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Dr. Kelleher brings significant experience and is recognized internationally for innovation in academic health leadership and administration, clinical care, research and education.
Dr. Kelleher joined UBC in 2015 as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. Prior to his appointment at UBC, Dr. Kelleher served as Vice-President Health and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London, where he also held a concurrent appointment as Dean of the Lee Kong Chian Medical School in Singapore until 2014. Dr. Kelleher has also served as Head of the School of Medicine and Vice Provost for Medical Affairs at Trinity College, Dublin.
Dr. Kelleher graduated from medicine from Trinity College Dublin in 1978, going on to specialize in gastroenterology. Author of 300 publications and 14 patents, Dr. Kelleher’s research examines the immune response to many of the leading causes of gastrointestinal infectious disease worldwide. Over the years he has received many prestigious awards including a Fogarty Scholarship at the University of California San Diego, Wellcome Senior Fellow in Clinical Science, and most recently the Conway Medal from the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.
With a strong commitment to innovation and collaboration, Dr. Kelleher has worked to found several companies supporting both translational developments in biomedical science and fostering collaboration in biomedical research in both Dublin and London. He also served as President of the Federation of European Academies of Medicine until moving to British Columbia.
As Executive Vice Dean, Dr. Deborah Money will have a major role in the management of the Faculty of Medicine, including working with the Faculty in the implementation of the five year strategic plan. She will also provide operational leadership to Department Heads and School Directors, as well as oversight of academic standards and the administrative functions of the Faculty.
Dr. Money is a distinguished member of our community as an alumna, Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, associate member in the Department of Medicine and the School of Population and Public Health, and active clinician and researcher in Reproductive Infectious Diseases. She trained with a BSc in Microbiology, then completed her MD followed by her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UBC. Dr. Money did a clinical and research Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington, and returned to UBC and to the Oak Street campus as the first individual in Canada with this combined training. Most recently, Dr. Money was Vice President, Research at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, Provincial Health Services Authority.
In collaboration with colleagues at UBC, Dr. Money has developed an education and translational research program in Reproductive Infectious Diseases with research focused on three major areas: HIV in pregnancy, Human papilloma virus (HPV), and the prevention of cervical cancer; and most recently is leading a personalized medicine research program (CIHR/Genome BC) to understand the role of the vaginal microbiome in health and disease. She is also actively involved in teaching at the undergraduate, postgraduate and CME level, and established the first fellowship in Infectious Diseases for Obstetrician/Gynecologists in Canada.
As Executive Associate Dean, Clinical Partnerships and Professionalism, Dr. Parhar provides strategic coordination and leadership between the Faculty of Medicine and the Health Authorities. Working with the provincial government, other universities, agencies and other public sector institutions, he supports faculty members engaged in clinical activities throughout the Province, and provides oversight of the Office of Clinical Faculty Affairs.
In addition, Dr. Parhar provides professionalism leadership to facilitate the prevention and resolution of concerns and complaints across all sites for undergraduate students, post-graduate trainees, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty members.
After growing up in Kitimat, BC, Dr. Parhar received his MD from the University of Calgary in 1992 and subsequently completed his postgraduate training at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. His clinical practice in Vancouver Coastal Health and in Fraser Health focuses on immigrants, refugees, workers’ health and patients with severe disabilities. He teaches extensively in undergraduate and postgraduate programs on the topics of professionalism, equity, cultural safety, psychosocial aspects of healthcare, and medical disability. Dr. Parhar is currently the principal investigator on several educational innovation grants employing interprofessional models to address issues important to underserved populations, particularly Indigenous Peoples.
As Executive Associate Dean, Education, Dr. Wong offers strategic leadership, while creating and nurturing existing partnerships to help move the vision for the Faculty of Medicine forward. In addition to overseeing the distribution of the Faculty’s educational programs across the province, he will ensure accreditation standards are met and that our programs — across the health disciplines and across the continuum of learning — are effectively integrated.
Dr. Wong brings extensive leadership to this role, having served as the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education, since 2012. He is also a Clinical Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Medicine.
Dr. Wong works tirelessly to advance academic and clinical health sciences related to geriatrics, and his work has significant impact on the care for older people in Canada and beyond. He was President of the Canadian Geriatrics Society and founded the state-of-the-art Acute Care for Elders Units (ACE) in Vancouver, which has been implemented nationally and internationally. His clinical research focuses on hospital medicine in vulnerable older adults, including quality improvement in acute care geriatrics. Dr. Wong has published and lectured extensively on geriatric medicine and medical education.
Dr. Robert McMaster is a Professor, Department of Medical Genetics. He brings considerable administrative experience and intellectual vigor to the role and is particularly well-positioned to foster scientific collaborations between the Faculty and its health authority partners, as he is currently the Vice President Research for Vancouver Coastal Health and the Executive Director of the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI).
Dr. McMaster received a Bachelor and Master of Science from UBC, followed by a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. A Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics, he has focused his research on molecular immunology, parasitology and transplant immunology. He previously served as Head of the Department of Medical Genetics from 2000 to 2010 and was also Director of the Immunity and Infection Research Centre of VCHRI and Director of Transplant Immunology for B.C. Transplant.
As the Interim Executive Associate Dean, Research, Dr. McMaster will lead the development of a health and life sciences research strategy and ensure the research is translational and of the highest caliber. He will provide guidance to health research program leaders and ensure resources are supported effectively across the Faculty on all campuses and health authorities. He will also play a key role in formulating the research component of the Faculty’s new strategic plan, and will ensure that the Faculty’s activities align with the plan’s priorities.
Appointed to the position of Associate Dean, Health Professions Education in March 2013, Dr. William Miller provides strategic leadership to the health professions (other than medicine) within the Faculty. He ensures that resources are optimized across the health professions and that cross-cutting education themes identified in the Strategic Plan are embedded in the Faculty’s educational programs.
Dr. Miller completed his undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy at UBC followed by graduate studies in Occupational Therapy, and Epidemiology and Biostatics at the University of Western Ontario. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Sciences, he joined UBC’s Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy. Dr. Miller is currently a Professor in the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy.
His research is focused on the measurement, determination and epidemiology of mobility disability and its influence on the participation in daily and social activities of adults. In addition to his research, Dr. Miller teaches students in the Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences graduate programs. He also provides continuing education to occupational therapists and other health professionals.