Dr. Evan Wood has been named as the inaugural Director of the St. Paul’s Hospital Goldcorp Addiction Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Wood is a senior scientist at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia.
The St. Paul's Hospital Foundation has received a $3-million donation from Goldcorp Inc. to create Canada's first interdisciplinary medical education fellowship training program in addiction medicine. The fellowship program will train twenty new addiction medicine specialists over the next five years.
Expert physicians and allied health workers who are trained in addiction medicine can provide excellent clinical care, leadership and conduct research, leading to a reduction in social and health care costs as well as limiting the pain for addicts and their families.
The ultimate goal is to create a world-leading centre for excellence in addiction, similar to B.C.'s Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. The leadership and work of the physicians and researchers with this team have contributed to a more than 85 per cent reduction in HIV cases in the Downtown Eastside, and the World Health Organization guidelines for the treatment and prevention of HIV infection have recently been modified based on work conducted in British Columbia.