An Advisory Committee guides BISC’s work. The Branch has amassed Committee members from all surgery-related departments who all bring considerable talent in the area of surgical care in low resource regions.


Director: Dr. Brian Westerberg, MD, MHSc, FRCSC
Clinical  Professor, Dept. of Surgery
Otology & Neurotology, St. Paul’s Hospital
Westerberg BioPresentation – Rotary Hearing Health Care Program in UgandaOPSEI

Founding Director:  Dr. Robert H Taylor, MD, CM; MIH; FRCSC; DipTM.
Clinical  Professor, Dept. of Surgery,  General Surgeon
Taylor BioCVPublications

Associate Director: Dr. David Fairholm, MD, FRSCS
Clinical Professor, Dept. of Surgery, Neurosurgery
Fairholm Bio



Dr. Geoffrey K. Blair, MD, FRCSC
Clinical Professor,
Pediatric Surgeon, British Columbia Children’s Hospital

Dr. Kevin Bush, MD, FRCSC
Clinical Associate Professor Plastic Surgery
Bush – Plastic Surgery – Uganda

Dr. Paul Dubord, B.Sc., M.D. (Alta.), FRCSC
Clinical Professor, Dept. of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Member, World Health Organization’s Expert Advisory Panel on Human Cell, Tissue & Organ Transplantation
Dubord BioDubord Interview

Dr. Mark Nigro, MD, (ALTA.), FRCSC
Clinical Professor, Department of Urologic Sciences

Dr. Peter O’Brien
Associate Professor, Department Deputy Head, Orthopaedics

Dr. Norgrove Penny, CM, MD, FRCSC
Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery
Senior Advisor for Physical Impairment, CBM International

Dr. Karim Qayumi, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Professor and Director of Research, Dept. of Surgery
Director of Centre of Excellence for Surgical Education and Innovation

Dr. Eleanor J. Reimer, MD, FRCPC
Clinical Professor,
Chief of Pediatric Anesthesia
BC Children’s Hospital
Reimer Bio

Dr. Flora Teng
Clinical Instructor, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Dr. Nancy Van Laeken, MD, FRCSC
Clinical Professor Plastic Surgery
St. Paul’s Hospital, BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital and Mount St. Joseph Hospital



Past Members:
Dr. Jan Christilaw, President BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre
Dr. Nelson Greidanus, Director of Resident Education in the Division of Lower Limb Reconstruction; Oncology at Vancouver General Hospital.
Dr. Eric Webber, Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine