Our Team

We are an interdiscplinary team of health professionals and are proud to offer patient and family-centred care to our patients living with CF.

Dr Pearce Wilcox, CF Clinic Medical Director

Dr Wilcox graduated from Medical School at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1980. He completed training in Internal Medicine at the University of Western Ontario followed by a fellowship in Respirology at the University of British Columbia.  Thereafter he pursued research training in the areas of Ventilatory Muscle abnormalities supervised by Dr Richard Pardy at UBC and Dr Ludwig Engel in Sydney, Australia and in Respiratory Sleep Disorders supervised by Dr John Fleetham at UBC.

Dr Wilcox became a UBC Faculty member in 1988 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at UBC.  His clinical activities include general Respirology with a focus on Cystic Fibrosis and on Pulmonary manifestations of Connective Tissue Disorders. He is the Medical Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at UBC and also the co-Director of the UBC Scleroderma Respiratory Clinic.  In addition Dr Wilcox is the Medical Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory for Providence Health Care in Vancouver.

Dr Wilcox’s academic activities include an active participation in the Undergraduate Teaching Program in the Department of Medicine and he has received several teaching awards in recognition of this. He is involved in clinical research, largely in the areas of Cystic Fibrosis and Interstitial Lung disease and has over 50 publications in peer reviewed journals. Dr Wilcox is the coordinator of the UBC Annual Respirology Meeting and has been appointed as the Scientific Program Chair for the Canadian Thoracic Society.  He is very involved in Continuing Medical Education presentations locally and nationally.

Dr. Bradley Quon, MD, MSc, MBA, FRCPC

Dr. Quon is a CF physician and researcher. He received his medical degree at McGill University and completed both Internal Medicine and Respirology training at the University of British Columbia. Following completion of his clinical training, he undertook two years of clinical research training in CF at the University of Washington.

In collaboration with the CF team, Dr. Quon is committed to optimizing the health and quality of life of individuals with CF. To help achieve this goal, he has a mandate to ensure investigator-led research studies and clinical trials are seamlessly integrated into the clinic with the hope that discoveries will directly translate into improved patient care. His research focuses on three main themes: 1) Translational Research: to discover a simple blood test that reflects lung disease activity to aid in diagnosing pulmonary exacerbations; 2) Clinical Epidemiology Research: to better characterize chronic medical issues (such as diabetes and kidney disease) specific to the adult CF population so that efforts can be made to reduce their burden; and 3) Quality Improvement Research: to integrate quality improvement practices in the CF clinic to improve disease monitoring, treatment adherence, and health outcomes.

Dr. Alan Bates, CF Psychiatrist

Dr. Alan Bates is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at UBC. He serves on the Board of the Canadian Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine as well as the Executive of the BC Psychiatric Association. Prior to his medical training, he completed a PhD at the University of Nottingham where he studied mental illness using brain imaging. He completed medical school and a Psychiatry residency at UBC before a fellowship in Psycho-oncology and Psychosomatic Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Related to his volunteer work promoting mental and physical health through soccer in the Downtown Eastside, he was selected by the Canadian Medical Association to participate in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay and was also awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He views teamwork as an integral part of Medicine and is happy to have found a spot on the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Team at St. Paul's.

Cathy MacDonell, CF Clinic Nurse Coordinator

Cathy MacDonell joined the CF team in 2006 as a project nurse and later that same year became the Clinic Nurse Coordinator.  Cathy has been at St. Paul’s Hospital for 25 years as a staff nurse, clinical nurse leader and nurse educator.  Cathy has a Masters Degree in Nursing from University of British Columbia.  As the CF Nurse Clinic Coordinator, Cathy  oversees the day to day  operations of the CF Clinic, assists patients in accessing hospital services such as  the Home IV Program, is involved  with patient and allied health education, and liaises with other health care partners, such as Children’s Hospital and CF Canada. 

April Tanzler, CF Nurse

April Tanzler has been a Registered Nurse for 10 years and has worked 8 years in Acute Medicine at St. Paul's Hospital. New to the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic she is looking forward to working with the CF Community and being part of this specialized interdisciplinary team.

Kathleen Lee, CF Dietician

Kathleen Lee has been a registered dietitian for 19 years and is a member of the College of Dietitians of British Columbia.  She graduated from the University of British Columbia and completed an internship at Vancouver General Hospital.  Through her career she has worked in many different areas including diabetes, gastroenterology, surgery, renal, medicine, HIV/AIDS and private practice.  Her most recent area of work has been in CF, respirology, and general medicine where she has practiced for the last 13 years.  She provides nutritional care to both inpatients and outpatients in the hospital setting.

Victoria Su, CF Pharmacist

Victoria was a pharmacist at Toronto Western Hospital and on the Internal Medicine Service at St. Paul's Hospital before joining the Adult CF Clinic Team in 2013. She obtained her undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Pharmacy from the University of British Columbia in 2008 and 2011. Victoria aims to help optimize the use of medications for patients with Cystic Fibrosis. She is happy to provide teaching, including the potential benefits and side effects of medications; provide advice on drug choice, dosing, drug interactions, and monitoring;and answer any medication-related questions.

Brigette Wilkins, CF Physiotherapist

After a varied career path including a degree in Art History from the University of Victoria, long spells in professional kitchens as a chef and in many a nightclub as a rock musician, Brigette finally decided what she wanted to be when she grew up and applied to the UBC School of Physical Therapy, from which she graduated in 2005. She started working with CF patients as a student in 2004 and has wanted to do nothing else since, though she has made the occasional appearance as a clinical instructor/examiner in Physical Therapy at UBC. Current professional interests include methods of enhancing patient adherence to treatment, exercise testing and prescription, and the role of exercise in preventing and treating bone disease in CF. In her off hours, she can be found on a bicycle, and has been involved with the Gear Up 4 CF fundraising ride since 2011.

Pat MacDiarmid, CF Social Worker

Pat has been a social worker for 20 years, during which time she has worked to provide counselling, advocacy, and program development in community based organizations. She joined the Adult CF Clinic team in early 2006. She has a Masters degree in social work from McGill University and is a member of the BC College of Social Workers. As the Adult CF Clinic social worker Pat provides psychosocial support for adults living with CF, with the aim of contributing to their overall quality of life.  This includes providing supportive counselling, linking people to appropriate community resources, assisting people in managing the healthcare system, as well as assisting with practical issues such as medical EI, disability benefits, and vocational programs.

Joanne Laviolette, Unit Coordinator

Joanne has worked in St Paul’s Hospital for over 15 years in a variety of areas.  These include patient information, ultrasound and radiology in the Cat Scan dept.  She joined the CF team as a temporary unit coordinator in September 2008, and in Novvember 2009 became permanent full-time.  Joanne looks after all the appointment bookings, referrals to other doctors and pharmacy requests for CF patients.  The part of her job she enjoys the most is working directly with the patients and getting to know them better.