Dr. Jag Gill has been honoured by The Kidney Foundation of Canada with its 2020 Organ Donation & Transplantation Award.
Jag, who is well known by many in BC's kidney and transplant communities, also recently delivered the research address at the March 2021 virtual Kidney Gala, hosted by the foundation's BC & Yukon Branch.
His nomination for the national award came from those who see the positive results of his work in many ways: "On behalf of the BC & Yukon Branch, it was an honour to nominate Dr. Jag Gill for the 2020 Organ Donation & Transplantation Award," says Pia Schindler, executive director of the branch.
Pia notes, "The Kidney Foundation has had the pleasure of collaborating with Dr. Gill on several initiatives, including his work to ensure equitable access to kidney transplantation among different demographics disproportionately impacted by kidney disease and organ transplantation. The kidney community continues to benefit from Dr. Gill's leadership and passion in this field and we are all very lucky to have Dr. Gill here in BC."
Jag serves in two important roles (among others): medical director of the kidney transplant program at St. Paul's Hospital and associate professor with UBC's Division of Nephrology.
His interests in kidney transplantation, transplant epidemiology, data analysis, access to transplantation, organ donation expansion and the impact of donor status on post-transplant health outcomes underscore a passion for and knowledge of all aspects of kidney health.
Jag has also lent his expertise as a media spokesperson on behalf of The Kidney Foundation in BC, appearing on local TV stations and South Asian radio stations. He has also been featured in Drishti, a prominent magazine for the Lower Mainland's South Asian population.
In announcing the 2020 award, the foundation's BC & Yukon Branch said, "We are proud to call Dr. Jag Gill one of BC's own."
BC Renal couldn't agree more – congratulations, Jag!