Research Excellence

Faculty members in the School of Population and Public Health have been recognized by UBC, provincially, nationally, and internationally for their outstanding scholarship and research excellence. These exceptional faculty members are dedicated to advancing new knowledge that influences health and the quality of life for all.

Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC)

  • Dr. Robert Evans#
  • Dr. Martin Schechter

 
Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS)

  • Dr. Aslam Anis
  • Dr. Morris Barer
  • Dr. Carolyn Gotay
  • Dr. Robert Evans#
  • Dr. Martin Schechter
  • Dr. Jean Shoveller

 
Order of Canada

  • Dr. Clyde Hertzman* (Officer)

 
Order of British Columbia

  • Dr. Martin Schechter

 
# Professor Emeritus
* deceased

Canada Research Chairs
The Canada Research Chairs Program invests $300 million a year to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds.

  • Dr. Erica Frank - Canada Research Chair in Preventive Medicine and Population Health
  • Dr. Jennifer Gardy - Canada Research Chair in Public Health Genomics
  • Dr. Michael Law - Canada Research Chair in Access to Medicines
  • Dr. Gina Ogilvie - Canada Research Chair in Global Control of HPV-Related Disease and Cancer
  • Dr. Martin T. Schechter - Canada Research Chair in HIV/AIDS and Urban Population Health
  • Dr. Annalee Yassi - Canada Research Chair in Global Health and Capacity Building

 
Past

  • Dr. Clyde Hertzman* - Population Health and Human Development
  • Dr. Boris Sobolev - Canada Research Chair in Statistics and Modelling of Health Care

 
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

  • Dr. Mieke Koehoorn - Chair: Gender, Work and Health (2012-2017)
  • Dr. K.S. Joseph - Applied Chair in Reproductive, Child & Youth Health Services & Policy Research (2012-2017)

 
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Public Health Agency of Canada

  • Dr. Jean Shoveller - Applied Public Health Chair in Improving Youth Sexual Health (2008-2013)

 
Canadian Cancer Society

  • Dr. Carolyn Gotay - Canadian Cancer Society Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention

 
Bombardier

  • Dr. Lawrence Frank - UBC Chair (2008-2013)

 
* deceased

KILLAM RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
These awards recognize talented researchers on campus, and recognition at the university level can also lead to similar honours at the national and international level.

  • Dr. Hugh Davies (2011)
  • Dr. Steve Morgan (2011)
  • Dr. Sabrina Wong (2011)

 
UBC KILLAM TEACHING PRIZE
The UBC Killam Teaching Prizes recognize excellence in teaching in the medical and science undergraduate programs, residency programs, school and graduate programs within the Faculty of Medicine.

  • Dr. Craig Mitton received the UBC Killam Teaching Prize (2014-15)
  • Dr. Jane Buxton received the UBC Killam Teaching Prize (2013-14)
  • Dr. Mieke Koehoorn received the UBC Killam Teaching Prize (2012-13)
  • Dr. Karen Bartlett received the UBC Killam Teaching Prize (2011-12)
  • Dr. Patricia Janssen received the UBC Killam Teaching Prize (2009-10)

 

CANADIAN INSTITUTES OF HEALTH RESEARCH (CIHR)
New Investigator
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator award is designed to provide outstanding new investigators with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their independence in initiating and conducting health research.

  • Dr. Nick Bansback (2014)
  • Dr. Chris McLeod (2013)
  • Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes (2013)
  • Dr. Chris Richardson (2011)
  • Dr. Michael Law (2009)

 
CIHR Michael Smith Prize in Health Research - Canada's Health Researcher of the Year

  • Dr. Clyde Hertzman* (2010)

 
MICHAEL SMITH FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH RESEARCH (MSFHR)
Senior Scholar

  • Dr. Mieke Koehoorn (2007-2012)
  • Dr. Louise Mâsse (2006-2016)
  • Dr. Jean Shoveller (2007-2012)

