Dr. Kristin Sivertz

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Dr. Kristin Shelley Sivertz, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, passed away in October 2011. Dr. Sivertz had an illustrious career as a psychiatrist, medical educator and senior administrator with the UBC Faculty of Medicine for over 25 years, especially within her chosen field of the psychopharmacology of pregnancy-related psychiatric illness and gender issues in psychopharmacology. She continued to live a full life after her diagnosis with ovarian cancer in February 2009 until her death.

Dr. Sivertz was born to Christian and Norma Sivertz on June 23, 1951 in London, Ontario. She was the baby of the family. She received her MD from McMaster University. She completed a paediatric internship at McMaster, a residency in psychiatry at UBC and obtained her FRCPC in 1982. She was appointed as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC in 1984 and rose to Clinical Professor in 1998. Dr. Sivertz had a particular interest in the psychopharmacology of pregnancy-related psychiatric illness and gender issues in psychopharmacology.

From 1996-2002, she was the Co-Director (with Dr. Kam Rungta) of the Psychiatry Residency Program, and in 2002 she and Dr. Rungta were appointed as Co-Associate Deans of the UBC Postgraduate Medical Education (PME) program.

Dr. Sivertz held a number of administrative roles at St. Paul’s Hospital and was Head of the Department of Psychiatry of Providence Health Care. She was also a member of the Examining Board of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons in Psychiatry.

Dr. Sivertz was recognized for a number of achievements. Of special significance is the expert management she and Dr. Rungta provided to the expansion and geographic distribution of the PME program. This involved the creation of a strategic plan, the successful engagement of the BC Ministry of Health Services to provide stable and sustainable financial resources, and effective collaboration with the Undergraduate Medical Program.

Dr. Sivertz was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in February 2009. Despite this diagnosis, she continued to live a full life. She traveled to India with her husband, and took many trips to Australia to visit their sons and their families. She was passionate about being a grandmother and had a deep and special connection with her grandchildren. She is sadly missed by her family, friends, colleagues and the many others whose lives she touched.

The impact of your support

Your gift will honour Kris’ memory and the profound impact she has had on the lives of those around her, as well as provide much-needed financial support for students in the Faculty of Medicine. Further information about Kris’ memorial fund will be available at a later time once the details have been finalized.

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