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Message from the past president of the Medical Staff Association

Message from the past president of the Medical Staff Association

On behalf of the Medical Staff Executive, it is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Neil Wells has been elected by the incoming Executive as the new President of the Medical Staff Association.  

Dr. Wells is a highly regarded Plastic Surgeon and has been at Providence since 1996.  He has held leadership roles both within Providence, as the Division Head of Plastic Surgery, and also within the Specialists Services Committee and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.  He holds privileges at PHC and at several VCH sites.  Neil is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at UBC.

Dr. Victor Leung has been elected as Vice President for the Association.  

Dr. Leung has served on the Medical Staff Executive for two years, and  is currently leading the coordination of the new Medical Staff Society Facility Engagement Initiative. Victor joined  Providence Health Care in 2011 after completing fellowships in Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology. He is currently the Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control, and the Physician Lead for the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. ‎He is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and an Associate Member in the Department of Medicine.

I would like to thank the members of my Medical Staff Executive, Drs Romayne Gallagher, Jason Clement, Carole Richford, Lawrie Halparin, Victor Leung and Jeff Pike for the outstanding work done and leadership displayed during the last few years.

I am sure that Drs Neil Wells and Chantal Leger, the two newly elected members of the Executive, will also prove to be excellent choices.

This has been both a very exciting as well as challenging period for the medical staff at Providence. The potential rebuild of St Paul's, newly led from a physician perspective by Dr. Jeff Pike, presents nothing less than an opportunity and indeed a challenge to redesign healthcare in BC and beyond, within the framework of an Academic Health Sciences Network. 

The Facilities Engagement Initiative comes at exactly the right time, given the clear need for meaningful physician engagement and leadership within the Institution.

By aligning the redevelopment and engagement initiatives, the medical staff has a unique opportunity to drive a process of reimagining St Paul's at the present time, to both inform and leverage the redevelopment process.

In this context, we have been able to attract excellent and enthusiastic talent to the Facility Engagement Working Group, and I would strongly encourage medical staff members to become involved, to encourage others to become involved and also to sign up to the Slack communication tool  or contact Dr. Darra Murphy - DMurphy@providencehealth.bc.ca) in order to participate in the ongoing dialogue.

I would also like to thank both Astrid Levelt and Susan Brauer, as well as their colleagues in medical affairs, for their enthusiastic and efficient logistical support of the Medical Staff Association over the last few years.

The new Executive takes over effective July 1. It has been a pleasure and a distinct privilege to have served as MSA President over the last three years.


Dr. Alan Rabinowitz