Dr. Dorothy Shaw
An outspoken advocate of women’s sexual and reproductive health, Dr. Dorothy Shaw, VP Medical Affairs is taking her message global and championing international collaboration.
For obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Dorothy Shaw, advancing maternal and newborn health has long lit the path of her distinguished career. As VP Medical Affairs at BC Women’s Hospital, Shaw applies her expertise to mentoring new medical leaders. Shaw is also a driving force behind a team-building and skill development initiative at BC Women’s designed to improve communication and streamline processes for care teams and involve patients. “Clear, respectful communication across all care team members is critical to reducing complications,” says Shaw, whose staff practise team-based communication using simulation technology. “We know that saving steps is critical when you have a baby or mom in trouble where seconds can count.” Shaw, former president of the International Federation of Gynecologists and Obstetricians, recently served as inaugural chair of the Canadian Network for Maternal Newborn Child Health, bringing together more than 100 Canadian organizations with global ties to find ways to reduce preventable deaths in women and newborns. “Every time we get together magic happens,” says Shaw proudly. “It’s gratifying to see how our collaborative work is making a difference to women and families not just here at BC Women’s, but worldwide.”
Written by Ann Collette
Photography by Robert Lyons