Board of Directors

Board of Directors 2021/22

Dr. Jay Slater, Board Chair

Dr. Slater is a practicing family physician since 1990. His clinical interests have evolved over the years and include inner city health, addictions and mental health, palliative care, and care of elders. He has practiced in an office setting as a full service family doctor, as a hospitalist, as a palliative care provider and consultant (in hospice and in residential care facilities) and, since 2008 as a member of a home-based primary care practice serving frail elders (HomeVIVE).

He has held several leadership roles including family physician ward Medical Manager, Head of the hospitalist program (VGH), physician lead for Bloom Group hospice doctors, Medical Manager of the STAT Centre (VGH) and Home VIVE, and Medical Director VCH Community Geriatric programs. He maintains a role in teaching medical students and residents throughout his years in practice.

Dr. Kelly Little, Vice-Chair

Dr. Little is a​ practicing family physician since 2014, working in both acute care and community settings with interests in elder care and mental health. She works at Willow Pavilion and St. Paul’s Hospital, caring for admitted primary care patients, as well as making visits to frail homebound patients with HomeVIVE. She teaches residents and medical students and is the Designated Site-Specific Lead for the Care of the Elderly rotation at the St. Paul’s site. Her prior work focused on providing primary and addictions care in Vancouver’s inner city. Her clinical practice has been shaped by her passion to care for some of Vancouver’s most vulnerable populations.

She has been a member of the Vancouver Division since 2012, and involved on the Continuity of Care Committee (CCC) since 2015. Through the work of the committee she became the Division representative on a number of initiatives, and helped champion many successful projects, including the Dine & Learn series.

Dr. Ramesh Kamath, Secretary & Treasurer

Dr. Kamath is a practicing family physician working at Simply Wellness Medical Clinic since 2017. His background and interest in Internal Medicine has assisted in his focus in catering to complex and high needs patients, by taking on such patients from the community and unattached patients on discharge from Vancouver General Hospital.

Having completed Family Medicine Residency from UBC in 2014, he practised two years in the rural communities of Fort St. John (FSJ) and Hudson’s Hope which allowed him to get an insight into Indigenous communities and their health issues. Being the lead physician at the Northern Health multidisciplinary clinic exposed him to interdisciplinary system of practice which facilitated better patient care and outcome.  He also served on the Board of the North Peace Division of Family Practice participating in discussions with BC Ministry of Health in the formation of an alternate funding model for physicians in FSJ. Dr. Kamath has been an assessor in the Practice Ready Assessment program and regularly teaches Residents and UBC medical students in his practice.

The study of healthcare models in OECD countries at BCIT’s Health Care Management program exposed him to a variety of different practice models. He has a keen interest in the Patient Medical Home and the Primary Care Network as a route to improve patient care and avoid physician burnout.  He has been a member of the Vancouver division since 2012 with a hiatus during the time spent in FSJ.

Dr. Jane Gustafson, Board Member

Dr. Gustafson is a family physician, providing primary care in her East Vancouver practice which she established in 2015. She is experienced in a broad range of family medicine; in addition to her community practice, she works in Residential Care at Purdy Pavilion at UBC, and teaches as a clinical instructor for the UBC Department of Family Practice. She is an involved member with the Division and has practical hands-on knowledge of programming; when starting practice she worked with the Division to be successfully matched to a clinic, she was supported with panel optimization, and has engaged in the PMH/ PCN work.

She has been a member of the Vancouver Division since 2015 after completing her residency in Vancouver. During residency she took on leadership roles within the program’s residency council and as an organizer of several networking events. Her interests are in recruitment, further optimizing practices with PMH initiatives and through PCN work, and creating a sense of community for Vancouver family doctors.

Dr. Katrin Lovett, Board Member

Dr. Lovett have been a full-service family physician for the last 11 years, serving patients across the full spectrum of age, complexities and backgrounds. She has also been a preceptor for the St. Paul’s Hospital family medicine residency program for six years and enjoys guiding and teaching the next generation of family physicians. Although Dr. Lovett is currently shifting focus to procedural medicine, she remains passionate about family medicine and is motivated to be a part of the solution to make the primary care system stronger and more sustainable for healthy physicians and patients alike, a system that newly graduated residents will want to join as longitudinal full-service family physicians.

She recently served as a member of the Primary Care Network steering committee for Community Health Area (CHA) 5. Dr. Lovett is honoured to participate in a broader governance role with the Vancouver Division as a board member.

 

Dr. Nitasha Puri, Board Member

Dr. Puri is a GP whose practice is heavily focused on addiction and mental health, mostly in Vancouver’s inner city populations. She is therefore acutely aware of the effect that social determinants and health systems have on both patient and provider well-being. ​Dr. Puri understands the value of research in advocacy, and ​is currently developing ​her systems and policy thinking as a clinical research scholar. She mentors in and practices skills of communication, policy making, and advocacy, and ​is also a member of the CMA General Assembly Ambassador program, the CMA MD-MP program (where ​she works with MPs Jenny Kwan and Don Davies on health issues in parliament), various VCH addiction guideline committees, and the BC division of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.

Dr. Puri has vast experience and passion for priority areas such as integrated care teams and integrated care practice (especially around mental health), climate change and environmental stewardship, and the social determinants of health that affect patients in primary care.

Dr. Eamonn Rogers, Board Member

Dr. Rogers has been in practice as a  family physician for over 6 years, providing comprehensive family medicine with a focus on primary maternity care. He sees his patients as part of a collegial group practice in Vancouver using a traditional fee-for-service payment model. In addition to his clinical work at BC Women’s Hospital he is a member of the leadership executive in the Department of Family Practice as Assistant Head responsible for training and education. He is actively engaged in post-graduate resident teaching and spends time as a supervising clinician at the UBC resident-run clinic.

His recent passion has been found in the Quality Improvement world after having completed a year-long course though the Provincial Health Services Authority, during which he was able to see how we can make rapid and sustainable improvements at the ground level. Through the past 6 years he has also been involved in a wide array of various working groups and committees at the community and facility levels.

Outside of medicine he is a keen canoeist and skier with 2 young sons he can’t wait to take to the rivers and mountains of our beautiful province.

Resident Board Member

This Position is currently vacant.

Past Board of Directors