 
Scholar Award

  • Dr. Jennifer Gardy (2016-2021)
  • Dr. Chris McLeod (2016-2021)
  • Dr. Michael Law (2011-2017)
  • Dr. Eugenia Oviedo Joekes (2011-2017)
  • Dr. Jason Sutherland (2011-2017)
  • Dr. George Astrakianakis (2009-2015)
  • Dr. Mariana Brussoni (2009-2015)
  • Dr. Barbara Mintzes (2008-2014)
  • Dr. Chris Richardson (2007-2012)
  • Dr. Craig Mitton (2006-2012)

 
CHILD AND FAMILY RESEARCH INSTITUTE (CFRI)
Investigator Award

  • Dr. Louise Mâsse, (2006-2015)
  • Dr. Patricia Janssen (2006-2016)

 
* deceased
 

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

  • Dr. Steve Morgan received the UBC President's Award for Public Education through Media (2015)
  • Dr. Jennifer Gardy received the UBC President's Award for Public Education through Media (2014)
  • Dr. Michael Brauer received the UBC Innovative Dissemination of Research Award (2010) for the Cycling Metro Vancouver Route Planner
  • Dr. Patricia Janssen received the UBC President's Award for Public Education through Media (2009) for her work in disseminating her home births study findings and contributing to international dialogue on the safety of home births

 
UBC FACULTY OF MEDICINE

  • Dr. Carolyn Gotay received a Distinguished Achievement Award for Service (2016)
  • Dr. Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes received a Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research (2016)
  • Dr. Martin Schechter received a Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence – Senior Faculty (2016)
  • Mr. Michael Marin received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Education (2014)
  • Dr. Jennifer Gardy received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Basic Science Research (2014)
  • Dr. Craig Mitton received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Service to the University and the Community (2014)
  • Dr. Jane Buxton received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Education (2013)
  • Dr. Jean Shoveller received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence - Senior Faculty (2013)
  • Dr. Michael Law received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence - Early Career (2012)
  • Dr. Aslam Anis received the Award for Excellence in Mentoring Early Career Faculty (2011)
  • Dr. Mieke Koehoorn received the Award for Excellence in Mentoring Early Career Faculty (2011)
  • Dr. Michael Brauer received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence (2011)
  • Dr. Mieke Koehoorn received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Service to the University and the Community (2011)
  • Dr. Kay Teschke received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Overall Excellence - Senior Faculty (2010)

 
UBC FACULTY OF SCIENCE

  • Dr. Jennifer Gardy was given a "Public Education about Microbiology through the Media" from the UBC Department of Microbiology & Immunology (2013)

 
PETER WALL INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES

  • Dr. Chris McLeod received Early Career Scholar award (2013)
  • Dr. Michael Law received Early Career Scholar award (2009)

 
UBC LIBRARY

  • Dr. Michael Brauer received UBC Library's Innovative Dissemination of Research Award (2010)

 
SCHOOL OF POPULATION AND PUBLIC HEALTH
The CJG Mackenzie Prize for Excellence in Teaching is awarded for the highest scores on students' evaluations of course teaching in the School of Population and Public Health.

  • Dr. Stirling Bryan (2014)
  • Dr. Chris Lovato (2014)
  • Dr. Michael Law (2013)
  • Dr. Jerry Spiegel (2013)
  • Dr. Chris McLeod (2012)
  • Dr. Craig Mitton (2012)
  • Mr. Mike Marin (2011)
  • Dr. Maureen Mayhew (2011)
  • Dr. Patricia Spittal (2010)
  • Dr. KS Joseph (2010)
  • Dr. David Patrick (2009)
  • Dr. Gary Poole (2009)
  • Dr. Jane Buxton (2008)
  • Dr. Mieke Koehoorn (2008)

 
The Community Medicine Residents' Appreciation Award is given in recognition and acknowledgement of outstanding contribution and achievement to the UBC Community Medicine Residency Program.

