Meet the Team
Dermot Kelleher, MD, FRCPI, FRCP, FMEDSCI
Christie A. Newton, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Associate Vice-President, Health
Ben Fair, MA
Assistant Director, Health Systems
As Assistant Director, Health Systems at UBC Health, Ben Fair provides leadership to expand UBC Health’s remit in health systems in alignment with the UBC Health strategic plan. He focuses on initiatives and objectives that involve current healthcare providers and patients. He works closely with UBC Health senior leadership to conceptualize and implement a collaborative planning approach in health systems innovations across both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses of UBC and with external partners.
Ben worked in healthcare planning, project management, and evaluation for 17 years prior to joining UBC Health. He is passionate about applying evidence to build collective purpose to improve health outcomes, equity, and patient experience. He brings expertise in cross-sector collaborations and partner engagement, health program design and evaluation, and quality improvement. His background spans many sectors of healthcare, from primary care to tertiary services, with emphasis on Indigenous health, team-based care, and mental health and substance use.
Assistant Director, Patient and Community Engagement
As Assistant Director, Patient and Community Engagement, Cathy Kline works closely with the directors of Patient and Community Partnership for Education at UBC Health to provide leadership for operationalizing strategic plan objectives related to patient and community engagement. She builds capacity for sustainable patient and community partnerships by developing and leading strategies to advance the inclusion of people with lived experience throughout UBC Health’s core areas of collaborative health education, interdisciplinary health research, and health systems.
Since 2003, Cathy has advanced research and development initiatives that promote patient and public involvement in health professional education. 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.
Cathy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Arts in Health Education from Dalhousie University.
Susana Leon 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.
Victoria Wood, MA, EdD
Assistant Director, Strategic Initiatives
As Assistant Director, Strategic Initiatives, Victoria Wood works towards ensuring that UBC Health’s vision, strategy, priorities, and objectives are understood, supported, and advanced.
Victoria has been with UBC since 2007, facilitating cross-disciplinary collaborations. Working with internal and external stakeholders, Victoria plans, develops, and implements programs that meet the unit’s and university’s strategic priorities. Her roles at UBC and beyond have involved developing, delivering, and evaluating educational initiatives across the continuum of learning, including university- and practice-based education and professional development for practicing professionals. She is an experienced facilitator specializing in leadership development, team-based competencies, communication skills, and conflict management.
Victoria holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology, a Master of Arts in International Relations, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy.
Nadine Caron, BSc, MD, MPh, FRCS
Special Advisor on Indigenous Health to the Vice-President, Health and to the Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Co-Director, Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health, Faculty of Medicine
Professor, Northern Medical Program and Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine
First Nations Health Authority Chair in Cancer and Wellness, UBC
Senior Scientist, Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer
Nadine 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. Nadine 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 her role of Special Advisor on Indigenous Health, Nadine provides 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. She offers advice and leadership on meaningful changes to address barriers to culturally-safe and racism-free educational and healthcare systems, including expanding and promoting cultural safety and humility as fundamental to collaborative health education and research. In addition, Nadine plays 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.
Ray Markham, (OBC) MB ChB, MRCGP, CCFP, FCFP
Special Advisor to the Vice-President, Health on Health Systems
Clinical Professor, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine
Executive Director, Rural Coordination Centre of BC
Ray Markham is Special Advisor to the Vice-President, Health on Health Systems, Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Practice in the Faculty of Medicine, and Executive Director of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC.
He has worked in rural family practice for over 20 years and currently lives in Valemount, where he practices full-service rural generalist family medicine in the Robson Valley. His diverse and productive medical career has taken him across the globe, including South Africa, the United Kingdom, Antarctica, Kenya, Haiti, and Zimbabwe. He is passionate about rural medicine in BC, where he helped establish the Northern Interior Rural Division of Family Practice as one of its founding directors and led its primary care network implementation.
In his role of Special Advisor to the Vice-President, Health on Health Systems, Ray provides vision and leadership to advance UBC Health’s strategic focus on innovation in the provincial health system. He chairs the UBC Health Systems Advisory Committee, which advises the Office of the Vice-President Health | UBC Health on priority issues in the health sector to enable dialogue, activate assets, and advance policies and innovations to improve health systems at the individual and community levels. Ray is key to building and maintaining relationships between health system leaders, including academia, government, health authorities, health administrators, providers, and communities. With his experience and expertise in health systems planning, community contexts, and underserved populations, Ray plays a pivotal role in enabling effective advocacy for continuous quality improvement and knowledge translation in the health ecosystem.
Co-Director, Patient and Community Partnership For Education
Professor Emeritus, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
William Godolphin has been a teacher and researcher for many years, with projects and publications ranging across lipoproteins, breast cancer prognostic factors, clinical laboratory toxicology, laboratory automation and medical education. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.
Brenda Gonzalez comes to UBC Health with a strong background in developing and implementing strategies in health and social services, specifically for equity-deserving communities. With a passion for fostering more equitable systems, Brenda has successfully led various projects aimed at building capacity for service providers and improving access to public services in rural and remote communities. As Project Coordinator, she works closely with UBC Health leadership and team members to support the development and implementation of projects that align with UBC Health’s strategic priorities across collaborative health education, interdisciplinary health research, and health systems. Brenda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UBC.
