The Dean’s Executive Team supports the Departments, Schools, Centres and other units in achieving the Faculty’s academic mission. The Team provides strategic leadership to the Faculty of Medicine. The Team determines direction to inform decisions on cross-cutting issues and opportunities that affect the Faculty’s image, profile and success. The Team fosters and exemplifies the Faculty values. They also build and nurture external relationships including the UBC Executive, government, clinical and community partners.
As Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Gavin Stuart creates and empowers an effective leadership team for the Faculty and ensures a supportive and exciting environment for learners, faculty and staff. An active teacher, clinician and researcher, he is a role model of an academic health leader.
A native of Manitoba, Dr. Stuart attended the University of Western Ontario for his undergraduate medical and postgraduate training in obstetrics and gynecology. This was followed by a Fellowship in Gynecological Oncology at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he stayed on as a faculty member.
Prior to joining The University of British Columbia, Dr. Stuart was Professor and Head of the Department of Oncology at the University of Calgary and Director of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, a position he had held for 12 years. He was appointed Vice President of the Alberta Cancer Board in 1999.
Dr. Stuart has been Dean of the UBC Faculty of Medicine since September 2003. Upon his renewal in September 2009, he was also appointed UBC’s Vice Provost, Health which involves representing the University in health-related interactions with other universities and health authorities.
As Vice Dean, Academic Affairs since July 2012, Dr. Frederick Mikelberg provides internal leadership to the Faculty on academic affairs. He ensures that succession planning and recruitment are well managed and he actively supports the process of strategic planning. Dr. Mikelberg represents the Faculty in the absence of the Dean.
Dr. Mikelberg completed his medical degree at McGill University, followed by postgraduate training at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Queen’s University and UBC.
Since joining the UBC Faculty of Medicine in 1984, he has served as Director of Undergraduate Education, Residency Program Director, Director of the Glaucoma Fellowship Training Program, and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences. A Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Dr. Mikelberg’s clinical practice is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with glaucoma and his research examines the assessment of the optic disc in glaucoma.
Dr. Robert Liston was appointed Executive Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs in November 2011. In this role, he ensures there is an effective linkage and coordination with the Health Authorities. Dr. Liston provides leadership and support for programs within the community and for strategic new initiatives that engage the service delivery sector. He also supports and nurtures faculty members engaged in clinical activity throughout the province.
Dr. Liston received his medical degree from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland and trained in obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Dundee.
Prior to moving to British Columbia in 1998, Dr. Liston was Professor at Dalhousie University, as well as Postgraduate Program Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Chief of Obstetrics at IWK Grace Hospital in Halifax. Between 2000 and 2010, he was Head of the UBC Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
As Executive Associate Dean, Education, Dr. David Snadden establishes and communicates a vision for the Faculty of Medicine’s educational programs. He ensures that accreditation standards are met across health education programs, in addition to the appropriate integration of educational programs across the health disciplines and across the continuum of learning. Dr. Snadden creates and nurtures effective partnerships to deliver the Faculty’s distributed model of health professional education.
Dr. David Snadden completed his medical degree at the University of Dundee and his family residency training in Inverness, United Kingdom. He subsequently completed a master’s degree in Family Medicine from the University of Western Ontario and a doctorate from the University of Dundee.
Dr. Snadden joined UBC in July 2003 as Associate Dean, Northern Medical Program, and in 2008 he took on the role of Regional Associate Dean, Northern BC. In these roles, Dr. Snadden worked in partnership with the University of Northern British Columbia and Northern Health to develop and implement the Northern Medical Program and the expansion of postgraduate medical education in the north. Dr. Snadden served as Acting Co-Executive Associate Dean, Education from August 2010 to November 2011 prior to his appointment as Executive Associate Dean, Education.
