Meet the Team

Leadership

Dr. Dermot Kelleher

Dermot Kelleher, MD, FRCPI, FRCP, FMedSci

Vice-President, Health
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Professor, Department of Medicine

Professor Dermot Kelleher serves as Vice-President Health and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. From 2012 to 2015, he was Vice President (Health) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London and concurrently Dean of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Singapore. From 2004 to 2012 he was Head of the School of Medicine and Vice-Provost for Medical Affairs at Trinity College, Dublin, where he led the development of the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Molecular Medicine Ireland as well as the Wellcome Trust HRB Clinical Research Centre. Prior to this, he was a Wellcome Senior Fellow in Clinical Science at Trinity College Dublin following clinical and research training in gastroenterology in Ireland and San Diego.

Professor Kelleher’s research interests have focused on immunology of the gastrointestinal tract. He has successfully obtained funding from a wide range of sources including the Wellcome Trust, Health Research Board and Enterprise Ireland, European Union 4th and 5th Frameworks, and while in the US, from the National Institute of Health. He has been a co-founder of Opsona Therapeutics, Cellix Limited and Deerac Fluidics which merged with the US-based company Labcyte. He has been a Non-Executive Director at ICON PLC from 2008 until 2019.

Professor Kelleher is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, London and has served as President of the Federation of European Academies of Medicine.

Anne Martin-Matthews, O.C., Ph.D., FCAHS

Associate Vice-President, Health
Professor, Department of Sociology

604-822-7333
amm@mail.ubc.ca

As Associate Vice-President Health, Anne Martin-Matthews is responsible for providing academic leadership and development, and administrative management and delivery related to the strategic initiatives of UBC Health.

A Professor of Sociology, she was seconded to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) as Acting Vice-President Research, Knowledge Translation and Ethics (2017-2018). From 2004-2011, she was Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Aging. There, she championed the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging, the Mobility in Aging strategic initiative, and established CIHR’s Summer Programme in Aging. Anne’s research focuses on aging and old age, social care and health, and home care for older adults. She has been Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal on Aging and President, Research Committee on Aging, International Sociological Association. At UBC she has held administrative roles as Associate Dean, Research and Dean pro tem in the Faculty of Arts.

With a PhD in Sociology from McMaster University, Anne holds honourary degrees from Newcastle University (UK) and her alma mater, Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has received Killam and national awards for her excellence in student mentoring. Anne serves on the Board of Directors of AGEWELL: Canada’s Technology and Aging Network, and in advisory roles for Finland’s Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. In 2018 she was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada, in recognition of her research contributions in aging.

Rosemin Kassam

Rosemin Kassam, PHARMD., Ph.D.

Director of EDUCATION
Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health

Rosemin is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) at UBC. She holds a PhD in Health Sciences from Simon Fraser University, a Pharm, D. from the University of Toronto, and a hospital pharmacy residency from the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, and a BSc in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta. She is a Registered Pharmacist in British Columbia.

Rosemin has extensive expertise in development of and research on health educational curricula and interprofessional patient-centered education and practice. She served as Director of Structured Practice Education in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. At SPPH, she has been actively engaged in education and training in population and public health. She has collaborated in the development of online resources for clinical instructors and preceptors (eg. E-tips www.preceptoreducation.ca), students, interns, residents and practitioners in various health professions. She chaired the Division of Practice Education for UBC’s College of Health Disciplines (2005-2008).

In 2011, Rosemin received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Commitment and Service from Pharmacy Practice and Drugstore Canada. A Ben Grant award from the BC Pharmacy Association recognized her contributions to transforming pharmacy practice in BC.

In her new role, Rosemin will be a key member of the senior management team in the portfolio of the Vice-President Health. Building on existing strengths in interprofessional education activities at UBC, she will work to facilitate innovation in collaborative health education, including the development, implementation, and evaluation of collaborative curricula and practice-based education across UBC’s health and human service programs.

Kim McGrail

Kim McGrail, Ph.D.

Director of Research
Scientific Director, SPOR Canadian Data Platform
Scientific Director, Population Data BC
Professor, UBC School of Population and Public Health

Kim is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health and the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at UBC. She is Scientific Director of Population Data BC and the SPOR Canadian Data Platform. 

Her research interests are quantitative policy evaluation, aging and the use and cost of health services, and the ethical and technical aspects of the development and operation of large linked data systems. Her research is conducted in collaboration with policy and decision makers, clinicians, and the public.

