Academic Rank:
Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC
LifeLabs, Burnaby, BC
Short Bio:

Originally from South Africa, Dr. Vawda completed a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University of Victoria in 2005 before obtaining her medical degree from the University of British Columbia in 2009. Her residency training in Hematological Pathology was undertaken at various hospitals in BC through the University of British Columbia. She served as chief resident in Hematopathology from 2012-2013 and obtained her FRCPC certification in 2014.

Dr. Vawda recently undertook research into the role of the lymph node microenvironment in lymphoma pathogenesis. Earlier studies included the role of cytogenetics in MDS as well as functioning of the ING tumor suppressor protein.  Dr. Vawda’s academic awards include the Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher Scholarship, the William, Sadie & Edwin Rowan Scholarship in Medicine, NSERC and BC Cancer Foundation Research Awards, and invited membership to the Golden Key International Honour Society. She joined the Hematology Department at LifeLabs in August 2014.


Academic background

  • MD, University of British Columbia. 2009
  • BSc Biochemistry, University of Victoria. 2005



  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, Hematological Pathology. 2014
  • Registrant, College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC. 2014
  • Licentiate, Medical Council of Canada. 2010

Research Interest


Hematological Pathology

Areas of Special Interest:

Lymphoma, Flow Cytometry, Lymph Node Morphology, Molecular Diagnostics