MSFHR board of directors welcomes two new members

26 September 2016

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Evan Adams and Dr. Brendan Carr to its board of directors.

Dr. Adams is a Coast Salish physician from the Tla’amin First Nation located near Powell River. Adams, the chief medical officer for the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), works closely with government partners on population and public health matters that affect First Nations and all British Columbians.

Prior to joining FNHA, Adams was deputy provincial health officer. In this role, he provided independent direction on First Nations and Aboriginal health issues to the BC Ministry of Health.

Adams completed his Doctor of Medicine (MD) at the University of Calgary, his Aboriginal Family Practice residency at St. Paul’s Hospital / UBC (as chief resident) and has a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Carr was named president and chief executive officer for Island Health in 2013 after previously serving as executive vice-president and chief medical officer. Before joining the health authority, he was vice-president of medicine with the Capital District Health Authority in Halifax and an assistant professor with Dalhousie University.

Carr trained as an emergency department physician. He also holds a Master of Business Administration. Dr. Carr is a Certified Physician Executive, a Certified Healthcare Executive and has completed a research fellowship with the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.

Active in education and health services research, Dr. Carr is an advocate for transformation in health care.

The new directors’ appointments were approved at MSFHR’s annual general meeting on September 23. The meeting also marked the retirement of Dr. Marco Marra and Cathy Ulrich from the board. Ulrich first joined the board in 2007 and was on the governance committee since 2008. She stepped down after serving the maximum nine-year term.