The Office of the Vice-President, Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Nadine Caron as Special Advisor on Indigenous Health to the Vice-President, Health and to the Dean, Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Caron is a member of the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation and a practising surgical oncologist in northern British Columbia. She is a professor in the Northern Medical Program and Department of Surgery, the sole Indigenous physician within BC Cancer, as well as a senior scientist at Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre at BC Cancer. Dr. Caron is the inaugural First Nations Health Authority Chair in Cancer and Wellness at the University of British Columbia. She is also a founding Co-Director of the UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health and consultant in development of BC’s first ever Indigenous Cancer Strategy to improve Indigenous cancer outcomes and experiences in BC.

In the newly-created role of Special Advisor on Indigenous Health, Dr. Caron will provide vision, leadership, and diplomacy in advancing both UBC Health’s and the Faculty of Medicine’s strategic focus on promoting an Indigenous lens on collaborative health education and research. 

Over the course of her term to December 30, 2023, Dr. Caron will offer advice and leadership on meaningful changes to address barriers to culturally-safe and racism-free educational and healthcare systems. This will include expanding and promoting cultural safety and humility as fundamental to collaborative health education and research.

In addition, she will play a pivotal role in facilitating consistent, open channels of communication with faculty, staff, students, Indigenous communities, the senior leadership of the university, and partners involved in Indigenous health.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Caron on her appointment.

Posted June 16, 2021


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