The role of the Dean and the Dean’s Executive Team is to support Departments, Schools, Centres and other units in achieving the Faculty’s academic mission, and provides strategic leadership to the Faculty of Medicine.
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Dean's Executive Team
The Team determines direction to inform decisions on cross-cutting issues and opportunities that affect the Faculty’s image, profile and success. The Team fosters and exemplifies the Faculty values. They also build and nurture external relationships including the UBC Executive, government, clinical and community partners. Learn more about the Team and each portfolio.
Members of the Dean’s Executive Team include:
Dermot Kelleher, Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Prior to joining UBC in 2015, Dr. Kelleher was the Vice-President Health and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London, where he also held a concurrent appointment as Dean of the Lee Kong Chian Medical School in Singapore until 2014. Dr. Kelleher has also served as Head of the School of Medicine and Vice Provost for Medical Affairs at Trinity College, Dublin.
Dr. Kelleher graduated from medicine from Trinity College Dublin in 1978, going on to specialize in gastroenterology. Author of 300 publications and 14 patents, Dr. Kelleher’s research examines the immune response to many of the leading causes of gastrointestinal infectious disease worldwide. Over the years he has received many prestigious awards including a Fogarty Scholarship at the University of California San Diego, Wellcome Senior Fellow in Clinical Science, and most recently the Conway Medal from the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.
Deborah Money, Executive Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine
As Executive Vice Dean, Dr. Deborah Money will have a major role in the management of the Faculty of Medicine, including working with the Faculty in the implementation of the five year strategic plan. She will also provide operational leadership to Department Heads and School Directors, as well as oversight of academic standards and the administrative functions of the Faculty.
Dr. Money is a distinguished member of our community as an alumna, Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, associate member in the Department of Medicine and the School of Population and Public Health, and active clinician and researcher in Reproductive Infectious Diseases. She trained with a BSc in Microbiology, then completed her MD followed by her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UBC. Dr. Money did a clinical and research Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington, and returned to UBC and to the Oak Street campus as the first individual in Canada with this combined training. Most recently, Dr. Money was Vice President, Research at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, Provincial Health Services Authority.
In collaboration with colleagues at UBC, Dr. Money has developed an education and translational research program in Reproductive Infectious Diseases with research focused on three major areas: HIV in pregnancy, Human papilloma virus (HPV), and the prevention of cervical cancer; and most recently is leading a personalized medicine research program (CIHR/Genome BC) to understand the role of the vaginal microbiome in health and disease. She is also actively involved in teaching at the undergraduate, postgraduate and CME level, and established the first fellowship in Infectious Diseases for Obstetrician/Gynecologists in Canada.
Gurdeep Parhar, Executive Associate Dean, Clinical Partnerships and Professionalism
As Executive Associate Dean, Clinical Partnerships and Professionalism, Dr. Parhar provides strategic coordination and leadership between the Faculty of Medicine and the Health Authorities. Working with the provincial government, other universities, agencies and other public sector institutions, he supports faculty members engaged in clinical activities throughout the Province, and provides oversight of the Office of Clinical Faculty Affairs.
In addition, Dr. Parhar provides professionalism leadership to facilitate the prevention and resolution of concerns and complaints across all sites for undergraduate students, post-graduate trainees, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty members.
After growing up in Kitimat, BC, Dr. Parhar received his MD from the University of Calgary in 1992 and subsequently completed his postgraduate training at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. His clinical practice in Vancouver Coastal Health and in Fraser Health focuses on immigrants, refugees, workers’ health and patients with severe disabilities. He teaches extensively in undergraduate and postgraduate programs on the topics of professionalism, equity, cultural safety, psychosocial aspects of healthcare, and medical disability. Dr. Parhar is currently the principal investigator on several educational innovation grants employing interprofessional models to address issues important to underserved populations, particularly Indigenous Peoples.
Roger Wong, Executive Associate Dean, Education
As Executive Associate Dean, Education, Dr. Wong will offer strategic leadership, while creating and nurturing existing partnerships to help move the vision for the Faculty of Medicine forward. In addition to overseeing the distribution of the Faculty’s educational programs across the province, he will ensure accreditation standards are met and that our programs — across the health disciplines and across the continuum of learning — are effectively integrated.
Dr. Wong brings extensive leadership to this role, having served as the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education, since 2012. He is also a Clinical Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Medicine.
Dr. Wong works tirelessly to advance academic and clinical health sciences related to geriatrics, and his work has significant impact on the care for older people in Canada and beyond. He was President of the Canadian Geriatrics Society and founded the state-of-the-art Acute Care for Elders Units (ACE) in Vancouver, which has been implemented nationally and internationally. His clinical research focuses on hospital medicine in vulnerable older adults, including quality improvement in acute care geriatrics. Dr. Wong has published and lectured extensively on geriatric medicine and medical education.
Robert McMaster, Interim Executive Associate Dean, Research
Dr. Robert McMaster is a Professor, Department of Medical Genetics. He brings considerable administrative experience and intellectual vigor to the role and is particularly well-positioned to foster scientific collaborations between the Faculty and its health authority partners, as he is currently the Vice President Research for Vancouver Coastal Health and the Executive Director of the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI).
