Gilks, Blake

Gilks, Blake


Academic Rank(s): Professor Emeritus, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UBC | Co-Founder, Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OVCARE)

Affiliation(s): VGH/VCHRI

Research and Scholarly Interests: Breast and Gynecological Pathology, Cancer

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Short Bio

Blake is a Professor Emeritus in the Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, at the University of British Columbia. He leads a research program focused on gynecological cancers. He was lead pathologist on studies refining the histotype-based classification of ovarian carcinoma, molecular classification of endometrial carcinoma, and etiology-based classification of vulvar carcinoma, and was part of the team that championed opportunistic salpingectomy to prevent tubo-ovarian high grade serous carcinoma. He has been an author on more than 500 peer-reviewed publications, with more than 40,000 citations. He is co-founder and medical-director of the Canadian Pathology Quality Assurance program, which provides proficiency testing for Canadian diagnostic immunohistochemistry laboratories.



Academic Background

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Anatomical Pathology)
  • MD cum laude, Dalhousie University, Medicine. 1982
  • BSc, University of New Brunswick. 1978

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Selected Publications


Research Interest

  • Breast and Gynecological Pathology
  • Teaching Pathology, Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents
  • Development of Pathology labs for the GI/Nutrition block of the new medical school curriculum
  • Cancer

Clinical Service

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Teaching Interest