How long have you worked with Vancouver Coastal Health?
21 years as a Consultant Anesthesiologist. I trained as a medical student and resident at UBC and subspecialized in Sydney, Australia.
What do you like most about your job?
Caring for patients in an intense, complex team environment.
What first interested you in the practice of anesthesiology?
The capability of caring for the sickest or injured patients for surgery.
Tell us one thing (professionally or personally) that we might be surprised to find out about you?
Personally: I was a refugee at the age of 12.
Professionally: Anesthesiologists are perioperative interventional specialists that keep patients and their organ systems alive during major trauma, transplants and surgical events.
How do you like to spend your days off?
Family skiing, road cycling, cross country mountain biking, hiking and boating.
What is the most interesting thing you have been paid to do?
Care for patients who we cool to 15 degrees Centigrade to stop the flow of blood to repair an aortic or brain aneurysm.
Why is it important for donors, including physicians, to support projects like the Future of Surgery Campaign?
We need to partner in innovation. Nothing more powerful to leverage donors’ interest than physicians and surgeons personally supporting innovation.
Fun Fact: Which character from any movie best represents you?
Tom Hanks in Apollo 13 as Jim Lovell.