Dr. McMaster received a Bachelor and Master of Science from UBC, followed by a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. A Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics, he has focused his research on molecular immunology, parasitology and transplant immunology. He previously served as Head of the Department of Medical Genetics from 2000 to 2010 and was also Director of the Immunity and Infection Research Centre of VCHRI and Director of Transplant Immunology for B.C. Transplant.
As the Interim Executive Associate Dean, Research, Dr. McMaster will lead the development of a health and life sciences research strategy and ensure the research is translational and of the highest caliber. He will provide guidance to health research program leaders and ensure resources are supported effectively across the Faculty on all campuses and health authorities. He will also play a key role in formulating the research component of the Faculty’s new strategic plan, and will ensure that the Faculty’s activities align with the plan’s priorities.
William Miller, Associate Dean, Health Professions Education
Appointed to the position of Associate Dean, Health Professions Education in March 2013, Dr. William Miller provides strategic leadership to the health professions (other than medicine) within the Faculty. He ensures that resources are optimized across the health professions and that cross-cutting education themes identified in the Strategic Plan are embedded in the Faculty’s educational programs.
Dr. Miller completed his undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy at UBC followed by graduate studies in Occupational Therapy, and Epidemiology and Biostatics at the University of Western Ontario. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Sciences, he joined UBC’s Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy. Dr. Miller is currently a Professor in the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy.
His research is focused on the measurement, determination and epidemiology of mobility disability and its influence on the participation in daily and social activities of adults. In addition to his research, Dr. Miller teaches students in the Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences graduate programs. He also provides continuing education to occupational therapists and other health professionals.
Leanne Denis, Executive Director, Development & Alumni Engagement
Leanne has been a fundraising professional since 2001, working primarily in health-related charities. She is passionate about connecting people to causes they care about and contributing to a thriving social-impact sector. In the role of Executive Director, Development and Alumni Engagement, Leanne leads a team of 20 fundraising and alumni professionals to raise approximately $60 million in philanthropic gifts per year through a robust major gifts and alumni engagement program.
Leanne participated in the Johns Hopkins Medical Philanthropy Institute in 2016, an exclusive workshop for senior fundraisers in the academic medical setting. She completed her Certified Fund Raising Executive certification in 2008 and received a BCIT associate certificate in Fundraising Management in 2004. Leanne serves on the board of Chor Leoni and volunteers for the St John Ambulance Therapy Dog program.
Shanda Jordan Gaetz, Executive Director, Faculty Affairs
As Executive Director, Faculty Affairs, Shanda Jordan Gaetz provides professional leadership in all areas related to organizational effectiveness, human resources and governance in order to support the Faculty’s strategic commitments, including that of being an exceptional work environment. Working closely with our internal and external partners, she works to improve collaboration and coordination to support faculty and staff at all of our sites.
With more than 15 years of experience at UBC, Ms. Jordan Gaetz has a strong background in human resources. She previously filled a variety of roles within UBC Human Resources, including Human Resources Advisor for the Faculty of Medicine. Before taking on the role of Executive Director, Faculty Affairs in June 2013, she was the Faculty’s Director of Human Resources.
Michael Shakespeare, Executive Director, Finance and Operations
As Executive Director, Finance and Operations, Michael will join the Dean’s Executive Team and provide critical strategic, financial and organizational support to the Faculty to fulfill its academic mission and strategic priorities. With functional responsibilities for Finance, Information Technology, Space Management and Administration, Michael will cultivate and foster strategic relationships throughout the Faculty, UBC, partner Universities, provincial Health Authorities and other Faculty stakeholders.
Michael first joined UBC in 2009 in the Treasury department where he was responsible for the University’s short- and long-term cash and debt management as well as on- and off-campus leasing activity. In 2012, he relocated to UBC’s Okanagan campus as the Associate Vice-President, Finance and Operations. As a key member of UBC Okanagan’s executive team, he provided leadership in capital and financial planning, financial operations, campus planning and infrastructure development, supply chain and procurement services, facilities management, operational sustainability, risk management, ancillary services and information technology. Along with his Bachelor of Business Administration, Michael is a silver medallist Chartered Professional Accountant, CMA.
Katie White, Executive Director, Communications
As Executive Director, Communications, Katie plays a key role in supporting the goals and priorities outlined in the Faculty’s strategic plan, “Building the Future.” She works with faculty, staff and partners around the province to lead strategic communications initiatives that foster engagement and inclusivity across the Faculty and with our stakeholders.
Katie is an accomplished corporate communications and public relations professional with more than 19 years of progressive experience and leadership in communications, marketing, media relations and stakeholder engagement. Katie is a 2017 YWCA Vancouver Women of Distinction Awards nominee, serves as a member of the board of directors for Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland and vice-chair for the NEXT Leaders Steering Committee, Business Council of British Columbia.
Cindi Valensky, Special Advisor to the Dean, Government Relations
As Special Advisor to the Dean, Government Relations, Cindi Valensky liaises with the UBC Executive and UBC Government Relations on matters of significant impact to the Faculty. She provides enabling linkage to the Provincial Government and supports the Dean in responding to new issues of significant impact to the Faculty.
Ms. Valensky brings over 20 years of management experience working with the not-for-profit sector, most recently as VP and Chief Development Officer, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. After taking a sabbatical to spend time with her young son and complete an MBA, she joined the Faculty in 2007.
Ms. Valensky worked initially with the Dean and Executive Team to recruit a strong Development and Alumni Affairs team, and has also played a significant role in development of the Faculty’s strategic plan.