Ka Wai Cheung
MD, MPH, FRCPC
Dr. Ka Wai Cheung is an emergency physician at Vancouver General Hospital. She completed a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2010, focusing on health promotion and health behavior change.
In 2012, Dr. Cheung completed a pilot study which showed that referring emergency department smokers to a provincial telephone quit line was feasible, and could potentially increase quit rates compared to no referral. With a team of undergraduate and graduate students, and funding from the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, the Ministry of Health, the Faculty of Medicine, the BC Cancer Agency, and the BC Lung Association, she is now conducting a full-scale randomized controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of such a referral program.