Research and Development Assistant, Patient and Community Partnership for Education
Leslie Guo is in her final year of the Entry-to-Practice PharmD Program. Through her diverse experiences in various practice settings, Leslie has become acutely aware of the need to integrate patient voices for a truly holistic patient-centric approach. She is actively involved in research surrounding the current landscape of patient involvement within healthcare education programs. Her role within the Patient and Community Partnership for Education continues to catalyze her passion for peer-to-peer learning and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Education Program Manager
Michelle Hamilton is Education Program Manager at UBC Health, responsible for operationalizing strategic collaborative health education initiatives and leading the delivery of complex interprofessional education curriculum programs and activities through collaboration with faculty, staff, and diverse patient and community partners and coordination across multiple health departments, faculties, and campuses at UBC.
Michelle has more than a decade of experience coordinating collaborative and competency-based educational programs, including a diverse list of logistically complex learning events. Through her work in the Faculty of Medicine, she supported the expansion of postgraduate medical education programs on Vancouver Island, adopting innovative administrative processes for distributed learning. She contributed to the delivery of the UBC Health Integrated Curriculum and other interprofessional workshops across multiple sites centered around professionalism, cultural safety, and patient-centered care. Michelle uses her experience with building interprofessional relationships and working within distributed education programs to enhance interprofessional education opportunities across the province. Her background includes formal training and extensive experience in finance, business management, and project management.
Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice-President, Health
As Executive Assistant, Do-Rim Joo provides executive level support to the Associate Vice-President, Health. She also supports the functioning of the UBC Health Executive and UBC Health Council, as well as special projects within the health portfolio. She works closely with the UBC Health team to build positive, strategic relationships with campus and community partners and ensure that the priorities of the portfolio move forward. Do-Rim has extensive experience in executive support, event planning and execution, and office operations, working with regional and international partners in academia, government, and the corporate sector. Do-Rim has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UBC.
Practice Education Manager
As Practice Education Manager, Carrie Krekoski 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.
Education Program Assistant
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 in English Language and Literature and a Masters of Education in Curriculum Studies from UBC and a certificate from the Executive Assistance program at Vancouver Community College.
Program Coordinator, Patient and Community Partnership for Education
Jen MacDonald provides coordination for the UBC Interprofessional Health Mentors Program and the Patient & Community Voices workshop series through the Patient and Community Partnership for Education unit at 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.
Teo Quay, MSC
Teo Quay is Research Manager at UBC Health and is responsible for the strategic planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of interdisciplinary research initiatives across the unit. She focuses on fostering innovation, driving impact, and cultivating relationships and communities across UBC’s health research ecosystem. Teo has more than a decade of experience in health research, policy, and academic publishing and a diverse background in research, management, partner engagement, and science communications. She has a comprehensive understanding of the health landscape and an enthusiasm for interdisciplinary collaboration. Teo holds a Master of Science from UBC and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph.
Jasvir Sandhu is Research Assistant and plays a role in UBC Health’s interdisciplinary health research activities. She is contributing to the development a web-based knowledge sharing hub for disaggregated data guidance and collaborates on offering guidance surrounding the collection and effective utilization of disaggregated data, all with a strong commitment to advancing data justice principles. As an undergraduate student, Jasvir hopes to continue to integrate her technical skills with a profound dedication to promoting equitable health outcomes.
Research and Development Assistant, Patient and Community Partnership for Education
Mannat Sidhu is in her final year at UBC, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education. She is dedicated to promoting more accessible health and well-being, and empowering communities and is excited to make a positive impact on the field of healthcare through her position as Research and Development Assistant. Mannat utilizes research and evidence-based strategies to help create patient-centered learning resources for health professionals.
Project Manager, Gateway to Team-Based Care
As Project Manager, Hillary Stevens works closely with UBC Health leadership and team members to support the operational planning and implementation of the Gateway to Team-Based Care project. She brings extensive experience working in clinical healthcare settings and has a strong background in health promotion and program planning in higher education. With a passion for student development and interdisciplinary collaboration, Hilary has supported student leaders and learners in a variety of settings and has served as a clinical instructor and preceptor in the UBC Dietetics program for a number of years. Hillary is a registered dietitian, attaining her dietetics degree from the University of British Columbia.
Co-Director, Patient and Community Partnership For Education
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
Senior Scholar, Centre for Health Education Scholarship, Faculty of Medicine
Angela Towle's expertise, especially in the management of change, builds on her past experience in health services development and change in medical education with the King's Fund, London, UK. She is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Senior Scholar in the Centre for Health Education Scholarship at UBC, and Academic Director of the UBC Learning Exchange in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Between 2002 and 2010, she was Associate Dean, MD Undergraduate Education in the Faculty of Medicine.
SUBSTANCE USE & ADDICTION PARTNERSHIP MANAGER
Elizabeth (Liz) Yue brings her passion for public health and her expertise in the area of substance use disorder research and education to her role as Substance Use and Addiction Partnership Manager. The position is a joint appointment between UBC Health and the BC Centre on Substance Use, and Liz works out of both locations, managing the initiatives shared by the two organizations that focus on improving substance use education, clinical training and research. In this innovative role, she also works to identify shared priorities and opportunities for program alignment and further partnership between BCCSU and UBC Health. Collaborating with 17 health profession programs on both UBC campuses as well as health system partners, she works to coordinate an interdisciplinary education strategy that provides students with foundational training in substance use and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery. Liz has a wealth of experience in interdisciplinary stakeholder engagement and substance addiction education and training. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Science degree from UBC.