Visiting Scholars

The Elaine Carty Visiting Scholars Initiative

The Elaine Carty Visiting Scholars Initiative is named after one of the early advocates of midwifery regulation in BC, and the founding Director of the UBC Midwifery Program. It honours Elaine Carty’s landmark contributions to women’s health and childbearing.

The program welcomes established clinicians and scholars from around the world working on research, education, training, or practice in midwifery and childbirth. The visiting scholars meet with students, deliver a faculty seminar, and present a public lecture.

The demand for midwifery care continues to grow across the province and the country. The visionary work of UBC’s Midwifery Program is enriched by visiting scholars who are developing and sharing innovative research, clinical models, and perspectives on midwifery and childbirth.

Visiting Scholars


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 […] Read More >


2016 – Dr. Eileen Hutton
UBC Midwifery was very pleased with the positive response, stimulating conversations and cutting edge research presented by second annual Elaine Carty Visiting Scholar, Dr. Eileen Hutton. It was a memorable week for students, midwives, health professionals and members of the public. To listen to her presentations, please click on the links below: Public lecture: Childbirth […] Read More >


2015 – Dr. Soo Downe
UBC Midwifery is delighted with the wonderful response to Professor Soo Downe’s visit as the inaugural Elaine Carty Visiting Scholar. The events were a great success, stimulating discussion and idea development at each event for students, members of the public, midwives and other health professionals. Click here to watch Dr. Downe’s Grand Rounds The Normalizing […] Read More >