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Regional Head, Department of Pediatrics

Regional Head, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Erik Swartz has accepted the role of Head, Department of Pediatrics, VCH and PHC effective October 01, 2013.  This appointment will be recommended to the PHC Board at their upcoming meeting on November 20th. 

In this newly created position, Dr. Swartz will be responsible for leading the continued development and implementation of quality assessment and manpower planning for the VCH and PHC Departments and for medical leadership input into the coordination and delivery of outstanding Pediatrics services throughout VCH and PHC.

Dr Erik Swartz was born and raised in Vancouver and attended medical school at the University of British Columbia (UBC).  He completed his residency training and a one-year fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.  In 2003, he became an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta and began working as a General Pediatrician at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.  For two years, Dr Swartz could be seen weekly on the Global Morning News in Edmonton.  He was also on the Edmonton Oilers medical staff as team Pediatrician.

He returned to British Columbia in 2008 to become the Clinical Director of the Pediatric clinic at Richmond Hospital, and Pediatrics Clinical Skills director at UBC.  Erik received a Masters of Science degree in Medical Informatics through the University of Bath (UK) and Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. 

Currently, Erik is the Head of the Department of Pediatrics at Richmond Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UBC. 

Please welcome Dr. Swartz to this new leadership role across the communities of care at VCH and PHC where he will continue to build excellence in our integrated programs in Pediatrics.