In British Columbia, our Faculty and Advisory Committee are widely involved in projects focused on improving access to surgical care in First Nations communities:


Project Leaders: Jane Lea and Brian Westerberg 

With the support of the Hearing Foundation of Canada this project addresses the rising incidence of noise-induced hearing loss in young people. Sound Sense educates children about the dangers of noise exposure allows us to reduce the risk of noise-induced hearing loss for children in the First Nations communities of Bella Bella, Tofino, Kitkatla, and Hartley Bay, and other Northern B.C. communities.


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.