Dr. Howard Feldman is a Professor of Neurology in the Department of Medicine. He was appointed Executive Associate Dean, Research in January 2012. In this role, he leads the development of a health and life sciences research strategy and ensures the research is translational and of the highest caliber. Dr. Feldman provides guidance to health research program leaders and ensures resources are supported effectively across the Faculty on all campuses and Health Authorities. He maintains his active research and clinical program in Alzheimer’s disease and geriatric cognitive disorders.
He has held the positions of Head of the Division of Neurology at the UBC Faculty of Medicine and Vancouver Coastal Health, and the Director of the Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders at UBC Hospital. In 2007, he was appointed the inaugural Fisher Family and Alzheimer Society of British Columbia Endowed Professor for Research in Alzheimer’s Disease.
In January 2009, Dr. Feldman took a leave from his academic appointments to take on the role of Vice President and Therapeutic Area Head in Neuroscience, Global Clinical Research and Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb. In this role, he led research and development of novel pharmaceutical therapies for neurological and psychiatric conditions at the company’s laboratories in Connecticut.
Appointed to the position of Associate Dean, Health Professions Education in March 2013, Dr. William Miller provides strategic leadership to the health professions (other than medicine) within the Faculty. He ensures that resources are optimized across the health professions and that cross-cutting education themes identified in the Strategic Plan are embedded in the Faculty’s educational programs.
Dr. Miller completed his undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy at UBC followed by graduate studies in Occupational Therapy, and Epidemiology and Biostatics at the University of Western Ontario. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Sciences, he joined UBC’s Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy. Dr. Miller is currently a Professor in the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy.
His research is focused on the measurement, determination and epidemiology of mobility disability and its influence on the participation in daily and social activities of adults. In addition to his research, Dr. Miller teaches students in the Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences graduate programs. He also provides continuing education to occupational therapists and other health professionals.
As Chief Operating Officer, Mark Vernon provides strategic leadership in directing the financial affairs, administration, IT, communications, international, and facilities development and utilization of the Faculty of Medicine.
Mr. Vernon joined the Faculty of Medicine in 2006 from Capilano College where he spent 11 years as the Vice President of Finance and Administration. He was one of three individuals who lead the expansion of Capilano College in mainland China, counseling 2000 students at four sites. Mr. Vernon was selected by the Post Secondary Employers’ Association of B.C. to represent the Colleges and Institutes at the Provincial level bargaining table, and also held the position of Provincial Chair of the Senior Financial and Administrative Officers’ committee for three years.
Previous to this, Mr. Vernon was a Manager at B.C. Hydro for three years, after practicing for five years as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross where he specialized in audits and special projects ranging from international acquisitions to forensic audits.
As Executive Director, Education and Strategic Projects, Jane Eibner guides and supports planning and policy development within the education portfolio, and provides leadership to initiatives such as the development of alternate funding programs for academic clinicians. She also provides leadership to key financial management activities, and oversight and guidance to the human resources function within the education portfolio.
Ms. Eibner has been with the UBC Faculty of Medicine since July 1998. During her time with the Faculty, she has served as Director of Finance, Executive Director, Office of MD Undergraduate Expansion, and Interim Executive Director, Resources and Operations. Her previous experience includes Executive Director, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, and senior positions in the provincial and federal public sectors in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Jane earned her CMA in 1977 and graduated from the University of Manitoba with an MBA in 1983.
As Special Advisor to the Dean, Government Relations, Cindi Valensky liaises with the UBC Executive and UBC Government Relations on matters of significant impact to the Faculty. She provides enabling linkage to the Provincial Government and supports the Dean in responding to new issues of significant impact to the Faculty.
Ms. Valensky brings over 20 years of management experience working with the not-for-profit sector, most recently as VP and Chief Development Officer, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. After taking a sabbatical to spend time with her young son and complete an MBA, she joined the Faculty in 2007.
Ms. Valensky worked initially with the Dean and Executive Team to recruit a strong Development and Alumni Affairs team, and has also played a significant role in development of the Faculty’s strategic plan.