Congratulations to 2023 FoM Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients, Dr. Evelyn Stewart and Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez!

The Department congratulates Dr. Evelyn Stewart and Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, both of whom are recipients of a 2023 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award!

Professor Dr. Evelyn Stewart is the recipient of the Award for Service to the University and Community, in recognition of her significant contributions to local, national, and international communities aimed at improved health outcomes of the population.

Dr. Stewart is an internationally-recognized expert on pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (OCRDs). As a leader in the field, she has provided valuable mentorship to young researchers and junior colleagues, has participated actively in departmental committees, and has served on numerous bodies for professional and scientific organizations in order to drive research and inform care in OCRDs. As well, her dedicated public outreach activities have been impactful in raising awareness and educating patients, their families and the broader community about OCRDs.

Assistant Professor Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez is the recipient of the Award for Overall Excellence – Early Career, in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the areas of research, education, and service.

Since his appointment in 2016, Dr. Vila-Rodriguez has been a highly engaged and productive early-career academic in the UBC Department of Psychiatry. He currently leads the NINET Laboratory, which investigates clinical applications of non-invasive neurostimulation therapies for depression and other psychiatric disorders. In addition to his cutting-edge research, he contributes substantially to teaching on an annual basis, has supervised numerous graduate students and trainees over the years, and partakes in extensive service activities within the Department and the broader community.

Congratulations again to our deserving awardees on this wonderful recognition by the Faculty of Medicine!