Dr. Winson Cheung Appointed Undergraduate Education Program Director

winson cheung photoIt is with great pleasure that we announce Dr. Winson Cheung’s appointment as the Director of the Department of Medicine’s Undergraduate Education Program effective February 1, 2014.

Dr. Cheung is an Assistant Professor in the UBC Division of Medical Oncology at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver since 2010. Dr. Cheung received his medical degree at UBC, Medical Oncology training at the University of Toronto and subsequently obtained a Masters of Public Health degree at Harvard University. He has been involved in Undergraduate Education leadership since 2012 as the Assessment Director, and is currently the UBC Research Council, Elected Member at Large and the Co-Chair of the BC Cancer Agency GI Cancers Outcomes Research Unit.

His most recent research projects have focused on the emerging area of geriatric oncology, particularly studying the appropriate use of systemic therapy in elderly cancer patients, as well as treatment disparities and cancer survivorship. He is the recipient of numerous accolades including the National Cancer Institute of Canada Dorothy Lamont Award, Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer Investigator Award and several American Society of Clinical Oncology Merit Awards. Dr. Cheung publishes extensively in peer-reviewed journals and enjoys mentoring young trainees, many of whom have gone onto win prizes for research conducted under his supervision.

At this time we would also like to express our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Janet Kushner Kow as she leaves this role to focus on her recent appointment as Division Head for Geriatric Medicine. Over the past decade she has made outstanding contributions to the Department’s Undergraduate portfolio in multiple leadership roles, including being the Director of the Undergraduate Program for the past five years. We feel very fortunate that Dr. Kushner Kow has agreed to continue to contribute to the Undergraduate Program in the role of Assessment Director.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Cheung to his new role.

Graydon S. Meneilly, MD, FRCPC, FACP
Professor and Eric Hamber Chair,Head, UBC Department of Medicine
Physician-in-Chief and Head, Department of Medicine,Vancouver Hospital