Professionalism and Wellness Committee

Members of Professionalism and Wellness Committee for the Department of Radiology

Dr. Silvia Chang, Vice Chair Professionalism & Wellness

Dr. Chang is Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Professionalism and Wellness in the Department of Radiology at the University of British Columbia. She is also the Division Head of Abdominal Imaging in the Department of Radiology at Vancouver General Hospital and the Abdominal Imaging Fellowship Director. Wellness continues to become an important growing issue affecting many institutions including our own UBC Radiology community. As Chair of the UBC Department of Radiology Wellness Committee, Dr. Chang is proud and grateful to work with such an enthusiastic and caring group of individuals. She looks forward to this opportunity to work with this Committee on wellness initiatives and promote a respectful workplace for all members of UBC Radiology Department. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, biking and travelling. Her favourite vacation spot so far is the Maldives. Fun fact: she is a certified scuba diver.

Dr. Joshua Burrill, Radiologist Royal Columbian Hospital

I am an Interventional Radiologist at Royal Columbian Hospital. I trained in the UK and came to Vancouver 12 years ago for two fellowships, met my wife here, a child psychiatrist, and stayed. The challenges of a work-life balance are complicated by family, colleagues and the individual need to find the time to rest/reenergize/stay fit. I am interested in working with the group to look at the wellness challenges faced by both diagnostic and interventional radiologists to see what we can do to improve quality of work and therefore quality of life for our colleagues.

Dr. Sammy Chu, Radiologist BC Cancer

I am a radiologist at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver. Even before the pandemic, clinicians and scientists were facing substantial challenges. After two years of COVID, the pressures continue to mount, affecting all aspects of our lives–social, financial, and vocational. I would like to hear the problems that everyone is facing, and see if we can come up with ideas to help make work and learning just a little bit easier.

Dr. Brenda Farnquist, Radiologist, Kelowna General Hospital

I am a practicing radiologist in Kelowna, have been here for 9 years. I am the current Medical Director for MI at KGH. Trained at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital with MSK and Women’s Imaging Fellowships. I am also on the EDI committee and president elect of the BCRS.
I have a nearly 4 year old daughter, love to cycle and run, and have an interest in physician wellness.

Dr. Sam Gerrie, Radiologist, BCCH

Dr. Gerrie graduated from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2005. She did her radiology registrar training in Auckland followed by a fellowship year in pediatric radiology at Starship Children’s Hospital and Middlemore Hospital in Auckland in 2016. She then completed a one year general pediatric radiology fellowship in 2017 followed by a 6 month fellowship in pediatric neuroradiology in 2018, both at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She currently works as a staff pediatric radiologist at BC Children’s Hospital in both pediatric body imaging and neuroradiology. Her special interests include neurometabolic imaging, neurooncology, fetal MRI, neonatal imaging and ultrasound. She is actively involved in fellow/resident teaching and research with a focus on neonatal imaging and ultrasound.

Dr. Sharon Gershony, Pediatric Nuclear Radiologist, BCCH

I have worked at BC Children’s Hospital since 2019 as a pediatric nuclear radiologist and prior to that I completed my MD, as well as my Radiology and Nuclear Medicine residency programs at UBC.
At work, I am committed to improving nuclear radiology imaging in children and feel it is an honor and privilege to work at BC Children’s Hospital.
I try to balance this with my very busy home life, which includes caring for my wonderful (and energetic!) 3 children aged 5 and under, and my two dogs.
I believe that supporting wellness and professionalism in the workplace is crucial for both allied health care professionals as well as ensuring best patient care.

Dr. Urvi Joshi, Radiologist, Royal Columbian and Burnaby Hospitals

Urvi is a nuclear medicine physician who practices at Royal Columbian and Burnaby Hospitals. She completed medical school at the University of Saskatchewan, residency at McGill University and fellowship/PhD at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She has also held faculty appointments at the University of Ottawa and McGill University. She currently sits on the Physician Wellness Committees at Burnaby and Royal Columbian Hospitals as well the Fraser Health Regional Committee. Having personally experienced burnout, bullying and medical limitations, she is a passionate advocate for physician wellness and especially for trainees, who experience more stresses and who are more vulnerable. Her area of interest/research involves mind-body practices to improve physician wellness in addition to resident wellness. When she’s not working, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, kayaking, downhill/backcountry skiing, glacier mountaineering, playing piano and learning to play the guitar!

Dr. Corree Laule, PhD, Associate Professor

Dr. Corree Laule, PhD, Associate Professor
I am an MRI physicist with an academic faculty appointment in Radiology and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. My research focuses on brain and spinal cord imaging. In my spare time I like to garden, run, cook tasty vegetarian and vegan food, and play with our bunny Muffin. We all spend so much of our lives working – I believe actively supporting Professionalism and Wellness related initiatives in our department is crucial for ensuring our work environment is a positive space for everyone.

Dr. Tanya Martin, Radiologist, BC Cancer

Tanya (Tetyana) Martin, BSc, MD, FRCPC
Completed Dalhousie medical school in Halifax, NS, followed by fellowships in Breast Imaging and ER/Trauma Radiology at UBC in Vancouver.
Currently a staff at BC Cancer Vancouver and Associate staff at Vancouver General Hospital.
Professional interests include UBC radiology residency training and global outreach.
Strong proponent of early and structured professionalism training in medicine.

Dr. Anvita Pauranik, Radiologist, BCCH

I am a Pediatric Neuroradiologist at the BC Children’s Hospital, Clinical lead for the division of Neuroradiology, Assistant Professor of Radiology at UBC. Having worked as Pediatric Neuroradiologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and now at the busy BC Children’s Hospital, I have been in the quest for various mindfulness techniques that may help me navigate the challenging worlds of Academic Radiology and a budding Family life.

At work, I am passionate about protocol development, in an effort to streamline our provincial pediatric neuroimaging, improving efficacy while retaining quality and building a strong core team at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Away from work, I enjoy hiking and biking with my family. We have a 5 year old daughter who amuses us everyday with her thoughtfulness and charm.

Dr. Patel Roshni

Dr. Talia Vertinsky, Radiologist, VGH

I am a full time clinical neuroradiologist, associate professor of radiology at UBC, radiologist for the UBC MRI research centre, Chief Financial Officer of Vancouver Imaging and mother of two young children. I have hobbies, including yoga, dance and jiu jitsu and I enjoy time with friends and family. I chose an academic career because of a strong interest in research and enjoyment of the challenge and stimulation of teaching and working in new and changing environments. I enjoy the contrast and balance between my rewarding career and home life. I feel that work and home life can exist in harmony and enhance and enrich each other when we find the proper balance for ourselves and embrace wellness practices.

Dr. Joanna Yuen, UBC Radiology Resident

Joanna is a current PGY2 resident in the UBC Diagnostic radiology program. In addition to previous volunteer work in mental health and mentoring, she served as the treasurer for a province-wide medical school conference emphasizing health and wellness. She hopes to contribute a resident perspective to the wellness committee.