Surgeons

The surgeons profiled here work in collaboration with Trans Care BC to offer publicly funded chest construction (including chest contouring) and breast construction through a central waitlist held by Trans Care BC.

In collaboration with Trans Care BC, the surgeons below work to improve the surgical experience for trans and gender diverse clients. They are trained in chest construction (including chest contouring) and also offer breast construction (or breast augmentation). For more information on how to get referred to these surgeons visit the surgery referral page.

 

Dr. Cameron Bowman M.D., FRCSC

  • Web site: Fairview Plastic Surgery
  • Location: Vancouver, BC
  • Practicing since: 2004; began offering gender-affirming procedures in 2006

Profile-DrCamBowman-195x300.jpgDr. Bowman is a plastic surgeon certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He completed his medical degree in 1999 at UBC and went on to complete his residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery in 2004. He then accepted a fellowship with Professor Stan Monstrey in Belgium, where he undertook sub-specialty training in gender-affirming surgery. He has co-authored several publications in this field and is currently the only fellowship-trained surgeon doing this work in western Canada. He has mentored other surgeons in the field to offer gender-affirming surgeries. Dr. Bowman is currently a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery at UBC.


Dr. Homan Cheng M.D., FRCSC

  • Location: Victoria, BC
  • Practicing since: 2015; began offering gender-affirming procedures in 2017

photo of Dr. Homan ChengDr. Cheng is a plastic surgeon certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She completed medical school and a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Toronto. She then completed a fellowship in cleft and craniofacial surgery at Stanford University in California. In 2016, she trained with Dr. Chris Taylor and Dr. Jennifer Robinson to offering gender-affirming chest construction surgeries. Dr. Cheng is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at UBC and holds an affiliate appointment in the Division of Medical Sciences at the University of Victoria.

Dr. Krista Genoway M.D., FRCSC

  • Location: Vancouver, BC
  • Practicing since: 2016; began offering gender-affirming procedures in 2016

photo of Dr. Krista GenowayDr. Genoway is a plastic surgeon certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She completed medical school and a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at UBC. She then completed a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery with a sub-specialty in gender-affirming surgical care in San Francisco. Dr. Genoway trained with Dr. Cameron Bowman throughout her residency.



Dr. Michael Jacoby, M.D., FRCSC

  • Web site: Dr. Michael Jacoby
  • Location: Kamloops, BC
  • Practicing since: 1998; began offering gender-affirming procedures in 2012

Dr. Jacoby is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon based in Kamloops, BC. He completed his medical degree in 1993 at the University of Calgary and went on to complete his residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery in 1998. He enjoys a wide spectrum of practice with a special interest in breast surgery and body contouring surgery. He is an active member of the Department of Surgery at Royal Inland Hospital and also performs surgery at Kamloops Surgical Centre.

 



Dr. Jeannie MacDonald, M.D., FRCSC

  • Web site: MacDonald Plastic Surgery
  • Location: New Westminster, BC
  • Practicing since: 2006; began offering gender-affirming procedures in 2018

jeannie-macdonald-sm.jpgDr. Jeannie MacDonald is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon based in New Westminster, BC. She completed a medical degree in 1998 at Dalhousie University and went on to complete a residency in Plastic Surgery at the University of Western Ontario. She has also completed additional training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of British Columbia in 2005 and a fellowship in facial reconstructive surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle in 2006. Dr. MacDonald has a special interest and expertise in facial surgery and body contouring. In February 2018, Dr. MacDonald attended training with a group of BC-based surgeons to offer gender-affirming chest and breast construction procedures. She is a clinical instructor at UBC and performs gender-affirming chest and breast surgeries at Eagle Ridge Hospital.

Dr. Rebecca Nelson, M.D., FRCSC

  • Location: New Westminster, BC
  • Practicing since: 2011; began offering gender-affirming procedures in 2011

Dr Rebecca Nelson is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon based in Burnaby and New Westminster, BC. She completed her medical degree at the University of Calgary and went on to complete her residency in Plastic Surgery at Dalhousie University  in 2010. She has also completed a fellowship in breast reconstruction and microsurgery in 2011 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, New York. She is a clinical instructor at UBC and enjoys a wide spectrum of practice with a special interest in breast surgery, reconstructive surgery and cancer reconstruction.  Dr. Nelson has been offering gender-affirming chest and breast surgeries since 2011 and operates at Burnaby General Hospital.

