Obstetrics & Gynecology

Endowed Research Chairs

Dr. Radha Chari

 

Department Chair for Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Alberta
Zone Clinical Department Head Women's Health, Edmonton, Alberta Health Services

Dr. Radha Chari’s multidisciplinary research addresses a wide range of challenges in the field of maternal-fetal medicine. Her diverse research interests and collaborative approach underline her desire to deliver translational solutions in women’s health.

As the Women’s Health Zone leader for the central Alberta region, Dr. Chari is focused on tackling the health issues her patients face everyday. Challenges such as high-risk pregnancy, preterm pre-labour rupture of membranes (PPROM), and a variety of perinatal and pediatric ailments are at the fore of her research mandates. In addition to her role with Alberta Health Services (AHS), she serves as Academic Chair in UAlberta’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and holds the role of Vice President for the Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology of Canada (SOGC).

Currently, Dr. Chari is collaborating with researchers and specialists in the fields of neonatology, pediatrics, and basic science, as well as with members from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. Her team of experts represent zones from across Alberta, northern British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories.


Dr. Sue Ross

 

Cavarzan Chair in Mature Women's Health Research
Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Since 2012, Dr. Sue Ross has been at the helm of the Carvazan Chair in Mature Women’s Health Research. Working in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team, she leads a Canada-wide research mandate in the management of menopausal symptoms, pelvic floor disorders and pelvic organ prolapse. With the increase of an aging population in Canada’s near future, there is a growing demand for translational solutions for this demographic.

Dr. Ross’s focus is on improving the patient experience, and seeks to ensure the safety and efficacy of treatments available to mature women. Thus far, Dr. Ross has led various clinical trials for the treatment of pelvic floor disorders. She is now focused on determining the prevalence and impact of such disorders using national data obtained by family physicians from across Canada. Dr. Ross also works with local menopause clinics to expand upon the factors that contribute to mature women's wellness, including a measure of their quality of life and of the impact of menopause on their lives.

By increasing the type and quality of treatment options available to mature women, Dr. Ross hopes to empower women to select treatments best suited to their particular physical, emotional and psychological needs. Although writing and research are at the fore for this Chair, Dr. Ross cites her everyday interactions with patients and clinicians at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women as being an instrumental to her research success.


Dr. Lynne Postovit

 

Sawin-Baldwin Chair in Ovarian Cancer
Lois Hole Hospital for Women

Dr. Postovit has been been invested in this research Chair position since 2013. She also holds a research position with the Cancer Institute of Northern Alberta and is the Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions Translational Health Chair in Cancer.

With a background in cell biology and anatomy, Dr. Postovit’s work concentrates on the study of ovarian and metastatic breast cancers. More specifically, her work seeks to discover the environmental factors that support a tumour’s progression. Detecting ovarian cancer early is a primary focus for her research team. By identifying biomarkers that signal the early onset of this cancer, Dr. Postovit hopes to identify and treat the disease in stage one or two instead of in the last two stages, which is when this cancer usually appears.

Motivated by her desire to make a difference in the lives of her patients, Dr. Postovit brings passion and immediacy to this cause. By detecting cancer as early as possible, patients can move swiftly towards treatment and healing.