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. 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. B√©langer se fait un plaisir d’offrir ses services en fran√ßais 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. 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. 

Dr. Nadia Branco
Dr. Branco completed her residency in OB/GYN
¬†at the University of British Columbia in 2013. ¬†She then worked as a locum tenens¬†until she obtained her UBC Clinical Faculty appointment in 2014. ¬†Her clinical practice is located at Cross Roads OB/GYN as of the fall of 2014 and her hospital affiliations are BC Women’s Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital, and¬†UBC Hospital.