Our Doctors

Our OB/GYNs are all Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC), which means that they are fully certified specialists in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

In addition, they all hold academic appointments at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and are committed to teaching the future generation of women’s healthcare providers.

 

Dr. Henry L. Woo
Dr. Woo obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1991. Prior to medical school, he managed his family business and studied mathematics. He entered medical school and soon discovered he was destined to care for women and deliver babies for a very long time. He did his Masters research in Reproductive Endocrinology. He moved out west to Vancouver for further training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia.

He has been an active teacher and department member at UBC since 1996. His interests include minimally-invasive-surgery, operative obstetrics and surgery for pelvic organ prolapse and/or female incontinence. His teaching roles include being site head for VGH and UBCH for the OB/GYN residency program and Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC. He serves as an advisor to the executive for BC Perinatal Health and is on the executive of the BC Society of OB/GYN. He was a member of the BC Cesarean Birth Task Force (2008) and was a contributing author of the Cesarean Task Force Consensus Report. He is a member of the Western Society of Pelvic Medicine and has founded the Cross Roads Bladder Health, Female Incontinence and Prolapse Clinic that is part of our facility.

Finally, he serves as the Medical Director of our clinic as well as the Director, visionary and founder of CR+ Cross Roads Clinics Vancouver. He shares his life with his lovely wife and two young daughters and strives to spend more time with them now that we have settled into our new home at Cross Roads.

  Dr. Ellen Giesbrecht
 

Dr. Michelle A. Bélanger
Dr. Bélanger is originally from Ottawa and she obtained her medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 1995. She then moved to Vancouver to complete her residency in OB/GYN at the University of British Columbia, and fell in love with the west coast! After completing her residency, she worked as a locum tenens for four years, filling in for other OB/GYNs in various communities in BC including Vancouver, New Westminster, White Rock, Comox, Nanaimo, and Duncan. She then settled into her own practice in Vancouver, where she has been working since 2003.

She is committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to her gynaecologic and maternity patients, with attention to detail. She has a keen interest in education and believes that by educating women about their medical conditions and treatment options, they will be empowered to make health care decisions that are right for them.

She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at UBC and is the site head for the UBC OB/GYN residency program at BC Women’s Hospital.  Since 2008, she has been a Royal College examiner for the fellowship examinations in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

She has an interest in minimally-invasive surgery, including minimally-invasive total and subtotal hysterectomy, as well as hysteroscopic myomectomy.

Dr. Bélanger se fait un plaisir d’offrir ses services en français pour ses patientes francophones. 

 

Dr. Julie van Schalkwyk
Dr. van Schalkwyk is originally from Toronto. She completed a Masters degree at the University of Ottawa in Microbiology and Immunology in 1995 before attending medical school at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She then completed her Obstetrics and Gynaecology Fellowship at the University of British Columbia in 2004, followed by additional training in Infectious Diseases at UBC. She has been on staff at BC Women’s Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Hospital since 2005, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University.

The mainstay of her practice is to provide professional, thorough, compassionate and well-informed care in both Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Her aim is to provide women with education and empower them to make informed choices about their health care.

Dr. van Schalkwyk’s current research interests in reproductive infectious disease include HIV, herpes simplex virus (HSV), human papillomavirus (HPV), bacterial vaginosis and intra-amniotic infection. In addition to her busy general OB/GYN practice, she provides specialized care for women with reproductive infectious disease at two clinics at BC Women’s Hospital. She is also an active member of the Women’s Health Research Institute, Infectious Diseases Committee of the Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Canada and the Infectious Diseases Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). She is currently Chair of the Infection Control Committee at BC Women’s and BC Children’s Hospitals and is involved in Quality Care Assurance at BCW and VGH. 

 

Dr. Salim Lalani
Dr. Lalani is a native of Calgary and he completed his undergraduate training at the University of Alberta.  He went on to complete both a Masters’ Degree and Medical Degree at the University of Calgary.  Over the course of his medical training, he developed a strong passion for the field of Women’s Health.  His residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology was completed at the University of British Columbia.  He currently provides maternity care and gynaecologic surgery at Burnaby Hospital, and also has an office in Burnaby.  He welcomes Gujarati and Hindi-speaking patients.

Dr. Lalani is a committed and caring physician whose clinical practice spans the entire field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.  He has a special interest in miminally-invasive surgery and female incontinence surgery.  He has a passion for surgical innovation as well as academia.  He also spends time overseas providing medical care in developing nations.

In his spare time, Dr. Lalani enjoys spending time with family, friends, and his pampered pooch, Lucy.   

 

Dr. Kellie Whitehill
Dr. Whitehill joined us in the fall of 2010, following the completion of her residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia in 2009.  In the fall of 2013, she relocated her practice to Victoria and we wish her all the best in BC’s capital city.  

Her new office is located at 101-1964 Fort Street and the phone number is 250.370.9980.

 

Dr. Darren Lazare
Dr. Lazare is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine.  He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia.  He then went on to a sub-specialty fellowship in Urogynaecology at the University of Alberta.  His practice is focused on female pelvic medicine, which encompasses conservative and surgical management of urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and post-partum perineal injury.