Deborah Money ‘77
Deborah holds a BSc, an MD, and an FRCS(C), and has become one of the most well-respected and highly regarded physicians in her specialties. She regularly collaborates with colleagues around the world in studies and conferences that greatly contribute to the medical community as well as to womens health initiatives.
After graduating from UBC Medical School and completing two fellowships, one in Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington, and one in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at UBC, Deborah became the first physician in Canada to hold specialties in both Infectious Diseases and OBGYN. She helped develop a clinical and research program in OBGYN Infectious Diseases at UBC which focused on womens health and disease, and the program was one of the first of its kind in Canada. Deborah remains to be among only three doctors in her combined specialties in the country (after training the other two!).
Deborah has filled numerous leadership roles, both in her personal and professional life. Professionally, she led the creation of the UBC OBGYN Infectious Diseases research program. Deborah was also the Division Head of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Division at Women’s Hospital for six years, overseeing a large division of doctors and staff. During this time, Deborah was also an associate professor at UBC and continues to help teach young doctors in her specialties.
Deborah has also served as the head OBGYN at Oak Tree Clinic, a Womens Hospital based clinic which helps high-risk women and children infected with HIV/AIDS in Vancouver. She served as the Associate Director for STD/AIDS Control for the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, being responsible for coordinating efforts to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS among British Colombians.
Due to her dedication and tireless efforts to better the lives of her patients, she is regarded internationally as a leading expert in the field of Infectious Diseases in Women, with particular focus on HIV and HPV related issues. She greatly contributed to the research which resulted in the ground-breaking HPV vaccine, Gardisil, which has proved to be the greatest medical advancement in preventing cervical cancer fatalities since the invention of the PAP Smear.
Recent professional developments have seen Deborah being named the Executive Director of the new Womens Health Research Institute of British Columbia, an institution making new medical advancements to improve the lives of women. Deborah oversees the enterprise, including organizing and overseeing research projects while also managing the everyday tasks.
Deborah Money has continued the CHS tradition of giving back to the community. She has been greatly involved in the Dr. Peter AIDS Centre of Vancouver, both directly and indirectly. She has served as a board member for eight years and is now being considered to be a future chairman of the board for the Centre.
Deborah has recently become involved in the annual Ismali Walk for Women, a charity which raises funds for different organizations seeking to better the lives of women in the Vancouver Community. Recently, she was a contributing coordinator for the 2008 Walk which benefited her own Womens Health Research Institute of British Columbia. The Walk was a great success, raising approximately $300,000 for womens health research initiatives.
Deborah has remained greatly involved with the school. As both an alumnae and a CHS parent from 1998-2005, she contributed to many school events and hosted the 2005 Grad Mother Daughter Tea. She also served as a member of the CHS Board of Governors for five years.
Deborah lives with her husband of 15 years. Her two children recently completed undergraduate degrees at McGill University. Deborah motivates her children to pursue such high goals by providing encouragement and by being a great example of how hard work and determination can better one’s own life and the lives of others.