UBC faculty of medicine’s Drs. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Gina Ogilvie and Anita Palepu are among 74 new Fellows elected into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) for 2021.
Election to Fellowship in the CAHS is considered one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community.
“I would like to personally congratulate all the applicants that were elected as a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences for 2021. This recognition is a reflection of their dedication and excellence in their field,” said Dr. Proton Rahman, Chair of the Fellowship Committee. “We look forward to having their expertise further enrich the work of our Academy.”
Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Dr. Liu-Ambrose is a Canada Research Chair in the area of healthy aging. She is known internationally for her work on the effect of exercise on cognitive and mobility outcomes in older adults.
Her research findings have been implemented in health authorities, translated into a provincial-wide program, and influenced international practice guidelines to promote healthy aging. She has held numerous leadership roles, including Director of the Vancouver General Hospital Falls Prevention Program, co-director of the Centre for Hip Health, and site lead for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.
Dr. Gina Ogilvie, Professor, School of Population and Public Health
Dr. Ogilvie is a globally-recognized leader in the field of women’s reproductive and sexual health, with a particular expertise in cervical cancer. Her team’s research has shaped global policy as the world strives to eliminate cervical cancer, including guiding policies on HPV vaccine dosing and optimal screening approaches for cervical cancer.
She is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Control of HPV related cancers, and has received global recognition for her work and contributions, including YWCA Women of Distinction (2018) and American STD Association Achievement Award (2020).
Dr. Anita Palepu, Professor and Eric W. Hamber Chair and Head, Department of Medicine
Dr. Palepu’s outstanding contributions to research on the utilization of health services and the health status of vulnerable populations have had an immeasurable impact on improving health outcomes of marginalized patients living in urban settings.
Her renowned dedication to teaching, mentoring, justice, equity and diversity is exemplified in every aspect of her scholarship, clinical care, service to the academic community, to the departments she leads, and to the patients whose lives she touches.
A version of this story appeared on the CAHS website.