Alumni Profiles


Stephen Read, MD ’78
Dr. Stephen Read is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioural Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Attending Staff Psychiatrist for the Outpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Program at Greater Los Angeles Veterans Health Care System. A clinical and research psychiatrist with board […] Read More >


Felix Durity, MD ‘63 – Moderator
Dr. Felix Durity is one of the most respected neurosurgeons in Canada who has dedicated his life to seeking out the best possible neurosurgical care for the people of British Columbia and beyond. He has provided vital education for the next generation of clinicians and researchers in BC and in Canada, as well as developing […] Read More >


Bruce Miller, MD ’78
Dr. Bruce Miller is a Professor of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and holds the A.W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Chair. He directs the busy UCSF dementia centre where patients in the San Francisco Bay Area receive comprehensive clinical evaluations. His goal is the delivery of model care to all […] Read More >


Robin Love, MD’86
Partners in Compassion: Global Health in Nepal Partners in Compassion has a simple but impactful mission—to enhance compassionate care and comfort to the dying and their families. The hospice palliative care communities of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada and Bhaktapur, Nepal have come together in friendship to share resources and learn from each other’s experiences and […] Read More >


Jeanine McColl, MPT’09
While in school at UBC, Jeanine McColl, MPT’09 completed an interdisciplinary rural placement program which had a lasting impact on her future work and volunteer efforts.  She traveled to Port McNeil for the placement with UBC students from medicine, nursing, and physical therapy, with the goal of learning the nuances of practice in their chosen […] Read More >


Beth Duncan, BMid ’06 & Rachel Rees, BMid ’11 – Pomegranate Community Midwives
Beth Duncan, BMid ’06 knew she wanted to study and practice midwifery in Vancouver, but when she finished her undergraduate degree, UBC Midwifery didn’t exist. She had been waiting for the program at UBC to be launched since the profession was regulated in British Columbia in 1998.  In 2002, when the program selected the first […] Read More >


Avery Krisman, MD’87
Whether the story is told by the character in an opera he’s learning or by a patient in his Toronto psychiatry practice, Dr. Avery Krisman is fascinated by what the story reveals about the person who shares it. His approach to psychotherapy grew from his interest in talking with patients to understand who they are […] Read More >


Celina Laursen, BMid’09
When Celina Laursen left her small, close-knit community on Haida Gwaii to pursue her Degree in Midwifery at UBC, her goal was to give women the choice to birth on the Island. Any way you look at it, UBC Alumna Celina Laursen has achieved her goal, increasing the number of births on Haida Gwaii by […] Read More >


Alison McLean, BSc(OT)’89, MSc’10
A guiding principle of working with people with brain injuries is helping them find “somewhere to live, someone to love and something to do.” UBC alumna Alison McLean, BSc (OT)’89, MSc’10, aspires to help her clients achieve all three during their recovery and rehabilitation. She has witnessed how it can be incredibly challenging to live […] Read More >


John Webb, MD’82
There was no ‘ah-ha’ moment or a single person to take credit for a life changing procedure which has saved the lives of thousands around the world, but there was one alumnus from UBC’s Faculty of Medicine who lead a team of individuals through a series of incremental steps to pioneer percutaneous heart valve replacement; […] Read More >