For 18 years, Dr. Wee Shian Chan has single-mindedly pursued her passion – researching and treating medical complications in women. In that time, Dr. Chan has amassed expertise in an extraordinary range of women’s health issues and has become one of the world’s preeminent authorities on thrombosis in pregnancy. Now, as Head of BC Women’s Department of Medicine, Dr. Chan is advancing health care for women – from maternity to maturity. “BC Women’s is primed to take a leadership role in women’s health across Canada,” says Dr. Chan. “I see one of my roles as being able to harness the collective strength of all our physicians’ expertise here and work together as a team to provide the very best care for women throughout their lives.” As a clinician and also the Lead of BC Women’s Obstetrical Medicine Group, Dr. Chan will continue her research and clinical practice in the diagnosis and treatment of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in pregnancy – the leading preventable cause of maternal death as well as in other areas relating to reducing maternal morbidity and mortality.
“My passion for research, teaching and clinical care comes from my desire to help patient navigate through pregnancy as seamlessly as possible, one-at-a-time” says Dr. Chan. “My greatest joy is to be able to do this with my heart in charge.”
Written by Ann Collette
Photography by Robert Lyons