VCH Medical Staff Hall of Honour, 2021 inductees

Dr Victoria Bernstein, Dr Anthony W. Chow, Dr Allan D. McKenzie, Dr Frank P. Patterson, and Dr Gordon L. Phillips
Dr Victoria Bernstein, Dr Anthony W. Chow, Dr Allan D. McKenzie, Dr Frank P. Patterson, and Dr Gordon L. Phillips

Five doctors, all pioneers in their specialties, have been inducted into the VCH Medical Staff Hall of Honour for 2021.

Dr Victoria Bernstein, clinical professor of medicine, award-winning cardiologist, outstanding educator, and pioneer for women in cardiology. Dr Bernstein was an organizational leader in cardiology and medicine at VGH/UBC Hospital and for 30 years was the only woman cardiologist at VGH/UBC Hospital.

Dr Anthony W. Chow, professor of medicine and founding head of the Division of Infectious Diseases. An outstanding researcher, Dr Chow published over 430 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and has won many prestigious awards. He is also an inductee of the Brandon University Alumni Wall of Fame.

Dr Allan D. McKenzie (1917–1992), professor of surgery and past head of the Department of Surgery, UBC. Dr McKenzie was well recognized nationally and internationally for his clinical and academic contributions to the specialty. Dr McKenzie’s heroism during World War II was also noteworthy. While he was a volunteer regimental medical officer, his regiment came under heavy enemy fire in Holland. For his efforts to aid wounded soldiers under gunfire, he was awarded the Military Cross, a military decoration for valor within the British Empire second only to the Victoria Cross at the time.

Dr Frank P. Patterson (1915–2002), professor of surgery, past head of the Division of Orthopaedics, and past head of the Department of Surgery. Dr Patterson followed the footsteps of his esteemed father, VGH’s first orthopaedic surgeon. Dr Patterson served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II and became one of the preeminent orthopaedic surgeons in the province after the war, receiving many accolades. He was also a surgical historian and published a book on the history of surgery at VGH.

Dr Gordon L. Phillips, recruited from the United States. Dr Phillips developed the VGH Bone Marrow Transplant Unit for the province of BC, created the necessary infrastructure to support the unit, and created training programs and protocols associated with the unit. Recognized by the Vancouver Medical, Dental and Allied Staff Association for “bringing clinical renown to VGH” in 1989, Dr Phillips has provided hope to many patients with hematologic malignancies, which had previously been regarded as fatal conditions. Under his leadership, the VGH Bone Marrow Transplant Unit became one of the most successful in the country.
—Eric M. Yoshida, OBC, MD, FRCPC
Hall of Honour Committee Chair
President VMDAS
—Stephen Nantel, MD, FRCPC
Hall of Honour Committee Member
—Marshall Dahl, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Past President VMDAS
—Risham Thind
Administrative Assistant VMDAS
—Simon W. Rabkin, MD, FRCPC
Past President VMDAS
—Alison Harris, MD, FRCPC
Vice President VMDAS

Eric M. Yoshida, OBC, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, Stephen Nantel, MD, FRCPC, Marshall Dahl, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Risham Thind, Simon W. Rabkin, MD, FRCPC, FACC, Alison C. Harris, MBChB, FRCR, FRCPC,. VCH Medical Staff Hall of Honour, 2021 inductees. BCMJ, Vol. 63, No. 10, December, 2021, Page(s) 411-412 - News.



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