Dr. Pippa Hawley, B. Med, FRCPC (PM)
Guest panel speaker, Dr. Pippa Hawley, completed Internal Medicine training in New Zealand in 1986 after completing medical school and internship in England. She moved to Vancouver to work with Julio Montaner in HIV research, then completed Canadian Internal Medicine certification in Vancouver, including a 2-year self-directed Palliative Medicine fellowship. In 1997, she set up the Pain and Symptom Management/Palliative Care Program for the BC Cancer Agency and remains its medical leader. She is the first accredited Royal College Palliative Medicine specialist in BC, under Founder status. Dr. Hawley is a Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Medicine and is the Head of the UBC Division of Palliative Care.
Dr. Hawley has research interests in many areas of supportive and palliative care, including the assessment and management of opioid-induced constipation, management of severe cancer pain with lidocaine infusions, methadone for analgesia, and the integration of palliative care into oncology. She is currently working on a study protocol looking at the effects of medicinal cannabis extracts for cancer-related symptoms.
Dr. Hawley will be the featured panelist in the Research Day 2019 Panel Discussion, entitled "Medical Cannabis Research: A Patient-Centred Approach".