Dr. Philippa Hawley, B.Med., F.R.C.P.C.

Division Head of Palliative Care

℅ Department of Medical Oncology, Vancouver Centre – BC Cancer Agency 600 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4E6 | Phone: 604.806.9686 ext: 64942| Fax: 604.806.9643

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 the 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, M.D., C.C.F.P. (PC), M.Ed.

Program Director: Palliative Medicine Residency Program, UBC
Clinical Assistant Professor

Hospice Palliative Care Consultant, Fraser Health Authority, BC

Charlie is a palliative care consultant working at the Royal Columbian Hospital and in the New Westminster community. He is a also a Clinical Assistant Professor in UBC’s 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.

 Dr. Julia Ridley, B.Sc., M.D., C.C.F.P. (PC), M.Ed.

Research Director

Julia is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC, working at the BC Cancer Agency.  She trained in the Family Medicine and Palliative Care residencies at UBC, then went on to complete a M.Ed in Adult Learning and Higher Education at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include pain and symptom assessment and management, patient education, and communication skills training.


 Kathryn Inman

Administrative Assistant

℅ St John Hospice, 6389 Stadium Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4 | Phone: 604.806.9686 ext: 64941 | Fax: 604.806.9643

Kathryn joined the Division of Palliative Care in January 2014. She is an 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.

Chloe Yeh

Administrative Assistant

℅ St John Hospice, 6389 Stadium Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4 | Phone: 604.806.9686 ext: 64933 | Fax: 604.806.9643

Chloe recently joined the team on a part time basis, and can usually be found in the office on Fridays. From the one and only, Vancouver, she is currently studying psychology and computer science full time.