  • Dr. Roland Guasparini (2015)
  • Dr. Eric Young (2014)
  • Dr. Paul Hasselback (2013)
  • Dr. Meena Dewar (2012)
  • Dr. Mark Bigham (2011)
  • Dr. Marcus Lem (2010)
  • Dr. Monika Naus (2009)
  • Dr. James Lu (2008)
  • Dr. Ray Copes (2007)
  • Dr. George Povey (2006)
  • Dr. Rick Mathias (2005)
  • Dr. Jane Buxton (2004)

2016

  • Dr. Monika Naus won the 2016 John Waters Memorial Award
  • Dr. Jim Frankish won a BC Community Achievement Award.
  • Dr. Ruth Elwood Martin is the recipient of a Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case.
  • Dr. Paul Kershaw won the Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC).
  • Dr. Nick Bansback was awarded the Maurice McGregor Award, recognizing rising health technology assessment (HTA) stars, from CADTH.
  • Dr. Jennifer Gardy was awarded the Simon Fraser University Outstanding Alumni Award - Rising Star.

 
2015

  • Dr. Jane Buxton won the Ron Draper National Health Promotion Award from the Canadian Public Health Association.
  • Dr. Gina Ogilvie won the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer's Award for Excellence in Public Health.
  • Dr. Erica Frank received the 2015 Drs. Anvar and Pari Velji Emerging Leader in Global Health Innovation Award from CUGH.
  • Dr. Erica Frank won the first ever Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award from the American College of Preventive Medicine.

 
2014

  • Dr. K.S. Joseph has won the Greg Alexander Award for Advancing Public Health Knowledge through Epidemiology and Applied Research. The award is presented by the Coalition for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology.
  • Dr. Jennifer Gardy is the winner of the 2014 YWCA Women of Distinction Award - Technology, Science & Research.
  • Dr. K.S. Joseph is the winner of the 2014 Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER) Mentoring award.
  • Dr. Jim Frankish won the Ron Draper National Health Promotion Award from the Canadian Public Health Association.
  • Dr. Michael Brauer is the first recipient of the Bastable-Potts Asthma Research Prize, presented by the Asthma Society of Canada (ASC).
  • Dr. Michael Brauer received a For Life and Breath Innovation Award, presented by the Asthma Society of Canada (ASC).
  • Adjunct Professor Dr. Farah Shroff, has been awarded "The Spirit of Trent" award, for contributions to society and her alma mater, Trent University.
  • Dr. Sarah Henderson received an award from the University of Tasmania and the Menzies Research Institute to work on methods for assessment of extreme hot weather and forest fire smoke within the Tasmanian context.

 
2013

  • Clinical Professor, Dr. Maureen Mayhew, won the 2013 Research Award from the BC College of Family Physicians.
  • Dr. Jim Frankish and the Vancouver At Home/Chez Soi team won the 2013 BC Health Association Legacy Award.
  • Dr. Rajavel Elango was awarded the Vernon R. Young International Award for Amino Acid Research (American Society for Nutrition)
  • Dr. Clyde Hertzman* received the Diamond Jubilee Medal (Governor General of Canada)
  • Dr. Clyde Hertzman* was awarded the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA) - Champion of Human Services Award
  • Dr. Jean Shoveller received the Institute of Population and Public Health Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

 
2012

  • Dr. John Spinelli was awarded the Simon Fraser University Outstanding Alumni Award for Academic Achievement
  • Dr. Jane Buxton won the James M. Robinson Award for significant contributions to public health (B.C. Health Officers Council and SPPH)
  • Dr. Jane Buxton won the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer's Award for Excellence in Public Health for her "persistent and pioneering work to bring equitable harm reduction services and supplies to all of British Columbia."
  • Dr. Erica Frank received the Director’s Group Award, National Cancer Institute, NIH, for work on physician health
  • Dr. Erica Frank received the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Preventive Medicine
  • Dr. Carolyn Gotay received the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Medal (Governor General of Canada)
  • Dr. Clyde Hertzman* was given the Pickering Award for Outstanding Contribution to Developmental Psychology in Canada
  • Dr. Richard Mathias received the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Medal (Governor General of Canada)
  • Dr. Martin Schechter received the C.P. Shah Alumni Award of Excellence in Public Health (University of Toronto)
  • Dr. Jason Sutherland named as Canadian Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice (Commonwealth Fund)

