Brian Westerberg, MD, MHSc, FRCSC

Dr. 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.




Founding Director

Robert H. Taylor, C.M., MD, MIH, DipTM, FRCSC

Dr. Taylor is a Clinical Professor with UBC’s Department of Surgery and a General Surgeon staff member of Vancouver’s Providence Health Care Hospitals. A significant part of his 40-plus year career has been focused on surgical care in under-served populations in every continent of the world through surgical service, surgical training and infrastructure development. He has worked with faith-based organizations, University programs, NGO’s and the International Red Cross.






Managing Director

Elenor Ball-Banting, BA, PGCert

Prior to joining the Branch, Elenor served as Founding Board Chair and Program Manager for Femme International, an international NGO for menstrual health education. Throughout her career, she has advocated and acted on her interest in international development and health education, working in Canada, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Kenya, and Tanzania. For this, Elenor was recognized early in her career as a recipient of the Global Changemaker Award. She has also supported work with CAMH, Amnesty International, ShelterBox, and numerous other educational programs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and a Post-Graduate Certificate in International  Development Business and Project Management from Humber College.