Dr. Kristine Chapman. Director, Neuromuscular Disease Unit, VGH

Where did you grow up? 
I was born in Zambia, Africa where my parents spent six years with Cuso International (Canadian University Students Overseas). Then we moved to Salt Lake City, Utah—a great place to grow  up and a terrific place to ski.

How long have you worked at VGH?
I did my neurology residency at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), and then went to Boston for a Neuromuscular Fellowship. I have been at VGH for the last 13 years. I am lucky to work with a terrific group of colleagues as director of the VGH Neuromuscular Disease Unit.

Why are you so passionate about doing research and working with people in the field of neurology?
We now have the ability to diagnose and treat many patients with neuromuscular conditions that were previously untreatable, such as myasthenia gravis and inflammatory neuropathies. It is so gratifying to help our patients regain their abilities. But there are many unanswered questions left. It’s an exciting time to be in the field of neuroscience as we are still learning a lot about the brain and the peripheral nervous system.

How do you spend your down time?
I am an avid skier, and love spending time in the backcountry and Whistler with my family. I commute to work on my bicycle, which is good practice for longer bike trips—our favorite type of vacation. But nothing beats a cup of coffee and a good book.