To: Medical Staff, VCH and PHC
Senior Leadership Team, VCH & PHC
From: Dr. J. Patrick O'Connor
Vice President, Medicine
Dr. Ronald G. Carere
Vice President, Medical Affairs
On behalf of Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Blake Gilks to the to the roles of Regional Head, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, VCH and PHC and Regional Program Medical Director, Laboratory Medicine, VCH. The appointment has been approved by the VCH and PHC Boards effective February 22, 2017.
Dr. Gilks graduated from Anatomical Pathology residency training at the University of British Columbia in 1988 and subsequently from Molecular Pathology fellowship training from the Fox Chase Cancer Centre, Philadelphia in 1991.
Dr. Gilks worked as a Pathologist at UBC Hospital and moved to Vancouver General Hospital where he has been since 2001. He has been a Professor in the UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine since 2005.
Additionally, he has been the Associate Medical Director of Laboratories and Anatomic Pathology Division Head, Vancouver General Hospital from 2010-2014 as well as from 2006-2009. Dr. Gilks has also been the Co-Director of the Canadian Immunohistochemistry Quality Control Program since 2007. He is president of the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists, and has authored more than 350 peer-reviewed publications and multiple textbook chapters.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Gilks to his new roles where he will lead the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Department Executive Council in coordinating quality improvement, physician performance enhancement and human resource planning for VCH & PHC.