Dr. Anita Palepu appointed as Head, UBC Department of Medicine effective September 1, 2019

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Anita Palepu as Head, Department of Medicine effective September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024.

Dr. Anita Palepu is a Professor of Medicine, Head of the UBC Division of General Internal Medicine, and the Physician Program Director for the St. Paul’s Hospital Medicine Program.

Dr. Palepu is a renowned general internist who has been very actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education. She has received a number of awards for teaching excellence including The Donald M. Whitelaw Award for Outstanding Grand Rounds, SPH, The Graeme Copland Clinician Teacher Award, SPH, Teacher of the Year Award, SPH Family Practice and Royal College Residents and the Howard Stein Master Teacher Award, SPH.

Dr. Palepu is recognized both nationally and internationally for her research work with marginalized populations such as injection drug users and persons with unstable housing. She has established herself as an independent clinician scientist at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences at St. Paul’s Hospital and has published over 110 peer-reviewed papers.  She has held the position of Associate Scientific Editor, General Internal Medicine with the Annals of Internal Medicine since March 2010. In her role as an Editor, she evaluates over 350 articles per year for the journal, and participates in peer review assessment of articles submitted for consideration of publication.

As a founding member of the UBC Department of Medicine Equity Committee, Dr. Palepu has played a major role in the development of equity guidelines for the Department. She has educated Department members including senior leadership on equity, and has implemented important events and programs that promote and foster equity in the Department.

Dr. Palepu’s record in mentoring internal medicine trainees is outstanding. In particular, she has been an exceptional role model for potential physician researchers, fellows, residents and students. She was the recipient of the inaugural Graydon Meneilly Award for Excellence in Mentoring in 2017, in recognition of exemplary leadership as a mentor, fostering excellence in others and advancing the equity agenda of the Department.

Dr. Palepu is an outstanding clinician, educator, researcher, mentor and administrator who has been recognized for excellence in each of these areas and is highly regarded by everyone who knows her. She has held a number of leadership and administrative roles and her record of professional service is exemplary. She is well known as an energetic and enthusiastic leader, and she will be a tremendous asset to the Department, the Faculty, and the University as Head of the UBC Department of Medicine.

It has been an honour for us to have served the Department as Interim Co-Heads, and we thank everyone for the unfailing support and camaraderie during our tenure.


Andrea Townson, MD, FRCPC, MScHPEd
Medical Co-Chair, Regional Rehab Program, VCHA
Clinical Professor, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Associate Head Education and Co-Acting Head, UBC Department of Medicine

Teresa S.M. Tsang, MD, FRCPC, FACC, FASE
Director of Echo Lab, VGH and UBC
Professor, Division of Cardiology
Associate Head Research and Co-Acting Head, UBC Department of Medicine


To view Dr. Palepu’s Presentation and Vision Statement for the UBC Department of Medicine, click here (presentation starts at 27:27)