 
2011

  • Dr. Annalee Yassi received the 2011 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) Top Achievements in Health Research (awarded to the Yassi-Bryce team for their work promoting the health and safety of health workers).
  • Dr. Erica Frank received the Distinguished Service Award (American College of Preventive Medicine)
  • Dr. Clyde Hertzman* was awarded the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institute of Population and Public Health (CIHR-IPPH) and the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) Population and Public Health Research Milestones Award
  • Dr. Carolyn Gotay won the President’s Award from the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL)
  • Dr. Patricia Janssen received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Washington’s School of Public Health
  • Dr. Rosemin Kassam won the Commitment to Care and Service Award for Lifetime Service from Pharmacy Practice and Drugstore Canada
  • Dr. Gary Poole received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
  • Dr. Sam Sheps won the George Elliot Award for lifetime contribution to public health in BC (B.C. Health Officers Council and SPPH)
  • Dr. Jerry Spiegel received the International Award from the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA)

 
2010

  • Drs Morris Barer, Clyde Hertzman*, and Robert Evans were awarded a Population and Public Health Research Milestone Awards for their book, Why Are Some People Healthy and Others Not? The Determinants of Health of Populations (CIHR-IPPH in partnership with CPHA)
  • Dr. Clyde Hertzman* was awarded the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) Honorary Life Membership award
  • Dr. Clyde Hertzman* was awarded the Canadian Institute of Child Health (CICH) National Child Day Award
  • Drs Jean Shoveller and others were awarded a Population and Public Health Research Milestone Awards for developing Canada's Research Base for Harm Reduction and Health Equity Approaches to HIV Prevention and Control (CIHR-IPPH in partnership with CPHA)
  • Drs Jerry Spiegel and Annalee Yassi were awarded a Population and Public Health Research Milestone Awards for their Ecosystem Approaches to Health project (CIHR-IPPH in partnership with CPHA)

 
2009

  • Dr. Erica Frank received the Alumni Achievement Award from the Princeton Day School
  • Dr. Clyde Hertzman* was awarded the Geoffrey C. Robinson Award by the Canadian Pediatric Society
  • Dr. Chris McLeod received a Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Junior Fellowship
  • Dr. Martin Schechter received Norman E. Zinberg Award for Achievement in the Field of Medicine (Drug Policy Alliance)

 
* deceased

2016

  • Estimated cost of universal public coverage of prescription drugs in Canada wins CMAJ Bruce Squires Award.

2015

  • Drs Michael Brauer and Lawrence Frank were named 2016 Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics.

2015

  • Drs. Nick Bansback and Stirling Bryan, along with PhD candidate Logan Trenaman, were winners of the David Sackett Memorial Award from the International Society for Evidence-Based Health Care for their article: "The cost-effectiveness of a decision aid for patients considering total hip or knee arthroplasty: a randomized controlled trial"
  • Clinical faculty member, Dr. Ruth Martin, was chosen as an Outstanding Reviewer for International Journal of Prisoner Health in the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.
  • Dr. Hubert Wong was the 1st Place Winner, Research Abstracts at the 15th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH 2015), New Orleans, USA (co-author).

