Caitlin Dunne and Zachary Laksman named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40

Two UBC Faculty of Medicine members have been named to BNN Bloomberg’s 2019 Top 40 Under 40 list which recognizes Canada’s next leaders.

Dr. Caitlin Dunne, clinical assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynaecology

Caitlin Dunne and Zachary Laksman are among 44 recipients chosen from more than 850 nominees by an independent advisory board of business leaders from across Canada. Honourees were selected for excellence in four categories: vision and innovation; leadership; impact and influence; and social responsibility.

Dr. Dunne is a clinical assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynaecology and a partner and co-director at the Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine. She specializes in fertility and egg freezing and is a widely published health advocate in the media. She serves as a director of Fertile Future, which provides fertility preservation for young people with cancer.

“I am honoured and humbled to have been named to the Top 40 Under 40 list along with so many other inspiring Canadians,” Dr. Dunne said. “My career in medicine and business has given me a platform to advocate for women, which provides endless challenges and fulfillment. I love being a fertility doctor and I am grateful to work with such supportive partners and wonderful patients.”

Dr. Zachary Laksman, clinical assistant professor in the department of medicine

Dr. Laksman is a clinical assistant professor in the department of medicine, a cardiac electrophysiologist and the director of St. Paul’s Hospital Atrial Fibrillation Clinic and the Inherited Arrhythmia Clinic. He specializes in the management of heart rhythm disorders including heart rhythm surgeries and devices. Dr. Laksman is a clinician scientist with a specific focus on stem cell disease modelling and drug screening, cardiogenetics and personalized medicine. He is the inaugural Dr. Charles Kerr Distinguished Scholar in Cardiovascular Genetics and holds a Health Professional-Investigator Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

“It really is an overwhelming honour to be recognized along with a phenomenal group of Canadians,” Dr. Laksman said. “It is also a great tribute to the strength of the teams of clinicians, administrators, scientists, students and allied health care professionals I have the distinct privilege to work with everyday.”

Drs. Dunne and Laksman will be honoured at the Top 40 Awards Night Gala in Toronto on Nov. 6, 2019.