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 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.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Program Director, Palliative Medicine Subspecialty Residency Program, Royal College Subspecialty PD, UBC
Clinical Assistant Professor

Julia is a Palliative Medicine physician, with experience working in BC and Ontario. She completed the Year of Added Competency in Palliative Care at UBC, after completing a Family Medicine Residency, and has worked in acute care, outpatient clinics and as a consultant in Palliative Care since 2008. She has a Master’s in Education from the University of Toronto, and as previous research lead for the division, has interests in research on education, communication and symptom management. She is currently working in the Pain and Symptom Management/Palliative Care Program at BC Cancer, as well as a Medical Advisor for the BC Centre for Palliative Care. She joined UBC as Program Director for the Royal College Sub-specialty Palliative Medicine Program in 2019.

Rose Hatala, MD, MSc

Research Director

Dr. Rose Hatala is a general internist and palliative care physician at St. Paul’s Hospital and a Professor in the Department of Medicine. She completed her clinical training, as well as her MSc focused on educational research, at McMaster University and was clerkship director for internal medicine. She came to UBC in 2003 and was the Associate Program Director for the UBC internal medicine residency program from 2005-2015. Since September 2015, she is the Director of CHES’ Clinical Educator Fellowship. She has extensive front-line experience as a clinical educator for undergraduate and postgraduate learners, in addition to her experience with both in-training and high-stakes assessment methods.



 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. She is currently continuing her studies at UBC focusing on psychology and computer science.