I am pleased to share with you three leadership appointments:
Dr. Sue Forwell has been appointed Head, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, effective August 1, 2017 to June 30, 2022, following her previous appointment in this role since January 1, 2016.
Dr. Forwell is an Associate Professor, a Principle Investigator with the UBC Multiple Sclerosis clinic and the International Collaboration of Research and Discovery (ICORD), and an affiliate researcher with the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) and Fraser Health. Her research and teaching is in occupational science, neuro-rehabilitation and community integration. Currently, Dr. Forwell is on the health care advisory council of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, sub-editor of the Journal of Occupational Science and chair of the International Society of Occupational Science. Recently, she was honoured with the prestigious Townsend-Polatajko Occupational Science Lectureship where she gave her address in October 2016.
Dr. Gary Redekop has been appointed Head, Department of Surgery, effective August 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020, following his appointment as Head pro tem since May 1, 2014.
Dr. Redekop, Associate Professor, received his MD from the University of Western Ontario, followed by a neurosurgical residency and fellowship training in cerebrovascular surgery at Western and additional fellowship training in interventional neuroradiology at the University of Toronto. He completed graduate studies in the molecular biology of growth factors and angiogenesis and joined the Division of Neurosurgery at UBC in 1993. Dr. Redekop has worked collaboratively with colleagues in neurosurgery, neuroradiology, neurology and anesthesia to develop a multidisciplinary service integrating microvascular and endovascular approaches to cerebrovascular disease. He also has extensive experience in clinical trials related to interventions for stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage. He is the past Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Neurosurgery Specialty Committee and is presently the Head of the Regional Department of Surgery for Vancouver Coastal Health.
Dr. Jeff Small has been appointed Director, School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, effective July 24, 2017 to June 30, 2022.
Dr. Small is an Associate Professor and cognitive scientist with specialization in communication sciences and disorders. He joined the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences in 1997, specializing in acquired language disorders. Dr. Small’s research, funded by CIHR, BCMSF and the Alzheimer Society of Canada, investigates novel applications of cognitive-behavioural therapies in Alzheimer’s disease which has led to the development and dissemination of communication training programs for family and professional caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease. He received his PhD from the University of Southern California in applied psycholinguistics, followed by postdoctoral fellowships in geriatric psycholinguistics at the University of Kansas and Simon Fraser University.
Dr. Small’s appointment follows Dr. Valter Ciocca’s leadership of the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences which concluded on July 16, 2017. I would like to thank Dr. Ciocca for his significant contributions to the School and to the Faculty of Medicine during his tenure as Director.
Please join me in welcoming Drs. Forwell, Redekop and Small to their new appointments.
Dermot Kelleher, MD, FRCP, FRCPI, FMedSci
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
The University of British Columbia
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