Dr. Melanie Altas is a gynaecologist and clinical associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia. She is the director of the BC Centre for Vulvar Health at Vancouver General Hospital and a sexual medicine consultant at the BC Cancer Agency. Her current clinical practice is dedicated to menopause, sexual pain disorders and cancer survivorship. Current research is dedicated to knowledge translation, improving access to care in the community, as well biopsychosocial impact of chronic vulvar conditions. She is an advocate for using patient partners in quality improvement and research as well as implementing patient-directed care.