Ranked among the world’s top medical schools with the fifth-largest MD enrollment in North America, the UBC Faculty of Medicine is a leader in both the science and the practice of medicine1.
Across British Columbia, more than 12,000 faculty and staff are training the next generation of doctors and health care professionals, making remarkable discoveries, and helping to create the pathways to better health for our communities at home and around the world.
Learn about the Faculty’s strategic plan.
Learn about the Faculty’s commitment to helping improve health for Indigenous communities.
Find a list of academic leaders and biographies.
A directory of departments, schools and research centres & institutes.
Milestones & Discoveries
2017: Launch of the School of Biomedical Engineering to foster innovation, interdisciplinary training and technology transfer with industry.
2015: The largest MD class in British Columbia’s history graduates from UBC.
2014: UBC’s distributed MD undergraduate program marks 10 year anniversary
2009: Drs. Samuel Aparicio and Marco Marra are the first to decode the entire genome of a patient’s metastatic cancer.
2004: UBC launches its distributed MD undergraduate program – the first distributed medical education program in Canada.
2003: Dr. Marco Marra leads the first team to sequence the SARS genome, while Drs. Brett Finlay and Robert Brunham lead a successful international effort to find an effective vaccine against the disease.
2002: UBC creates a Midwifery Program – one of only four midwife training programs in Canada.
1999: Dr. Michael Hayden identifies the major gene underlying high-density lipoprotein (“good” cholesterol) in humans.
1995: Dr. Julio Montaner leads the development of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy, a treatment adopted as the international standard of care for HIV/AIDS.
1993: Dr. Michael Smith wins the Nobel Prize for his development of site-directed mutagenesis – a technique that allows the DNA sequence of any gene to be altered in a designated manner.
1 Times Higher Education 2021 Rankings: 30th in life sciences & 39th in clinical, pre-clinical and health
QS World University 2022 Rankings: 24th in life sciences and medicine