Kim is a founding member of the International Population Data Linkage Network and founding Deputy Editor of the International Journal of Population Data Science. She was the 2009-10 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Associate in Health Care Policy and Practice, a 2016 recipient of the Cortlandt JG Mackenzie Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and 2017 recipient of a UBC award for Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research.  She holds a PhD in Health Care and Epidemiology from UBC, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

In her new role, Kim will be a key member of the senior leadership team in the portfolio of the Vice-President Health. She will work to initiate and support collaborations among academic and clinical faculty and other stakeholders on relevant translational health research issues; and engage, in partnership with UBC academic leaders and stakeholders, in aligning use of health data in translational research and in the application of knowledge to health systems.

Team (listed alphabetically)

Veronica Grant

Veronica Grant

Administrative Assistant

604–827–5698
ubchealth.admin@ubc.ca

Veronica provides support to the Directors of UBC Health, including administrative support for the Directors' committees and special projects. Veronica is also a part of the administration team responsible for the efficient operations of UBC Health. Drawing on her experience working in a number of units across UBC, Veronica brings a high level of organization, attention to detail, and initiative to all aspects of her role.

Cathy Kline

Cathy Kline

Research Coordinator, Patient and Community Partnership For Education

604–822–8002
cckline@mail.ubc.ca

Cathy joined UBC in 2003. She manages research and development initiatives that promote patient and public involvement in health professional education and has helped to build a network of over 150 patient educators and 80 community organizations at UBC. Her work involves collaborations with faculty, students, patients, community organizations, and international scholars in research and program development to integrate patient expertise and experience into mainstream educational practice. Her current research interests are in studying the outcomes of patient engagement in health professional education, particularly the long-term impacts on professional identity, health care communication and decision making. Her background is in qualitative research, program planning and evaluation. She has a BA (Psychology) from Simon Fraser University and MA (Health Education) from Dalhousie University.

Carrie Krekoski

Carrie Krekoski

Practice Education Manager

604–822–7359
carrie.krekoski@ubc.ca

As Practice Education Manager, Carrie supports the strategic planning, development, implementation and evaluation of integrated practice education initiatives. She works in close collaboration with the UBC Health team, faculty leads from various health disciplines, and community partners internal and external to UBC. In addition to her work at UBC Health, Carrie is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UBC Faculty of Dentistry. She teaches in content areas related to professionalism, communications, behavioural change and patient/client-centred care. Carrie brings experience in healthcare regulation and team-based practice. She holds a Masters of Education from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from UBC. She enhances her educational practice with doctoral studies in educational leadership and policy.

Susana Leon

Susana Leon

Administrator

604–822–3737
susleon@mail.ubc.ca

Susana brings extensive experience in university administration to her role at UBC Health, with a particular focus on budget planning and organizational change. As the Administrator, Susana is responsible for the fiscal health and allocation of resources to sustainably support the priorities and initiatives of UBC Health. She provides leadership in the strategic direction and management of all administrative matters including budget planning, financial operations, human resources, process improvements and change initiatives. Susana has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University and a Certificate in University Management from the University of Manitoba. A believer in lifelong learning, she enhances her working experience with courses on organizational leadership, business analysis and world languages.

JENNY Li

EDUCATION PROGRAM ASSISTANT

604–827–3342
ubchealth.educassist@ubc.ca

Jenny Li supports the organization, coordination and logistics of collaborative health education delivered by UBC Health on behalf of the health professional programs at UBC. She provides support in building capacity for collaborative health education and plays a key role in the smooth running of the interprofessional programming from an organizational standpoint. With extensive experience working in a few units across UBC, Jenny has demonstrated abilities to support the delivery of educational projects and initiatives for post-secondary students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature and Masters of Education in Curriculum Studies from UBC. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Executive Assistant at VCC to enhance her office administration skills.

Jen Macdonald

Jen Macdonald

Assistant Coordinator, Patient and Community Partnership For Education

604–822–8002
jen.macdonald@ubc.ca

Jen Macdonald provides coordination for the UBC Interprofessional Health Mentors Program and the Patient & Community Voices workshop series through Patient & Community Partnership for Education in the Office of UBC Health. She works with students and community organizations to promote patient-centered care in the education of health professionals at UBC. Jen has a Masters of Fine Arts degree and a Bachelor of Psychology degree. 

Caroline Voisine

Caroline Voisine

ACTING CURRICULUM MANAGER

604-822-7393
caroline.voisine@ubc.ca

As Acting Curriculum Manager, Caroline oversees the strategic planning, delivery and evaluation of interprofessional education initiatives, with a particular focus on the UBC Health Integrated Curriculum. She works closely with UBC health professional programs to design, enhance and sustain UBC Health’s collaborative education initiatives. She has extensive experience in cross-discipline and cross-cultural stakeholder engagement, and has demonstrated abilities to manage evaluation, quality improvement and strategic planning projects. Caroline has a Licenciatura in Translation and Interpreting from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona , and a Master of Education in International Cooperation in Education and Training from Université Paris-Descartes. She also completed a Certificate in Intercultural Studies at UBC.