Deloitte Bronze Award  in the Health Care Leadership category and the Third Annual BC Quality Award –Living with Illness, for “Shared Care Partnership” from the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council (2012).

 

2011

Dr. Julio Montaner, Director, BC-CfE and Chair in AIDS Research at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine, was named the co-winner of the 2011 Hope is a Vaccine award, awarded annually to individuals working in the international fight against HIV/AIDS. Dr. Montaner received the award in honour of his worldwide advocacy for Treatment as Prevention and his role as “a forceful advocate for expanded access to ARVs (antiretrovirals) as early as 2006.” He shared the honour with Dr. Myron Cohen, who was also recognized by Science magazine for his work on the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 052 study.

Dr. Del Dorscheid and Dr. John Boyd (Critical Care Medicine) each received a one million dollar research prize from the National Sanatorium Association. 

Dr. Carolyn Taylor (Cardiology) was the recipient of the Boehringer Ingelheim PHC Heart Centre Scholarship Award. 

Dr. Kate Shannon (AIDS) was awarded Canada’s Premier Young Researcher: The Peter Lougheed/CIHR New Investigator Award. 

Dr. John Webb (Cardiology) was honoured with the Providence Health Care Research and Mission Award in 2011.

Dr. Nadia Khan (General Internal Medicine) was awarded a Michael Smith Senior Scholarship. 

Dr. John Boyd (Critical Care Medicine) is the recipient of a Michael Smith Scholarship award.

 

2010

Dr. Keith Walley (Critical Care Medicine) received the Killam Research Prize from University of British Columbia. 

Dr. Julio Montaner, Head, St. Paul’s Hospital Division of AIDS, is the recipient of the 2010 Albert Einstein World Award of Science from the World Cultural Council. The award was created as a means of recognition, and as an incentive to scientific and technological research and development. It takes into special consideration those research achievements, which have brought true benefit and well being to mankind.

The award was presented to Dr. Montaner on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Toluca, State of México, México.

Dr. Julio Montaner, Head, St. Paul’s Hospital Division of AIDS, was awarded the Order of BC in October 2010.

Dr. Barry Kassen, Head, Division of General Internal Medicine, PHC, VA and UBC, is the recipient of 2010 The Prix d’excellence from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in recognition of his longstanding contribution to medical education and to the academic community. The Prix d’excellence is awarded annually in each province or territory recognizing Fellows for achievement in any of the three criteria: outstanding qualities and contributions as medical educators; outstanding service to their community; outstanding service to the Royal College.

Dr. Hugh Tildesley (Endocrinology) was awarded both the 2010 Gerald S. Wong Services Award and the 2010 Brian Dufton Memorial Manuscript Award of the Can. Diabetes Association).

 

Dr. John Gill, Associate Professor in the Division of Nephrology has won the 2010 Clinical Science Investigator Award from the American Society of Transplantation.

Dr. Evan Wood Receives Junior Doctor of the Year Award from British Medical Journal (2010)

 

Dr. Evan Wood, a lead researcher at Providence’s BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), has been recognized by one of the world’s leading providers of trusted medical information and services, BMJ Group, for his groundbreaking research in HIV, public health, illicit drug policy and addiction.

 

BMJ Group, publisher of the BMJ (British Medical Journal), named Dr. Wood as the recipient of its first annual Junior Doctor of the Year honour, which is provided to a physician who is early in their career and has done the most to improve the world we live in or to inspire others. Dr. Wood was selected for this inaugural award from among more than 100 nominations from Britain and countries as far afield as Sudan, Iraq, Australia and Brazil.

 

Dr. Wood is co-director of the BC-CfE’s Urban Health Research Initiative (UHRI). Dr. Wood is one of the founding principal investigators of Vancouver’s Insite, North America’s only supervised injecting facility. His scientific and peer-reviewed evaluations of Insite have demonstrated that the program reduces overdose deaths, lowers HIV transmission rates, and increases uptake into addiction treatment.  He now serves on the editorial boards of a host of infectious disease and addiction journals and is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Drug Policy.

 

2009

Dr. Julio Montaner, Head, Division of AIDS and Director, B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS received the 2009 Canadian Institutes of Health Research Knowledge Translation Award. 

On November 17, 2009 CIHR presented gold medals to four of Canada's most outstanding researchers including Dr. Montaner. For more information please click here.


Dr. Jim Russell (Critical Care Medicine) received the 2009 Research and Mission Award from Providence Health Care in recognition for his groundbreaking work on sepsis and the genetics of inflammatory responses in the critically ill. For more information on Dr. Russell's research interests, please click here.

 

2008

Dr. Julio Montaner, Head, Division of AIDS and Director, B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, is the first Canadian recipient of the The National Institutes of Health (NIH) inaugural Avant-Garde Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) consisting of $500,000 per year for five years. (Announced September 4, 2008)

The funding from the Avant-Garde Award will be directly earmarked for research related to the advancement of the Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS (STOP HIV/AIDS) proposal.

Dr. Julio Montaner, Head, Division of AIDS and Director, B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, recently became President of the International AIDS Society (IAS) during the closing ceremony of the International AIDS Conference that took place in Mexico City in August 2008. The world's leading independent association of HIV/AIDS professionals, the IAS speaks as an independent voice for global action to end the AIDS pandemic.

Dr. Andy Ignaszewski, Head of the Division of Cardiology, was recently awarded the 2008 Individual Award for Excellence in Health Promotion from the B.C. Medical Association. The award recognizes exceptional efforts that have demonstrated a concern for the health and safety of British Columbians through specific initiatives that show ingenuity and creativity, with the goal of positive, long-term improvement.

Dr. Adeera Levin received the 2007-2008 National Kidney Foundation’s Garabed Eknoyan Award for exceptional contributions to key initiatives of the NKF such as the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) or clinical research in the field of kidney disease.