2014

  • Dr. Hubert Wong was co-author on the paper, "Patient Expectation and Satisfaction as Measures of Surgical Outcome in End-Stage Ankle Arthritis: A Prospective Cohort Study of Ankle Joint Replacement vs Ankle Fusion", which won the 2014 IFFAS Takakura Prize for the best clinical paper presented at the International Federation of Foot & Ankle Societies Triennial Scientific Meeting
  • Dr. Hubert Wong was awarded the 2014 Best Presentation Award at the RCPSC Simulation Summit 2014, Toronto, Canada (co-author).

2013

 
2012

 
2011

  • Dr. Michael Brauer was co-author on the article "Global Estimates of Exposure to Fine Particulate Matter from Satellite-based Aerosol Optical Depth" that was named Paper of the Year by Environmental Science and Technology
  • Dr. Clyde Hertzman* was the Don Dunstan Foundation lecturer for the Australian Institute for Social Research
  • Dr. Clyde Hertzman* was the Peckham Lecturer for the Institute for Child Health, London
  • Dr. Clyde Hertzman* was part of the Royal Society of Canada Governor-General's lecture series

 
2009

  • Dr. Patricia Janssen won the award for Best Oral Abstract – Obstetrics for her presentation "Home vs. Hospital Birth with Registered Midwives and Physicians: Outcomes from Five Years in British Columbia" at The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada’s Annual Clinical Meeting

 
2008

  • Dr. Michael Brauer was awarded the U.S. EPA Scientific and Technological Achievement Award, 2007 (Level III) for “Estimation of Ambient and Nonambient Components of Personal Exposure for a Panel Study in Vancouver, British Columbia.”

 
* deceased

2017

  • Dr. Arminée Kazanjian joins the Health Technology Assessment Committee of the BC Ministry of Health as Scientific Advisor.

 
2016

  • Dr. Patricia Spittal was selected to represent Canada as a leader in Indigenous Health as part of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program on Demand (IVLP).
  • Dr. Kay Teschke was named one of 14 Most Influential Canadians in Cycling, according to Canadian Cycling magazine.

 
2015

  • Dr. Carolyn Gotay named Chair of the Communications Committee for the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
  • Dr. Rachel Murphy was selected to join the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s advisory group.

 
2014

  • Dr. Monika Naus and her team were awarded an Accreditation Canada award for Innovative Leading Practice, for their development of Guidelines and Tools for Reducing Immunization Injection Pain.
  • Dr. Stirling Bryan was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board of CIHR's Institute for Health Services & Policy Research.
  • Dr. Stirling Bryan was elected Chair of the Health Technology Expert Review Panel of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH).
  • Dr. John Spinelli was inducted into the (Vancouver) Italian Community Centre Hall of Fame, Science and Technology section
  • Dr. John Spinelli was elected to the Coordinating Committee of the International Lymphoma Epidemiology Consortium (Interlymph)
  • Dr. Hugh Davies has been appointed to the Expert Panel on Wind Turbine Noise and Human Health, part of the Council of Canadian Academies

 
2013

  • Dr. John Spinelli was named Canadian representative, Scientific Council, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
  • Dr. Jim Frankish was invited to join Vancouver Mayor's Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions
  • Dr. Michael Brauer was selected to UN’s Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) scientific panel
  • Dr. Michael Brauer was appointed to the CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health Advisory Board
  • Dr. Stirling Bryan was appointed as a member of the CIHR Institute Advisory Board for the Institute for Health Services & Policy Research

 
2012

  • Dr. Jane Buxton was appointed as Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's Committee in Public Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Dr. Jennifer Gardy was elected as Chair, Division R (Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology), American Society for Microbiology
  • Dr. Jennifer Gardy was named as one of Genome Technology magazine's Young Investigators
  • Dr. Arminee Kazanjian was named as an International Advisor to the European Collaborative Group on Cancer Survivorship (ECGCS)
  • Dr. Steve Morgan was appointed to the World Health Organization’s Consultative Expert Working Group (CEWG) on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination

 
2009

  • Dr. John Spinelli was elected to the Coordinating Committee of the International Multiple Myeloma Consortium (IMMC)