Dr. Dermot Kelleher brings significant experience and is recognized internationally for innovation in academic health leadership and administration, clinical care, research and education.
Dr. Kelleher joined the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2015 and serves as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Vice-President, Health. 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 School of Medicine 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 and general internal medicine. Author of 300 publications and 14 patents, Dr. Kelleher’s research examines immune responses in gastrointestinal disease and cancer. Over the years he has received many prestigious awards including a NIH Fogarty Scholarship at the University of California San Diego, Wellcome Senior Fellowship in Clinical Science, and the Conway Medal from the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.
With a strong commitment to innovation and collaboration, Dr. Kelleher currently serves on the advisory board of Research Excellence Framework (REF) in the U.K., and is the Chair of the Standing Committee on Research and Innovation at the Association of Faculties of Medicine Canada. He has a strong background in innovation over his entire career and has worked to found several companies supporting both translational developments in biomedical science and fostering collaboration in biomedical research in both Dublin and London, including for example, MedCity in London. In addition, he has served as a non-executive Director of ICON plc, a globally leading Clinical Research Organization. A Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (London), he also served as President of the Federation of European Academies of Medicine before moving to British Columbia, Canada.
As Vice Dean, Academic, Dr. Lovato will provide oversight of academic standards to the administrative functions of the Faculty, provide support and guidance to academic leadership, and oversee the implementation of the Faculty’s strategic plan.
Dr. Lovato is a professor within the School of Population and Public Health and has served in multiple leadership roles at UBC. She was the interim director of the School between 2016 and 2018 and was director of the Evaluation Studies Unit, Faculty of Medicine from 2004 to 2015, leading the development of the UBC database that tracks undergraduate medical students from admission to practice.
As Vice 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.
As Vice-Dean, Health Engagement, Dr. Michael Allard is responsible for working with the provincial health authorities, relevant health and academic organizations, and government to facilitate, coordinate and optimize academic activities and foster their integration to support the health system in B.C.
Dr. Allard completed both his undergraduate and medical degrees at UBC. Following a rotating internship at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, he returned to UBC for a residency in anatomic pathology that included a research fellowship in the UBC Pulmonary Research Laboratory. He then undertook a cardiovascular research fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, returning to Vancouver in 1990. His research has focused primarily on mechanisms responsible for adaptation of the heart to exercise and hypertension. More recently, Dr. Allard has turned his attention to developing approaches to assess academic workload and to enable better integration of clinical and academic activities in pathology practice settings. Dr. Allard is a Principal Investigator in the James Hogg Research Centre and a Cardiovascular Pathologist at St. Paul’s Hospital, and he remains actively involved in educational programs at UBC.
Dr. Allard previously served as Head of the UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine from 2009 to 2018. He is currently President of the UBC Medical Alumni Association.
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 Vice 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.