Honorary Medical Alumni Award

UBC medical alumni are invited to submit nominations for the 2023 Honorary Medical Alumni Award!

The Honorary Medical Alumni Award recognizes a member of the UBC Faculty of Medicine Community who has made a significant contribution as a committed clinician, teacher, mentor or administrator; thereby advancing the goals of the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

For questions, please contact us at 604-875-5674 or med.alumni@ubc.ca.

Congratulations to our 2022 Honorary Medical Alumni Award Recipient:

Dr. Bonnie Henry

Dr. Bonnie Henry was appointed as Provincial Health Officer for the Province of BC in 2018. As BC’s most senior public health official, Dr. Henry is responsible for monitoring the health of all British Columbians and undertaking measures for disease prevention and control and health protection. Most recently, Dr. Henry has led the province’s response on the COVID-19 pandemic and drug overdose emergency.

Dr. Henry’s experience in public health, preventative medicine and global pandemics has extended throughout her career. Prior to her current role, Dr. Henry was the deputy provincial health officer for three years. She also served as the interim provincial executive medical director of the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) from December 2013 until August 2014.

She was the medical director of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control and Public Health Emergency Management with the BCCDC and medical director for the provincial emerging and vector-borne diseases program, as well as a provincial program for surveillance and control of healthcare associated infections from 2005 to 2014.

Dr. Henry joined Toronto Public Health in 2001 as Associate Medical Officer of Health, where she was responsible for the Emergency Services Unit and the Communicable Disease Liaison Unit. In 2003, she was the operational lead in the response to the SARS outbreak in Toronto. She was a member of the executive team of the Ontario SARS Scientific Advisory Committee.

Dr. Henry is a specialist in public health and preventive medicine and is board certified in preventive medicine in the U.S. She graduated from Dalhousie Medical School and completed a Masters in Public Health in San Diego, residency training in preventive medicine at University of California, San Diego and in community medicine at University of Toronto.

She has worked internationally including with the WHO/UNICEF polio eradication program in Pakistan and with the World Health Organization to control the Ebola outbreak in Uganda.

Dr. Henry is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine. She is the past chair of Immunize Canada and a member of the Canadian National Advisory Committee on Immunization and the National Infection Control Guidelines Steering Committee. She chaired the Canadian Public Health Measures Task Group and was a member of the Infection Control Expert Group and the Canadian Pandemic Coordinating Committee responding to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.

She has been involved with planning, surveillance and response to mass gatherings in Canada and internationally, including with the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. She is also the author of “Soap and Water and Common Sense” a guide to staying healthy in a microbe filled world and “Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe: Four Weeks that Shaped a Pandemic.”

In 2022, Dr. Henry was awarded the Order of British Columbia and the British Columbia Medal of Good Citizenship.


  • Current members of the UBC Medical Alumni Association Board of Directors are not eligible for this award.
  • Nominator must be an alumnus/alumna of the UBC MD undergraduate program or has completed or in the process of completing the UBC post-graduate medical education/residency program.
  • Award(s) may not be nominated posthumously.
  • By definition, this award is not applicable to any individual who received an MD or has completed or in the process of completing the UBC post-graduate medical education/residency program.


The online nomination form consist of 4 sections:

  • Contact information of nominator and nominee
  • Reasoning why the nominee is deserving of the award
  • A summarized curriculum vitae/online biography, maximum 5 pages. Please do not include the full list of publications.
    • Where a curriculum vitae is not easily available to you, the Alumni Engagement Office is happy to assist. Please contact us at med.alumni@ubc.ca.
  • Letter(s) of support, maximum 2 letters. Optional, but encouraged.

Nomination deadline extended: Thursday, March 16, 2023

Only nominations received by the deadline date will be accepted. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.

Award Decisions

Nominations will be reviewed by the UBC MAA Board of Directors after the nomination deadline. The UBC MAA will advise all nominators accordingly.

For questions, please contact Eric Chow at 604-875-5674 or med.alumni@ubc.ca.