Dr. Dorothy Shaw Named as VP medical affairs, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre

It is our pleasure to announce that effective July 1, 2011, Dr. Dorothy Shaw will be joining the BC Women's Executive Team in the role of Vice President, Medical Affairs. She brings a wealth of experience to this position at all fronts – locally, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Shaw was named as Canada's spokesperson for the G8/G20 for The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) in 2010, a global health partnership that joins the maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) communities into an alliance of more than 300 members to ensure that all women, infants and children not only remain healthy, but thrive.

The Women's Executive Network named her as one of Canada's 100 most powerful women. Dr. Shaw was recognized for being the first woman president of the International Federation of Gynecology & Obstetrics, (FIGO). She is a Past President of the Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Canada, the youngest person ever to lead that organization in this role.

Dr. Shaw received her medical degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1972 and her Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1978. She joined the UBC Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 1979 after a fellowship in Perinatal Genetics with a cross appointment in Medical Genetics.

She has held various positions in the UBC Faculty of Medicine including Senior Associate Dean, Professional Affairs; Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs; Associate Dean for Equity and the university's Acting Associate Vice President for Equity. She is a clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Medical Genetics.

At the home front, Dr. Shaw is known to many of us having held key leadership roles at BC Women's Hospital from 1991, mostly in the Diagnostic Ambulatory Program where she was the Medical Director from 2000-2003. She was also the first chair of the combined Medical advisory Committee of BC Women's and BC Children's Hospitals.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Shaw to the BC Women's Executive Team and look forward to her leadership as VP Medical Affairs.