UBC Department of Medicine Faculty inducted as Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Two Department of Medicine Faculty members are among six UBC Faculty members who have been inducted as Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Induction into the CAHS as a Fellow is considered one of the highest honours within Canada’s academic community. CAHS Fellows, who serve as unpaid volunteers, are nominated by their institutions and peers and selected in a competitive process based on their internationally recognized leadership, academic performance, scientific creativity and willingness to serve.

Please join us in congratulating Department of Medicine Faculty members Dr. Dermot Kelleher (Gastroenterology) and Dr. Karen Gelmon (Medical Oncology) on this wonderful achievement

Citations courtesy of CAHS


Dr. Kelleher is an accomplished academic leader with an international reputation. His initial academic contribution as a gastroenterologist produced a lengthy record of publication, creation of new commercial entities and a strong clinical impact. His leadership has produced unique research collaborations amongst Universities in Dublin and London. He has launched a new medical school in Singapore. He is a founding Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and former President of the Federation of European Academies of Medicine. Since coming to Canada he has
demonstrated strong academic leadership in British Columbia and Canada.




Dr. Karen Gelmon is Professor of Medical Oncology at the BC Cancer Agency and the University of British Columbia. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her many contributions to the development of novel treatments for breast cancer including paclitaxel, trastucumab (Herceptin), olinarib, palbociclib, lapatinib, and pertuzumab, as well as investigational new drugs for other malignancies. She has championed the importance of better translational research connecting lab and clinical researchers. Scientist, community leader, humanitarian and teacher, Karen Gelmon has fundamentally expanded our understanding of the science of cancer while advancing the art and humanity of patient care.