Welcome message from Dr. Dermot Kelleher, Dean, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Dear Colleagues,I am deeply honoured to succeed Dr. Gavin Stuart as the ninth Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. This is a truly unique Faculty, engaged with local communities and the population it serves by educating and training health professionals in a transformative distributed model. This model now also provides an exciting opportunity to use our research in both basic and translational sciences to lay the foundations for new 21st century models of health care.
The last 50 years have seen an explosion of knowledge in medicine which encompasses the innovative application of new technologies to the diagnosis, stratification and treatment of human disease. I feel strongly that our driving ambition as a Faculty must be to aim for the forefront of such innovation both through excellence in basic science and through the translation of knowledge into new diagnostics, drugs, devices, technologies and policies that benefit our patients. Such work will require new partnerships locally, nationally and internationally with academic institutions, research institutes, governmental organisations and industry. Recognizing that our competition is international, we must be prepared to rigorously assess our output as a Faculty against the highest global indicators across all of our domains – education, research, innovation and translation.
Lastly, let’s not forget that we are part of a broader ecosystem – our stakeholders include the University, the Province and the population that we serve across all strata of society. We have a duty to operate in an environment that embraces tolerance, equality and inclusiveness as core values. We have a responsibility to all of our stakeholders to guarantee excellence in all that we do and to ensure that our work produces tangible and cost effective benefits for the people of British Columbia, and economic benefit for the province.
In meeting UBC medical, health professions and graduate students, I have been struck by the powerful bonds that many of them have formed with the communities in which they have been embedded. In talking with faculty, staff and partners I’ve also been struck by their entrepreneurial spirit, dedication and commitment, and by the way in which an innovation culture is bubbling over into real and tangible outputs.
Let’s be ambitious – we really have a unique ecosystem where innovation meets real community engagement. Let’s work together – who knows what we can achieve?
Dermot Kelleher, MD, FRCPI, FRCP, F, MedSci
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
The University of British Columbia