Recent Positions

Previous Academic Appointments

Earlier Professional Experience


2003 – present

Professor Emeritus of Family Practice and Paediatrics
University of British Columbia

2003 – present

Senior Scientist Emeritus Centre for Community Child Health Research
BC Child and Family Research Centre

2003 – present

Honorary Member Department of Family Practice Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia

1993 – present

Associate Member of the Department of Health Care and Epidemiology
University of British Columbia

1992 – present

Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine
Faculty of Medicine McGill University


1993 – 2003

Professor of Family Practice and Pediatrics
University of British Columbia

2000 – 2003

Founding Head, UBC Division of Maternity and Newborn Care
Department of Family Practice, Vancouver, British Columbia

Responsible for developing a transdisciplinary (family physicians, obstetricians, nurses, midwives and doulas) educational and research program to address looming access problems in BC and to promote team education and practice.

1993 – 2003

Head Department of Family Practice
Children’s and Women’s Heath Centre of British Columbia

Responsible for the largest department of family physicians engaged in maternity care in Canada—4000 of the 7000 births at the Centre. Developed administrative, educational and research programs for the department in cooperation with UBC and other departments and divisions at the hospital and at UBC. Provincial role in leading family physicians in development of“best practices,”included developing Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics Course (ALSO) for Western Canada.

Practiced intrapartum and full maternity care at approximately 40-50 births per year. Founded the Family Practice Maternity Service (FPMS), a group that attends births for family physicians who do not engage in intrapartum maternity care. Founded the support group for midwives at the hospital in the pre-legalizations era in BC. This activity led directly to the legalization of midwifery in BC.

1991 – 1993

Professor and Director of Family Medicine Research
McGill University, SMBD Jewish General Hospital and The CLSC Côte des Neiges Montreal

Responsible for developing research in the multiple McGill teaching sites and developing collaborative research programs.

Practice full spectrum of family practice 25%--including obstetrics. Teaching in several settings 10%.


1975 – 1990

Director, Department of Family Medicine and Herzl Family Practice Centre Sir Mortimer B. Davis ‑ Jewish General Hospital Montreal, Quebec

Responsible for a hospital Department of Family Medicine of 100 members including 14 full-time and 20 part-time, who work in the Family Practice Teaching Unit.Includes Division of Geriatrics, Adolescent Unit, Behavioral Science, Teaching Program, Ambulatory Internal Medicine Program, Drug Rehabilitation Program, Unwed Teenage Mothers Program, Undergraduate Teaching Clerkship, Family Practice Obstetrics Group, Family Practice Research Group, and three inpatient wards.Management of more than 3 million dollar budget from multiple sources.

The Residency Program expanded from 22 to 40 residents and includes two community sites as well as the "model unit" at the Herzl Family Practice Centre in the hospital.

Time was divided as:30% practice of family medicine (including large obstetric component), 40% administration, 30% teaching and research.

Sabbatical leave 1990 - 1991

Studied Qualitative Techniques, at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, the RAND Corporation, and The University of British Columbia.


February 1991

Visiting Professor,Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social Programa Medicina Familiar Y Comunitaria, Lecturing and Faculty Development Supervision.

October – December 1990

Visiting Professor Department of Social Medicine,Harvard University School of Medicine. Lecturer in the Department.

Course work in medical anthropology and qualitative analysis techniques.

February & March 1990

Dozor Visiting Professor – Department of Family Medicine,Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Primarily worked on faculty development and needs assessment in Cupertino with Chairman and staff of Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Family Medicine.

June 1989

Dozor Visiting Professor,Ben Gurion University of the Negev, June 1‑30, 1989

Developer:TheMcGill University ‑ Ben Gurion University of the Negev(Israel) Family Medicine Faculty Development and Exchange Program. This is a program linking McGill and Ben Gurion University for the exchange of faculty and trainees.It brings Israeli faculty from Ben Gurion to McGill for advanced training and it brings McGill Family Medicine Faculty to Ben Gurion (Beersheva) for lectures and program development.

January– March 1989

Visiting Professor,University of Costa RicaandCaja Costarricense de Seguro Social in Medicina Familiar Y Comunitaria

Aug. 1980 – July 1981

Visiting Professor of Family Medicine, Paediatrics Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine & ObstetricsUniversity of Oxford, England

AssociateNational Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Oxford

1985 – 1993

Associate Professor of Paediatrics,McGill University

1975 – 1984

Assistant Professor of Paediatrics,McGill University

1993 -

Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine,McGill University

1982 – 1993

Professor of Family Medicine,McGill University

1975 – 1982

Associate Professor of Family Medicine,McGill University

1971 – 1975

Assistant Professor of Paediatrics, Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Community Health,University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry


Aug. 1973 – July 1975

Medical Director , Westside Health Services and Chairman, Westside Medical Groups

Responsible for medical care system of Westside Health Services

Paediatric consultant to Westside Medical Group

Preceptor: Highland Family Medicine residents at Westside

Developed Westside portion of an HMO, serving employees of several major Rochester companies

1971 – 1973

Founding Project Executive and Medical Director, Westside Health Services. With the Westside Community Board developed OEO Grant for the Westside portion (1.3 million dollars) of the Rochester Health Network

Organized all medical and administrative services, hospital affiliations, consultative relationships and interrelationships with various house officer teaching programs

Recruited physicians to the Family Practice group; organized three Family Practice Centers serving more than 16,000 patients

Developed affiliation with Highland Family Medicine Program to place six to eight Family Medicine Residents in a partnership‑like relationship with our full‑time family practitioners

1970 – 1974

Lead Committee, Monroe County Department of Health, Ceramic Sub‑Committee

Development of lead ceramic testing program in Rochester

Consultant to the Rochester Consumer Association regarding lead poisoning in ceramics

1970 – 1975

Attending Physician Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester, Rochester New York

(2 months per year in charge of the intensive care nurseries)

1970 – 1971

Medical Consultant to the Westside Component of the Neighbourhood Health Centers Incorporated Network, Rochester, New York

1967 – 1970

Paediatric Coordinator, St. Jacques Citizens Committee

Clinic and Member Equipe Sante, St. Jacques Citizens Committee, Montreal, Quebec

1964 – 1965

Ethio‑Swedish Paediatric Clinic,Addis Ababa. Ethiopia (supervisors, Edgar Manhaimer, Demisse Hapte, Ynve Larson)

Functioned as House Officer/Researcher

Health Education Activities

Training of paramedical personnel

Participant in international maternal and child health course - emphasis on tropical paediatrics

Surgical Training under Dr. Asrat Woldemichel, including assisting on complex operations in children and adults and independent work on surgical operations and emergencies.

Ward and OPD attending

Attended births under midwife supervision