Professor of Medicine
General Internal Medicine
588-1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6
Vision Statement:

I hope that by studying the determinants of health for vulnerable, urban populations, we can develop interventions and policies that are evidence-based and will improve the health outcomes and quality of life for these groups. I also think that scholarly information should be open-access and have founded an indexed, peer-reviewed, general medical journal Open Medicine and am currently the editor and an associate editor fo the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Research Interests:

Urban health; housing, homelessness and health; addiction and treatment; harm reduction; social and physical environments in cities, open-access publishing

Research Summary:

 I recognize the importance of having access to high quality research and commentary to best make decisions about her patients and the health and social policies that affect our communities. I have been the Vancouver site Principal Investigator for the 5-year CIHR-funded Health and Housing in Transition, which is a longitudinal study of homeless and vulnerably housed persons in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto. My research team has followed 200 homeless persons and 200 vulnerably housed persons over time to assess housing transitions and its impact on physical and mental health, substance use, and quality of life. We have just completed data collection and are now embarking on better understanding the housing and health trajectories of our participants. We aim to provide data and commentary to help guide our clinical and policy decisions for this vulnerable group.


Cycling, cross-country skiing, yoga, reading novels, travel, hip hop dancing (novice) and karaoke

St Francis Xavier University, 1988, BSc Chemistry (Honours)
McMaster University, 1991, MD
Boston University School of Public Health, 1996, MPH
Recent Publications:


Awards & Recognition:
  • 2004-2009: Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Senior Scholar
  • 2006: Boston University School of Public Health Distinguished Alumni Award  2010: Fellow of the American College of Physicians
  • 2010: UBC Internal Medicine Resident’s Award for CanMEDS Collaborator role for faculty
  • 2011: UBC Faculty of Medicine Community Service Award


Health and Housing in Transition Grant