Dr. Ben Chew

Dr. Ben Chew

B.Sc.(H) Life Sciences, Queen’s University, 1992
M.Sc. Physiology, Queen’s University, 1994
M.D. University of British Columbia, 1998
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC), 2003
Fellow, Urology (Endourology & Laparoscopy), University of Western Ontario, 2005

Team: 
Clinical and Research Scientists
Positions: 

Associate Professor, Department of Urologic Sciences, UBC
Active Staff, Vancouver General Hospital

 

Dr. Ben Chew is originally from Duncan, BC, graduated from UBC Medicine in 1998 and completed his urology residency at the University of Toronto in 2003.  His fellowship focused on kidney stones and minimally invasive surgery at the University of Western Ontario.  He has been on active staff at VCH since July 2006 where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urologic Sciences.  Dr. Chew’s research focuses on how kidney stones form and in particular intestinal absorption of minerals that can form kidney stones (calcium and oxalate).  His research focuses on genetically modifying bacteria normally used to make yogurt to express a naturally occurring enzyme that breaks down oxalate, thus preventing its absorption into the body where it can combine with calcium to form kidney stones.  This novel type of therapy could be administered in yogurt and help patients prevent painful future kidney stone episodes.

Dr. Chew’s other area of research is in the area of biomaterials as they pertain to urinary devices.  He is investigating new coatings and special drug-eluting materials for urinary catheters and stents in an attempt to make them more biocompatible and reduce device-related infection, encrustation, and patient discomfort.

Dr. Chew has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and received several awards including the best Endourology Paper Award at the World Congress of Endourology in 2009, the best Scientific Paper at the World Congress of Endourology in 2005, the Best Abstract Prize for Stone Disease at the American Urological Association Annual Meeting (2005 and 2008) and most recently a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholarship.  He has both peer-reviewed funding and funding from industry to continue his research in stone disease and biomaterials.

A World Class Centre

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has a track record of success that has earned it a reputation as one of the world’s most respected cancer facilities. It is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.

Events

10th Anniversary Ride to Live

West Coast Motorcycle Ride To Live: May 26th

The 10th Anniversary West Coast Motorcycle Ride to Live is taking place in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley on May 26 (Victoria date to be finalized), with details on the event and how to register on the event website.  This fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC includes a 50/50 raffle open to all BC residents over age 19.

Step  Up Challenge 2019

Step Up Challenge Vancouver - March 10, 2019

Donations are still being accepted for Prostate Cancer Canada's Step Up Challenge fundraiser, which took place on Sunday March 10.   Click here to donate to The Vancouver Prostate Centre team

Employment

Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Monday, April 1, 2019

VPC's translational research profiled in UBC Faculty of Medicine News

Dr. Gleave at the VPC
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Dr. Dong interviewed for Science in the City Publication of the Week

Dr. Xuesen Dong