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UBC Faculty of Medicine's New Dean

UBC Faculty of Medicine's New Dean

The following memorandum is sent on behalf of David H. Farrar, Provost and Vice-President Academic to all members of the Faculty of Medicine and external stakeholders (via the Dean’s Office).

I have the great pleasure to announce that Dr. Dermot Kelleher will become UBC's next Dean of the Faculty of Medicine beginning September 1, 2015.  The Board of Governors approved his five-year appointment at its February 12, 2015 meeting. 

Currently the Vice-President Health and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London, Dr. Kelleher brings extensive strategic medical leadership skills and experience with academic institutions, health service delivery organizations, government and industry. He is an extraordinary clinician, scientist and entrepreneur who has demonstrated collaboration and collegiality throughout his career. He has been instrumental in the successful development of academic health science centres and networks in the UK and in Ireland. An outstanding academic and administrator, he is an excellent choice for this decanal role.

In December, the President’s Advisory Committee interviewed several strong candidates, narrowing down to a smaller group who were invited back in January for further confidential meetings with people in the university, the Faculty and external stakeholders. 

Dr. Kelleher has been invited to come back to UBC to spend more time getting to know people in the Faculty, and will give an academic presentation addressing his background, research, administrative and leadership experience, and the opportunities and challenges he sees for the Faculty.  This forum for faculty, staff and students has been scheduled for: Friday, March 6 from 10:30 am – 12:00 noon (see below for details).

Dr. Kelleher’s CV and the candidate profile may be found at: www.vpacademic.ubc.ca.

I would like to thank those who participated in the search process, and for their valuable feedback provided to the Advisory Committee.  I am grateful to the members of the President’s Advisory Committee for their commitment of extensive time and energy throughout the search. 

Dr. Gavin Stuart will complete his term of appointment as Dean on August 31, 2015.  We will formally recognize Dean Stuart’s extensive achievements closer to the end of his term, but I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge his outstanding service to the University and excellent leadership as the Dean of the Faculty during the past 12 years.  Dr. Kelleher states:  “It is an honour and a privilege to succeed Dean Gavin Stuart in this role. He has developed a vibrant organization combining excellence in education, biomedical science and population health with the capability to lead internationally in healthcare delivery."

I look forward to working with Dr. Kelleher as he brings his strong commitment to teaching and learning, research excellence, and academic leadership to this role. We hope you will join us in welcoming him to UBC.

Open Forum Details

Faculty, staff and students are invited and encouraged to attend an open forum to meet the next Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Dermot Kelleher. 

When:  Friday, March 6, 2015
Time:  10:30 am – 12:00 noon
Host Location: Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health – Lecture Theatre 101, 2215 Wesbrook Mall  (Map)


  • Vancouver: Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel Street – DHCC 2263
  • Kelowna: Kelowna General Hospital, 2268 Pandosy Street – KGH CAC 235
  • Victoria: Royal Jubilee Hospital, 1952 Bay Street – RJH CA 125
  • Prince George: Hospital of Northern BC, 1475 Edmonton Street – UHNBC 5017
  • Teleconference: 1-877-792-2770 ID: 30302

Dr. Kelleher has been asked to address, in about 30 minutes: 

  • What is your background, your research, and your leadership experience - highlighting the aspects that are relevant to this position?
  • What are your observations about the Faculty of Medicine thus far? 
  • What are your aspirations for the Faculty during your term as Dean?

There will be sufficient time following the presentation for questions from the audience.