In 2008 Dr. Adeera Levin (Nephrology) and Dr. Thomas Kerr (Respiratory Medicine) were honoured with the Providence Health Care Research and Mission Award.

Dr. G. E. Ted Wilkins (Endocrinology), was the recipient of 2006 The Prix d’excellence from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Region 5, in recognition of his longstanding contribution to medical education and to the academic community. The Prix d’excellence is awarded annually in each province or territory recognizing Fellows for achievement in any of the three criteria: outstanding qualities and contributions as medical educators; outstanding service to their community; outstanding service to the Royal College.

Dr. Anita Palepu (General Internal Medicine) was honoured with the 2006 Boston University School of Public Health Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. Barry Kassen (General Internal Medicine) was the recipient of the prestigious Osler Award in 2004, the highest honour that the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine bestows on individuals in recognition of extraordinary professional contributions and achievements over the course of a career and who demonstrate excellence in achievement in the field of general internal medicine, either in clinical practice, research, medical education, or specialty development.

Teaching Awards

Dr. Rhonda Shuckett (Rheumatology) is the recipient of the UBC Class of 2011 Outstanding Educator Award. This award is made by the 2nd year medical students to a lecturer who has brought exceptional interest, dedication and involvement in teaching.

Dr. Barry Kassen (General Internal Medicine) is the 2008 recipient of the Killam Teaching Award, which recognizes excellence in teaching by UBC faculty.

Dr. Linda Vickars (Hematology) is the recipient of the 2008 Career Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at UBC.

Dr. Jean Gilles (Rheumatology) was awarded the Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in the UBC Faculty of Medicine in 2007.

2007 - 2008 UBC and PHC Department of Medicine Teaching Awards

Dr. Debbie Rosenbaum (General Internal Medicine)
The SPH Graeme C. Copland and The Fay R. Dirks Award for Excellence in Teaching at UBC.

Dr. Ron Werb (Nephrology)
The SPH Howard B. Stein and UBC Master Teacher Award.

Research Awards

Dr. Karin Humphries (Cardiology) was awarded the 2008 Achievement Award for Excellence in Applied Research at UBC. In addition, Dr. Humphries also received the 2008 PHC Department of Medicine and Martin M. Hoffman Award For Excellence in Research.

Dr. Don Sin (Respiratory Medicine) received the 2007 Distinguished Achievement Award in the Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Julio Montaner (AIDS) was recipient of the the 2007 Killam Research Award at the University of British Columbia.

Grants

There are three Canada Research Council Chairs among the membership of the Department of Medicine.  Dr. Andrew Sandford is the Canada Research Chair, Tier II, in Genetic Susceptibility to Inflammatory Airway Diseases (2001), Dr. Don Sin is the Canada Research Chair, Tier II, in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (July 2004), and Dr. Denise Daley will be a Canada Research Chair, Tier II, to be announced in October 2008.

In addition, several Department members have been successful in achieving personnel support awards:

Boyd, John
2007 MSFHR Post Doctoral Award – Clinical
2007 SPH Foundation Physician Scholar Award

Cook, Wendy
2007 SPH Foundation Physician Scholar Award

Daley, Denise
2007 MSFHR Scholar Award – Population Health
2008 Canada Research Chair (Tier II) TBC October 2008

Dorscheid, Del
2002 MSFHR Scholar Award - Clinical
2006 CIHR New Investigator Award
2006 MSFHR Senior Scholar Award – Clinical

Gill, Jagbir
2008 SPH Foundation Physician Scholar Award

Gill, John
2005 MSFHR Scholar Award – Health Services

Grewal, Jasmine
2010 SPH Foundation Physician Scholar Award


Harrigan, Richard
2008 GlaxoSmithKline CIHR Research Chair Award

Hogg, Robert
2001 MSFHR Senior Scholar Award – Population Health
2004 Michael O’Shaughnessy Professorship in HIV/AIDS and Population Health

Humphries, Karin
2002 MSFHR Scholar Award – Clinical
2006 CIHR New Investigator Award
2008 MSFHR Senior Scholar Award – Health Services

Khan, Nadia
2006 CIHR New Investigator Award
2006 SPH Foundation Physician Scholar Award

Kerr, Thomas
2006 MSFHR Scholar Award – Health Services
2006 CIHR New Investigator Award

Lee, Phillip
2006 SPH Foundation Physician Scholar Award

MacRedmond, Ruth
2007 MSFPH Post Doctoral Award – Biomedical
2007 CIHR Fellowship Award
2007 SPH Foundation Physician Scholar Award

Montaner, Julio
1996 UBC Endowed Chair in AIDS Research

Palepu, Anita
2004 MSFHR Senior Scholar Award – Population Health

Paré, Peter
2001 MSFHR Distinguished Scholar Award – Biomedical

Ramanathan, Krish
2006 SPH Foundation Physician Scholar Award

Sandford, Andrew
2001 Canada Research Chair (Tier II, Genetics)
2003 MSFHR Scholar Award – Biomedical
2008 MSFHR Senior Scholar Award – Biomedical

Sin, Don
2001 CIHR New Investigator Award
2004 Canada Research Chair (Tier II, Respiration)
2004 MSFHR / GSK - SPH Foundation Professorship in COPD
2006 MSFHR Senior Scholar Award – Clinical

Tyndall, Mark
2005 BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
2006 MSFHR Senior Scholar Award – Health Services

Van Eeden, Stephan
2006 MSFHR Senior Scholar Award – Clinical

Walley, Keith
2003 MSFHR Distinguished Scholar Award – Clinical

Webb, John
2008 McLeod Family Professorship in Valvular Heart Disease Intervention