Directors

Directors

Nadine Caron

MD, MPH, FRCSC - Associate Professor, Dept. of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine (NMP), Co-Director of Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health

Dr Nadine Caron currently resides in Prince George, BC where she provides surgical oncology care for those that call rural and remote Canada home. Nadine is also an associate professor in the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Surgery where she teaches in the Northern Medical Program. During her surgical residency, Nadine completed a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University and was awarded UBC’s Top Student Award. Nadine is also appointed as an Associate Faculty member of the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University where she teaches for the Center for American Indian Health.Nadine is Anishnawbe from Sagamok First Nation. Her work involves a variety of audiences and knowledge users including governments, provincial health authorities, national medical organizations, health research funding bodies, and several universities to achieve identified and overlapping objectives. In 2014, Dr Caron was appointed Co-Director of the UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health located at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health.

Martin Schechter

OBC, MD, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS - Professor, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine Canada Research Chair in HIV/AIDS and Urban Population Health Program Director MHSc, School of Population and Public Health Co-Director, Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health

Martin T. Schechter is a Professor and Founding Director of the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at The University of British Columbia. Dr. Schechter was a National Health Research Scholar and Scientist from 1986 to 1999 and then a CIHR Senior Investigator from 2000 to 2001. In 2001, he received a Tier I Canada Research Chair in HIV/AIDS and Urban Population Health. Dr. Schechter combines interests in clinical epidemiology and health services research with HIV/AIDS and urban health research. He is both a founder and National Director of the Canadian HIV Trials Network, a national network launched in 1990 of investigators and research facilities aimed at conducting trials of HIV therapies and vaccines. In 1992, Dr. Schechter helped to found the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and was its founding Director of Epidemiology and Population Health. He also served as Director of the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences. Dr. Schechter was founding President of the Canadian Association for HIV Research, and co-chaired the XI International Conference on AIDS in Vancouver in 1996.

Patricia Spittal

Associate Director, Research

Dr. Patricia Spittalis an anthropologist whose work addresses HIV related vulnerabilities of marginalized communities living in both resource rich and poor countries. She is the Principal Investigator of the Cedar Project, a CIHR-funded initiative to better understand the sexual and drug related vulnerabilities of Aboriginal youth who use drugs. She and her research team from Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Kampala, Uganda and Lacor Hospital, Gulu also received CIHR funding to establish a similar prospective cohort in Northern Uganda called the “Cango Lyec Project” (Healing the Elephant), addressing the HIV vulnerabilities of people affected by conflict in Northern Uganda. Dr. Spittal worked with a multi-disciplinary team leading to the successful development of the new Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health. As Head, she is committed to building the Health in Populations Division at the School of Population and Public Health, and furthering Aboriginal health initiatives at UBC. She is also dedicated to her work in Northern Uganda. She was instrumental in the recent signing of a MOU between the Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Uganda and UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, and currently has two PhD students being mentored by faculty at Makerere.

Email: spittal@sm.hivnet.ubc.ca Phone: (604) 806-8779