The John F. McCreary Prize was created to recognize and promote interprofessional teamwork in the health and human service professions. The award is named after Dr. John F. McCreary, the first coordinator of health sciences at UBC, and is intended to draw attention to Dr. McCreary’s vision of interprofessional collaboration in clinical work and education and the value of a team approach in meeting the healthcare needs of British Columbians. The first McCreary Prize was awarded in 1994.

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The Independence Model at St. Paul’s Hospital at Providence Health Care is a pilot designed to address functional deterioration in hospital. An interdisciplinary team of a lead rehabilitation therapist, rehabilitation assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and nurses work collaboratively to deliver care focusing on mobilization, communication, swallowing, cognition, and overall function to help patients maintain independence, stay safe, build confidence, and return home sooner. TIM has shown exemplary interprofessional teamwork by using communication and education strategies to target specific disciplines and increase patient referrals, identifying gaps in training, strengthening areas for supervision, and encouraging interdisciplinary relationships to ensure the focus is early holistic reactivation and prevention.

Team members are Indershini Pillay (team lead), Sandra Squire, Parvin Asgari Kachalami, Emily Power, Eduardo Naranjo, Michelle Brosnan, Sarah Murphy, Milynne Borason, Juhyeong (Ruse) Park, and Larissa James.


Genome Canada Transplant Consortium: CanPREV Precision Medicine for Renal Transplantation. The Genome Canada Transplant Consortium (GCTC) links more than 70 scientists and clinicians from 22 international universities to advance the outcomes of organ transplantation by preventing premature organ rejection. GCTC’s interdisciplinary team of partners combines expertise and resources across a broad range of technologies and treatment and applies them to discovery, translational, and delivery research. GCTC has shown exemplary interprofessional teamwork between clinicians, allied health providers, laboratory and computational scientists, epidemiologists, pharmacotherapeutic experts, and qualitative researchers to bring innovation and excellence to a novel paradigm of solutions that will transform the care of organ transplantation in Canada and around the world.

The team is led by Dr. Paul Keown and includes 84 members from UBC and around the world. View the list of team members.

The 2021 honourable mention is the Long-Term Care Interdisciplinary Research Team at Providence Health Care. The research team aims to reduce staff stress and burnout related to resident deaths in long-term care. Team members value diversity in disciplines, culture, gender, and life experience and continuously draw on each other’s individual strengths and differences to be innovative and creative with solutions. The team’s three-phase research project sought to understand interdisciplinary care team stress, identified potential strategies to help alleviate staff burnout, and implemented supporting strategies for staff emotional wellbeing. Through their commitment to research, teaching, and manuscript publications, team members are working to meet the support needs of long-term care staff to reduce burnout and provide residents and their families with the highest level of care at end-of-life.

Team members are Karen Pott (team lead), Chris Bernard, Kit Chan, Anne Leclerc, Joseph Puyat, Paddy Rodney, and Annes Song.


The RICHER (Responsive, Intersectoral-Interdisciplinary, Child-Community, Health, Education and Research) Social Pediatrics Initiative of BC Children’s Hospital is the winner of the 2017 John F. McCreary Prize for Interprofessional Teamwork.

Led by Dr. Judith Lynam, Professor in the UBC School of Nursing, and Dr. Christine Loock, Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Pediatrics, RICHER is an interprofessional and intersectoral clinical practice initiative introduced to complement, enrich and extend existing clinical services along the continuum, from prevention to specialized supports for children in Vancouver’s inner city. Comprised of various interdisciplinary health care providers, researchers, and community partners (including UBC, the Provincial Health Services Authority, BC regional health authorities, nurses, family physicians, specialists, among others), the program has built evidence-based services for the socially and economically marginalized individuals and families in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Clinicians and community partners are guided by a commitment to fostering equitable access to a range of care in order to achieve equitable outcomes for some of the province’s most disadvantaged children.


Acute Rehabilitation Program at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children for their project on “Creating One Interprofessional Discharge Report in Partnership with Patients, Families, and Community Providers”.

Honourable Mentions:

  • The Adolescent Complex Concussion Clinic at the G. F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre
  • The Fraser Street Medical Chronic Disease Management Team