PippaPippa Hawley, B.Med., FRCPC

Division Head of Palliative Care

℅ Department of Medical Oncology, Vancouver Centre -BC Cancer Agency 600 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4E6 | Phone: 604.877.6000 ext: 2707 | Fax: 604.877.0585

Pippa came to Canada from the UK via New Zealand, and became a Palliative Medicine specialist via a roundabout route, including some clinical HIV research in Vancouver in the early ‘90s, 2 Internal Medicine residencies, and a self-directed 2 yr fellowship including 6 months working with Prof. Geoff Hanks, the first professor of palliative medicine in Bristol, England . Pippa started the BC Cancer Agency’s Pain & Symptom Management/Palliative Care Program (PSMPC) in 1997. Pippa is medical leader of the Provincial PSMPC Program and of the Vancouver team, doing mainly outpatient clinic consultations. Pippa’s research interests include the assessment and treatment of symptoms such as oral mucositis, delirium and constipation;  and she is currently carrying out RCTs on management of opioid-induced constipation and lidocaine infusions for cancer-related pain. She is also leading the drive for early integration of palliative care into oncology in BC, and the creation of an academic palliative care network in BC.

Dr Charlie Chen MD, CCFP, MEd

Director: Year of Added Competency in Palliative Medicine

Charlie is a palliative care consultant working at the Royal Columbian Hospital and In New Westminster community and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC, Department of Medicine. He is originally trained as a family physician and underwent a six month palliative care fellowship. Having spent many years as a half time family doctor and half time palliative care consultant, he now devotes full time to palliative care – as a clinician, educator, and advocate. He completed a Masters of Education degree in 2014. A leader in Advance Care Planning, he sits on Provincial and National task forces to promote patient-centred care. Along with his duties as the Program Director for the palliative medicine residents, he is also the physician education lead for the End of Life Care Program at Fraser Health.

Gillian Fyles

Gillian Fyles, MD

Research Director

℅ Centre for the Southern Interior,BC Cancer Agency 399 Royal Avenue,Kelowna, BC V1Y 5L3 | Phone: 250.712.3994

Dr. Gillian FyIes is the Medical Leader of the Pain and Symptom Management/ Palliative Care Program (PSMPC) at the BC Cancer Agency’s Centre for the Southern Interior (CSI) in Kelowna and the Research Leader – Oncology Palliative Care for the BC Cancer Agency. She is the Co-Medical Director of the Kelowna Palliative Response Team and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Fyles is the Faculty Research Director and Supervisor for the UBC Special Program in Palliative Medicine. She is a co-investigator on a number of national and provincial research studies and is an active member of the Sociobehaviourial Cancer Research Network Palliative Team, led by Dr. Robin Cohen. She is a member of the Executive of the NCIC Clinical Trials Group Symptom Control Committee and the co-leader, with Dr Vickie Baracos of the Alberta Cancer Board, of the Research Group of the joint Alberta – BC Hospice Palliative Care Partnership. Dr. Fyles’ research interests include pain and symptom management and quality of life, the development of cost-effective models of care for palliative patients and their families, and knowledge translation, especially in rural communities.


Kathryn Inman

Administrative Assistant

℅ St John Hospice, 6389 Stadium Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Kathryn Inman joined the Division of Palliative Care in January of 2014. She is Administrative Assistant to Dr. Philippa Hawley. Originally a teacher from the UK, Kathryn comes from a varied and diverse background with a passion for palliative care in BC.