Dr. Paula Gordon Awarded the Order of British Columbia

Congratulations to Dr. Paula Gordon, innovative breast cancer screening researcher and Medical Director of BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre’s Breast Health Program, on her appointment to the Order of British Columbia.
Thirteen British Columbians who have contributed to the province in extraordinary ways will be appointed to the Order of British Columbia, Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon, Chancellor of the Order, announced on July 31, 2013.

“The Order of British Columbia is the province’s most prestigious accolade and is an official part of the Canadian Honours System,” said Guichon. “It is an opportunity to publicly recognize those who have dedicated themselves to bettering the lives of their fellow citizens. These recipients exemplify the positive difference one person can make in a community and are an inspiration to all British Columbians.”

“The Order of British Columbia recognizes remarkable accomplishments by extraordinary British Columbians,” said Premier Christy Clark. “This year’s recipients have each made a difference in their communities and to the province. On behalf of all British Columbians, I want to thank them for their dedication - and all they do to make B.C. better.”

Dr. Paula Gordon is one of Canada’s leading experts in breast cancer detection and diagnosis and a world expert in the field.

As a leading evidence-based advocate for breast cancer screening and early detection, her work has helped to lead to a marked decline in breast cancer deaths. As one of the early explorers of the use of breast ultrasound, she was a pioneer in the use of ultrasound-guided fine needle biopsies to determine whether a lesion was malignant or benign. Her technique reduced the need for surgery by using a small needle and local anesthesia.

Dr. Gordon’s research and clinical service in B.C. started almost 30 years ago when she moved here at the completion of her radiology training. She has been a tireless teacher, respected researcher and a great clinician. She was instrumental in supporting the development of the mammography screening program in British Columbia. She has been key to the establishment of a Breast Health Fellowship at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre. Practicing radiologists from around the province come to enhance their skills by working directly with Dr. Gordon and other experts.

She has worked with the BC Women’s Foundation and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to raise funds for the Sadie Diamond Breast Imaging Centre. Outside her professional arena, she has served several years as a director of the Canucks for Kids Fund. Her many awards include a Killam Teaching Award from UBC in 2011 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Dr. Gordon pioneers the newest applications of technology and her diagnostic expertise brings a new advantage to breast cancer diagnosis in British Columbia.

Dr. Gordon and the other recipients will receive the honour at a ceremony in the fall. 


[Article source: BC Government News Room.]