Dr. Jennifer Robinson, M.D., FRCSC 

  • Website: Dr. Jennifer Robinson
  • Location: Victoria, BC
  • Practicing since: 2011; began offering gender-affirming procedures in 2015

photo of Dr. Jennifer RobinsonDr. Robinson is a plastic surgeon certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She completed medical school at McMaster University, going on to do a research fellowship at the University of Ottawa and, subsequently, her residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Western Ontario. She completed a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. In 2014, she trained with Dr. Cameron Bowman (also profiled on this page). Dr. Robinson is a clinical instructor at UBC, and holds an affiliate appointment at the University of Victoria in the Division of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Chris Taylor, M.D., FRCSC 

  • Website: Dr. Chris Taylor
  • Location: Victoria, BC
  • Practicing since: 1999; began offering gender-affirming procedures in 2015

photo of Dr. Chris TaylorDr. Taylor is a plastic surgeon certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He completed his residency in plastic surgery at UBC in 1999 and a microsurgery fellowship in San Francisco in 2001. In 2014, he trained with Dr. Cameron Bowman (also profiled on this page). Dr. Taylor is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at UBC and the medical lead for surgery at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria.

 


Dr. Colin P. White, M.D., FRCSC

  • Location: Burnaby, BC
  • Practicing since: 2014; began offering gender-affirming procedures in 2018

colin pic.jpgDr. Colin P. White is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon based in Burnaby, BC. He completed his medical degree in 2007 at Memorial University and went to complete his residency in Plastic Surgery at McMaster University in 2012. He has also completed fellowships in breast reconstruction, microsurgery, hand surgery and cranio-facial reconstruction. He enjoys a wide spectrum of practice with a special interest in breast and cosmetic surgery. In February 2018, Dr. White attended training with a group of BC-based surgeons to offer gender-affirming chest and breast construction procedures. He was trained operatively by Dr. Jennifer Robinson.  Dr. White is a clinical instructor at UBC. He volunteers with Operation Rainbow Canada, a group that does cleft lip and palate surgery in developing countries. Dr. White operates at Burnaby General Hospital.

Dr. David Williamson, M.D., FRCSC

  • Web site: Kelowna Plastic Surgery
  • Location: Kelowna, BC
  • Practicing since: 2000; began offering gender-affirming procedures in 2018

Dr David Williamson is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon based in Kelowna, BC. He completed his medical degree in 1994 at University of Dalhousie and went to complete his residency in plastic surgery in 1999 at the University of British Columbia. He also completed additional fellowship training in hand microsurgery in 2000 at University of Western Ontario. In 2017, he trained with Dr. Hugh McLean, a well-known plastic surgeon based in Toronto who performs gender-affirming chest surgeries.  He enjoys a wide spectrum of practice with a special interest in aesthetic cosmetic surgery, hand wrist microsurgery, and breast reconstruction. He is also the Division Head of Plastic Surgery at Kelowna General Hospital.

Dr. Stanley Valnicek, M.D., FRCSC

  • Web site: Kelowna Plastic Surgery
  • Location: Kelowna, BC
  • Practicing since: 1991; began offering gender-affirming procedures in 2016.

Dr. Valnicek is a Canadian Royal College certified plastic surgeon based in Kelowna, BC, Canada. He completed his medical degree in 1986 at the University of Saskatchewan, graduating with distinction. He completed his residency in plastic surgery in 1991 and fellowship training in Toronto and Salt Lake City in 1992 and 1993. In 2017, he trained with Dr. Hugh McLean, a well-known plastic surgeon based in Toronto who performs gender-affirming chest surgeries.  Dr. Valnicek has previously served as Division Head for Plastic surgery and provincial Section head for Plastic Surgery.





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