Alumni Profiles


George, Tom & Michael Iwama
It’s hard to find a family with more UBC degrees then the Iwama’s.  Brothers George, Tom and Michael have seven UBC degrees between them, and when you add in their children and spouses, the total increases to 12!  They all started their post-secondary education at UBC and have all circled back to the University at […] Read More >


Richard Wennberg, BSc ’83, MSc ’89, MD ‘90
  Dr. Richard Wennberg reads brain waves like books. That’s exactly how he aims to understand and treat epilepsy as Professor of Medicine (Neurology) at the University of Toronto and Director of the University Health Network Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory. Wennberg discovered an interest in neurology while pursuing his third degree at UBC. Working and studying […] Read More >


Yarrow McConnell, MD
Dr. Yarrow McConnell is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of British Columbia, a Consulting Surgeon at the BC Cancer Agency, and a Surgical Oncologist and General Surgeon at Vancouver Coastal Health. Her clinical focus is the treatment of peritoneal and other advanced abdominal cancers, including those arising from the appendix, colon, […] Read More >


Steven Narod, MD’79
Dr. Steven Narod is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Breast Cancer and is the Director of the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit at Women’s College Hospital.   He is a Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and is appointed to the Departments of Medicine, Surgery, Pathology […] Read More >


Marco Marra, PhD
Dr. Marra is the UBC Canada Research Chair in Genome Science, and a member of the Order of British Columbia. He is a recipient of a 2013 UBC Killam Research Prize, and a 2012 and 2007 UBC Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Awards. He was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2009; […] Read More >


Linda Rabeneck, MD’74
As the Vice-President, Prevention and Cancer Control, Dr. Rabeneck oversees Cancer Care Ontario’s prevention, screening, research and surveillance programs. Dr. Rabeneck is also a Professor in the Department of Medicine, at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She is also a Senior […] Read More >


Dianne Miller, MD’80
Dr. Dianne Miller is the Division Head of Gynaecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia and a gynaecologic oncologist at Vancouver General Hospital and the BC Cancer Agency. She is also the Provincial Gynaecology Tumor Group Chair for the BCCA, and a member of Vancouver Coastal Health […] Read More >


Peter Lennox, MD’91
Dr. Peter Lennox has a lot of grateful patients. As a top breast reconstruction surgeon in Vancouver, he gives back what was taken during a mastectomy – for the women, his work provides something positive in a dark time. His brave patients keep him galvanized. Respected widely, Lennox remains an innovator, motivator, educator, and someone […] Read More >


Karen Shklanka, MD’88, MFA’12
The similarities between the Argentine Tango and medicine may not be immediately obvious, however Karen Shklanka, MD’88, MFA’12, points out that they two very complementary areas.   Shklanka explains that as a physician, many look to you to take a leadership role in your profession.  As a dancer, she must follow the lead of her partner, […] Read More >


Terence Miranda, MSc’00
The average time it takes an adult to realize they are experiencing hearing loss to them getting help or assistance is approximately 7 years.  It’s fitting then that it took Terence Miranda, MSc’00, almost that long to come into his true passion as an Audiologist. Initially trained as an engineer, Miranda wasn’t finding the job […] Read More >