Dr. Blake Gilks, 2019 Honorary Medical Alumni Award Recipient

Dr. Blake Gilks

Dr. Blake Gilks is a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He attended University of New Brunswick from 1975-78, receiving his BSc, then graduated from Dalhousie University medical school in 1982 (cum laude) and did a residency in anatomical pathology at the University of British Columbia, followed by fellowships in gynecological pathology and molecular pathology at Massachusett’s General Hospital and Fox Chase Cancer Center, in Boston and Philadelphia, respectively.

Dr. Gilks leads a research program focused on gynecological cancers and is co-founder of OvCaRe, a multidisciplinary team studying ovarian cancer. He is also co-founder and co-director of the Canadian Immunohistochemistry Quality Control program, which provides proficiency testing for Canadian diagnostic immunohistochemistry laboratories. Dr. Gilks is past-president of the International Society of Gynecological Pathology. He has received awards for both his teaching and research, and has been an author on more than 400 peer-reviewed research publications. He is recognized internationally for his work on improving diagnosis of gynecological cancers, and has been a contributor to the major pathology reference textbooks, including the last three editions of the WHO Classification of Tumours of the Female Reproductive Tract. He has in the past been medical director of laboratories and department head for the Deptartment of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Vancouver Coastal Health.

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