Dr. Gordon Francis joined the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia in 2007 as a professor. He is an investigator in the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation and Providence Health Care Research Institute, and from 2007 to 2020, was director of the Prevention Clinic, both based at St. Paul’s Hospital. His laboratory has done pioneering research showing the major role of cholesterol build up in artery smooth muscle cells in the development of atherosclerosis, the cause of most heart attacks and strokes. His laboratory is also studying the role of smooth muscle cells in development of cerebral amyloid angiopathy in Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Dr. Francis completed a BSc in Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University, medical school at McGill University, internal medicine and endocrinology residencies at the University of British Columbia and University of Alberta, and a senior research fellowship at the University of Washington. In addition to research and clinical work, he is involved in the development of national guidelines for the diagnosis and management of lipid abnormalities to prevent cardiovascular disease.
For an up-to-date list of publications by Dr. Francis, please see NCBI.