Academic Rank:
Professor, UBC

Short Bio:

Growing up in a small village of mainland China, Dr. Zu-hua Gao obtained his Medical degree from Qingdao Medical College, Master degree from Harbin Medical University, and PhD degree from Peking Union Medical College. Dr. Gao received his post-doctoral fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, pathology residency training at Dalhousie University, and subspecialty pathology fellowship at the University of Chicago. Dr. Gao had been the Division Head of Anatomical Pathology and Cytopathology at the University of Calgary and Calgary Laboratory Services between 2007-2011. Between September 2012 and November 2021, Dr. Gao has been the Chair and Chief of the Department of Pathology at McGill University. Since 2019, Dr. Gao has been the President of Canadian Chairs of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. In 2017, Dr. Gao became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (London UK). In 2019, Dr. Gao became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Dr. Gao is currently the Professor and Head of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Academic Backgrounds:
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow. University of Western Ontario, Canada. 1998
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow. The Johns Hopkins Hospital. 1996
  • PhD. Peking Union Medical College. 1992
  • MSc. Harbin University, Harbin China. 1989
    MD. Qingdao Medical College, Qingdao, China. 1983
Awards & Recognition:

Dr. Gao received many awards including the Junior Scientist Award at CAP-ACP, the Dalhousie Medical Foundation award, the McGill University Health Center Foundation award, etc.


Dr. Gao’s research focuses on the molecular mechanism of colon cancer metastasis and the prognostic and predictive biomarkers for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. As a research scientist, Dr. Gao published 175 peer-reviewed articles, over 75 abstracts and meeting presentations, and 25 invited speeches at national and international venues.

Clinical Service
As a surgical pathologist, Dr. Gao’s clinical expertise is gastrointestinal and liver pathology.