Dr. Anne Martin-Matthews has announced that she has decided to step down from her role as Associate Vice-President (AVP), Health at the end of June 2022.

“It has been a privilege to serve in this role and to collaborate with colleagues so committed to UBC’s strategic vision in establishing the portfolio of the Vice-President, Health and working to realize its potential. - Dr. Anne Martin-Matthews, Associate Vice-President, Health

As the inaugural AVP, Health appointed in February 2019, Anne has worked tirelessly to bring to life the expansion of UBC Health to encompass collaborative health education, interdisciplinary research, and health systems. She has made a significant impact on the improvement and renewal of UBC Health’s existing programs, while creating a number of new opportunities to support interdisciplinary and cross-campus collaborations for faculty, staff, and students. These initiatives included strengthening the integration of a range of health initiatives with the UBC Okanagan campus and enhanced partnerships with government and external organizations that are crucial to advancing health systems.

Under Anne’s leadership, UBC Health developed a new strategic plan Better Health Together, which provides a roadmap to guide activities across both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, as well as a framework to support new collaborations that help draw the communities we serve from around the province and the university closer together. She led a review and revision of the UBC Health governance structure and expanded and strengthened the staff complement and strategic capacities of the portfolio. Anne also led a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary, and integrative process in the development of a business case for an innovative team-based primary care teaching clinic planned for the new Gateway South Building on the Vancouver campus.

Anne has been the steadfast “non-partisan broker” for the Office of the Vice-President, Health and for a variety of health and human service programs across both campuses. I am very grateful for her leadership, dedication, and many contributions to the portfolio.

Starting immediately, I will be working with the UBC President and Senate offices to determine the process and timeline to fill the role of Associate Vice-President, Health. More information will be available in the coming months.

Please join me in thanking Anne and wishing her well as she embarks on her next chapter.

Dermot Kelleher MB, MD, FRCP, FRCPI, FMedSci, FCAHS, FRCPC, AGAF
Vice-President, Health
Professor, Department of Medicine
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
University of British Columbia

Posted February 11, 2022