Congratulations to one of Vancouver Coastal Health's exceptional physicians for being awarded the Dr. Harvey Guyda Educator of the Year award from the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism for his significant contributions to the teaching of endocrinology.
Dr. Breay Paty is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of British Columbia and practices at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH).
We sat down with him to learn more about his important work.
My clinical and research interests include diabetes and islet transplantation, the process of transferring insulin-secreting cells from an organ donor into the body of another person. I am also currently involved in stem cell transplant trials for type 1 diabetes.
I've been involved in education since 2007 on a local and national level as the Director of Undergraduate Education for VGH's Division of Endocrinology and the MD Undergraduate Program faculty lead for Diabetes Week. I am also the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism's Resident Education Liaison.
As an educator, I teach people and, in turn, I get to learn from them too. It's very rewarding to be around people who can challenge me as it improves my own practice.
The Educator or the Year award reflects the outstanding work by residents and fellows across Vancouver Coastal Health who participate in education and basic research. Their many contributions improve the field of endocrinology and patient care.
Dr. Paty (right) at the Diabetes Canada/Canadian Society of Endocrinology
and Metabolism Professional Conference in Calgary on November 10.
Newsweek has recognized VGH as one of the world's leading hospitals specializing in endocrinology, at number 43 on their 2023 list, ahead of several well-known hospitals worldwide.
Endocrinologists at VGH provide a full-spectrum of consultant care, teaching and research in the areas of thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, reproductive and transgender health. The VGH Diabetes Clinic has a multidisciplinary team providing education, support and treatment to individuals with complex diabetes management issues.
Dr. Paty's colleagues are also involved in a stem cell trial for type 1 diabetes: B.C. researchers launching clinical trial for first genetically engineered stem cell-based therapy for type 1 diabetes