Project Leaders

Dr. Jane Lea is an Otolaryngologist specializing in Otology and Neurotology at St. Paul’s Hospital. She obtained her MD in 2005, and completed residency in Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto in 2010. She has completed subspecialty fellowship training in two disciplines: Otology and Neurotology, and Pediatric Otolaryngology, both at the University of British Columbia. Post-fellowship training abroad at Johns Hopkins University and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital was also undertaken in the field of vestibular disorders. Her current clinical practice and research endeavours are focused on disorders of hearing and balance.

 

Dr. Brian Westerberg is a Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia and a practicing Otolaryngology (Neurotology) surgeon at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver. For the past 15 years he has been involved in service missions to Zimbabwe, Uganda and Ethiopia. In Uganda, supported by Rotary International, he has led the Hearing Health Care projects which have studied hearing loss and provided temporal bone courses and clinical officers lecture series focusing on issues of capacity building, sustainability, and the role of medical missions. Currently, Dr. Westerberg serves as the Director of the Branch for International Surgical Care at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Morad Hameed is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Head of the Division of General Surgery at UBC. He is a trauma surgeon and intensivist at the Vancouver General Hospital. He also serves as the Chief of the Divisions of General Surgery, Vancouver Acute and University of British Columbia. Dr. Hameed is past President of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons.  His clinical and research interests are in trauma and acute care surgery, with a focus on trauma systems, social determinants of health and health information technology.

 

 

Dr. Emilie Joos is a practicing general surgeon and trauma surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital. At the completion of her surgical critical care training, she was appointed as a clinical instructor in trauma at University of Southern California. Dr. Joos participated in a volunteer mission to Haiti with the Medishare project, where she taught basic trauma care to local healthcare providers. She is an instructor for the Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma and an Advanced Trauma Life Support course director.

Dr. Naisan Garraway completed medical school after joining the Canadian Armed Forces. He served as the Canadian Military Senior Medical Advisor with NATO in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 2001 he began a General Surgical residency at UBC in Vancouver. Dr. Garraway completed a one year trauma and two year critical care fellowship also at UBC. He has served 4 tours of duty in Afghanistan at the military hospital in Kandahar and is currently the Medical Director for the Canadian Forces Trauma Training Centre (West). Dr. Garraway is also the Medical Director of the Trauma Program and a General/Trauma Surgeon and ICU Physician on staff at Vancouver General Hospital.

 

Dr. Richard Simons is a General and Trauma Surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital and Professor Emeritus, Department of Surgery, UBC. After a short sojourn as a trauma surgeon for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Thailand and Cambodia, he completed a trauma fellowship and further training in the United States. Dr. Simons has established one of the primary academic trauma programs in Canada supporting undergraduate, residency, fellowship, and Canadian Forces Medical Services trauma training. He is the past recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award of the American College of Surgeons for his work on establishing trauma systems in BC and Canada.

Dr. Chris Reilly is the Head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at BC Children's Hospital and Head of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia. He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas. He is a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the management of paediatric trauma and spinal deformity. He is also the orthopaedic consultant to the Neuromuscular Clinic. His current research interests include functional and surgical outcomes surrounding pediatric trauma, spinal deformities, neuromuscular conditions and athletic knee injuries.

 

 

Dr. John Street is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Orthopedics at UBC, in addition to being co-Medical Director of the Complex Spine Program at VGH, Clinical Lead for the Integrated Ambulatory Spine Program and coordinator of the undergraduate and postgraduate education programs. His clinical practice involves the surgical and non-surgical management of adult patients with spinal disorders, across the entire breadth of degenerative and traumatic conditions of the spine.

Dr. Nancy Van Laeken is a Clinical Professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery at UBC. She is an active Plastic Surgery staff member at many lower mainland hospitals, to include PHC, LGH, VA and BCCH.  She also travels to Bella Bella and Bella Coola in remote BC twice a year to treat patients.  Dr. Van Laeken has been participating in humanitarian work overseas (India, Africa and Bangladesh), for the past 7 years, with the organization Reconstructing Women International and she visited the Phillipines in 2011 with Health for Humanity.

Dr. Brian Toyota is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Neurosurgery at UBC. He is currently staffed at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and the BC Cancer Agency. He was the Residency Program Director, Co-Chair of the BCCA/Vancouver Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program, Provincial Chair of Neuro-oncology for the BCCA, and President of the Canadian Neurosurgical Society. He is currently the project leader for the collaboration between UBC and the National Brain Center (PON) in assisting with  Institutional Specialty Expertise development in Indonesia.

 

 

Dr. David Fairholm is a Neurosurgeon and a Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia. Internationally, he has been influential in establishing a broad range of clinical education programs and reform initiatives in Taiwan and in Indonesia. Currently, Dr. Fairholm is Executive Dean at Pelita Harapan University where he is providing advisory services in clinical education reform and administration. He is a member of the Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery and held the position of Secretary to the Board for eight years.

Dr. Ross Brown is a Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, UBC, and is a practicing general surgeon and trauma surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital. He is also an Associate Medical Director of the Canadian Forces Trauma Training Centre (West). He has completed two tours in Bosnia and three in Afghanistan. In 2010, Dr. Brown was seconded to the Vancouver Olympic Committee to support the Olympic and Paralympic Games, managing the Whistler Polyclinic, which included the Mobile Medical Unit.

 

 

Dr. Emilie Joos is a practicing general surgeon and trauma surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital. At the completion of her surgical critical care training, she was appointed as a clinical instructor in trauma at University of Southern California. Dr. Joos participated in a volunteer mission to Haiti with the Medishare project, where she taught basic trauma care to local healthcare providers. She is an instructor for the Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma and an Advanced Trauma Life Support course director.