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. Palepu is a Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine. Since September 2015, she has served as Division Head of General Internal Medicine at UBC and Providence Health Care as well as the Physician Program Director for the St. Paul’s Hospital Medicine Program.

As a Scientist at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences, Dr. Palepu leads a research program in urban health research with particular interest in vulnerable populations. She is the Vancouver site lead for the MedSafer study, to test if the intervention can improve safe prescribing for elderly hospitalized patients. She has also been an associate editor for the Annals of Internal Medicine since 2010.

In her role as the Head of the Department of Medicine, Dr. Palepu will provide strategic leadership for more than 120 academic faculty and 800 clinical faculty who are engaged in teaching, service and research across the spectrum from basic biomedical research to health service delivery.

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

Dr. Palepu’s appointment follows the interim leadership of Drs. Andrea Townson, Teresa Tsang, and Diane Lacaille since January 2017. We would like to sincerely thank them for their extraordinary leadership and contributions to the Department of Medicine during this time.