Heart + Lung Health FEST 2016
British Columbia Distinguished Lecture Recipient
Dr. Stephen Lam, MD, FRCPC
Professor of Medicine, UBC
Distinguished Scientist, BC Cancer Agency
Stephen Lam MD, FRCPC is Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and a Distinguished Scientist at the BC Cancer Research Center. He chairs the Provincial Lung Tumour Group at the British Columbia Cancer Agency. His research interest is in early detection, chemoprevention and endoscopic therapy of lung cancer. He has published over 270 peer reviewed papers and book chapters as well as 20 patents. He was the recipient of the Joseph Cullen Award for life-time scientific achievements in lung cancer prevention research by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer and the Killam Research Prize in Applied Sciences. From UBC Dr. Lam received his medical training at the University of Toronto. He joined the UBC Faculty of Medicine in 1979 and the BC Cancer Agency in 1984.
Lecture title: “An Integrated Approach to Early Detection of Lung Cancer”
Lung cancer screening is being implemented in the U.S. health care system and other countries including Canada following the recommendation by the US Preventive Services Task Force and the decision by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services to fund low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening as an insured benefit for Americans aged 55-77 years who had smoked at least 30 pack-years. This lecture highlights some of the research that will enable implementation of a cost-effective lung cancer screening program in Canada and other health jurisdictions.