2017 – Dr. Andrew Kotaska

UBC Midwifery is delighted to announce this year’s third annual Elaine Carty Visiting Scholar, Dr. Andrew Kotaska, MD, FRCS(C). Dr. Kotaska will be joining us from March 13th – 15th for a stimulating series of discussions, events and a public lecture, Informed Consent in Obstetrics: Truly Woman-Centered Care to be held on Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00 PM, Chan Auditorium at BC Women’s Hospital.

RSVP here or visit the event page for more information. We look forward to sharing this exciting evening with you!


Dr. Andrew Kotaska is Clinical Director of Obstetrics at Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, where he lives with his wife and two boys. He received his medical degree from U.B.C. in 1992 and worked as a GP-surgeon in northern British Columbia before returning to complete a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2006. He has academic appointments with the UBC School of Population and Public Health and the Depts. of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Universities of Manitoba and Toronto. He is regularly active in midwifery and obstetrical education.

Dr. Kotaska’s academic interests centre on preserving physiological birth while avoiding unnecessary obstetrical intervention; the overestimation of risk in obstetrics; and the ethics of informed consent and refusal. His research interests focus on safe vaginal breech birth, the effect of epidural analgesia on labour, and spontaneous, two-step delivery of fetal shoulders.

Schedule Overview

Over the course of his time here, Dr. Kotaska will be participating in a variety of events, discussions, and activities, engaging with Midwifery faculty, clinicians, researchers and students alike.

On Monday, March 13th, Dr. Kotaska will be delivering a presentation to Midwifery clinicians and researchers titled “Patient-Centred Care and Informed Refusal: an Inter-professional Challenge”. The presentation will be followed by an open-forum discussion to facilitate dialogue and professional collaboration. On Monday afternoon, Dr. Kotaska will be engaging Midwifery students in an open-forum discussion on the topic of, “Normal Birth and Why it Matters”. This will be an excellent opportunity for Midwifery students to learn more about normal birth and to engage directly with Dr. Kotaska.

On Tuesday, he will be hosting the public lecture Informed Consent in Obstetrics: Truly Woman-centered Care. This promises to be a stimulating evening, with the lecture beginning at 7:00 PM, and a reception held beforehand starting at 6:00 PM. The event will be hosted at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute’s Chan Auditorium, at the BC Women’s Hospital Campus. RSVP here or visit the event page for more information. Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 7th.

The last event will be held on Wednesday, with the BC Midwifery Network Community of Practice. Dr. Kotaska will be presenting to the Community of Practice on “Informed Refusal as a Research Methodology”, followed by discussion and dialogue with Midwifery clinicians, researchers, and faculty members.

We are very excited about the schedule for this year’s events, and we look forward to sharing it with you!


For more information, please contact Karen Gelb at karen.gelb@ubc.ca.