Dr. Gelmon is a professor of medicine at the UBC and a medical oncologist at the BCCA, combining clinical and translational research. She is currently chair of the UBC/BCC Research Ethics Board. She was elected as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She has been academic head of the UBC Division of Medical Oncology, co-chair of the Breast Site Committee for the NCIC Clinical Trials Group and a member of the NCI Breast Steering Committee and of the BIG (Breast International Group) executive board group. She sits on the NCIC-CTG IND executive and is a past Chair of this committee. She has been a Komen scholar and member of the Scientific Advisory Council for Komen and co-chair of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research. She sits on the International Advisory Board of The Lancet, The Oncologist and Clinical Breast Cancer. She is a reviewer for journals and grant review panels. She is an active teacher interested in education of health care professionals and the public and has published extensively with over 250 publications. She was the recipient of a YWCA Woman of Distinction award in 2003. She is the mother of two daughters and is active on volunteer boards for the arts and community in Vancouver.