Wallace Wilson Leadership Award

The annual Wallace Wilson Leadership Award is presented to a graduate who has demonstrated high ethical standards and outstanding leadership to the profession.

Congratulations to the 2020 Wallace Wilson Leadership Award recipients:

Dr. Kenneth Gin, MD’85

Dr. Gin graduated MD at UBC in 1985, and completed his internal medicine and adult cardiology training, followed by an echocardiography fellowship. Appointed by the UBC Department of Medicine and VGH Division of Cardiology in 1992, he achieved the rank of Clinical Professor in 2008. He was Director, UBC Postgraduate Cardiology Program for 10 years until 2009; under his tutelage the program grew from 2 residents to 17. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Gin served as Head of the UBC Division of Cardiology for Vancouver Acute. From 2009 to 2020, he served as Head of the VGH Division of Cardiology and he just accepted the position as the Head of Department of Medicine for Vancouver Acute. As of January 2015, he was appointed as the Regional Program Medical Director for the Regional Cardiac Program.

He has received numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious 2010 UBC Killam Teaching Prize and the 2011 Canadian Cardiovascular Society Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Gin has published over 100 articles. In 2013 he received the Clinical Excellence award from VGH, and in 2015 he received the Faculty of Medicine’s Clinical Faculty Award for Career Excellence in Clinical Teaching. Dr. Gin was elected to Fellowship in the Canadian Cardiovascular Society in 2018. He has sat on the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Executive, and leads the Canadian Journal of Cardiology committee. He is the chair of the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, the largest cardiovascular meeting in Canada for 2018 and 2019.


Dr. Richard Warren, MD’74

Dr. Warren is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of British Columbia in the Division of Plastic Surgery. He is currently Medical Director of the Vancouver Plastic Surgery Center.

Dr. Warren was born and raised in Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada. He attended UBC, doing Mathematics and then Medical School, graduating in 1974. He did a rotating internship in California, then Plastic Surgery Residency at UBC (graduation 1981) followed by a Fellowship in Norfolk Virginia.

He began practice in Vancouver in 1983 and became Head of the Division of Plastic Surgery at UBC from 1992 to 2003. He is a past president of the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons, and he is past director of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

His nonclinical interests focused on resident education and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons where he was Chair of the Plastic Surgery Exam Board and Chairman of the Plastic Surgery Specialty Committee from 2010 to 2014. He was also a Senior Examiner with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Warren has multiple publications, including 15 textbook chapters and a 1000-page textbook on aesthetic plastic surgery. He has given over 500 invited presentations at universities and conferences around the world. He was Section Editor for the Editorial Board of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. He has won numerous awards including the Award of Special Merit from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Outstanding Service Award from the Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons, the President’s Medal from the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery.


  • 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 a current resident/resident graduate of UBC
  • Award(s) may not be nominated posthumously


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.

Should you wish to submit your nomination form and associated documents by e-mail, a PDF-version of the nomination form is available and can be submitted to med.alumni@ubc.ca.

Award nominations open in the winter and are presented at the UBC MAA AGM and Awards Ceremony in the following spring.

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

If you have nominated an individual for the 2020 MAA Awards, please note that nominations will be considered for up to 3 years from the original submission date.

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.