We are dedicated to helping Vancouver Community of Care physicians build a better working environment at VGH, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre and Vancouver Community. We believe we can create the best place to work and provide the best patient care in the community and in the hospitals where we practice. We do this by engaging our members in a number of ways that help build collegial relationships. We help physicians to identify issues that matter most to them and we work with them to address priorities and support activities that foster a more connected, collaborative and caring community. 

Vancouver Physician Staff Association (VPSA)

The Vancouver Medical Dental & Allied Staff’s engagement activities are coordinated by the Vancouver Physician Staff Association. This non-profit association was established in 2016 as part of the provincial Facility Engagement Initiative with the objectives of strengthening relationships, engagement and improving communication between Vancouver Coastal Health Authority's Vancouver Acute and Vancouver Community leaders and physicians who work or have privileges at VGH, UBC Hospital and GF Strong and in facilities within Vancouver Community. The VPSA Facility Engagement Initiative’s ultimate goal is creating a collaborative culture where physicians and health care leaders work together to share knowledge and make informed decisions that can improve patient care, the physician experience, and the cost effectiveness of the health care system.

Facility Engagement is funded through the Physician Master Agreement. Six of the seven British Columbia health authorities committed to a Memorandum of Understanding in 2014 to support greater engagement and collaboration with physicians. This MOU was renewed in 2019.

The VPSA board of directors oversees the Facility Engagement Initiative and provides guidance as to the initiative’s strategy, its vision, mission and direction. The board holds a fiduciary, ethical and legal responsibility to ensure the VPSA is managed soundly and is accountable to its physician members.

We have three strategic goals:

Strategic Pillar 1: Work collaboratively with health authority leadership to optimize physician engagement

Activities that support this pillar include senior leadership team meetings, Breakfast with Leaders sessions, operationalizing the engagement framework, encouraging VPSA members to participate on VCH committees, continuing to meet with VCH on the Physician Hub for Engagement and Wellness, holding townhall meetings, creating opportunities for members and VCH administrators to meet informally, and funding physician-led projects that improve relations with the health authority.

Strategic Pillar 2: Strengthen physician leadership

VPSA will advocate for medical leadership evaluation and host leadership courses (e.g. PLI, CMPA, monthly leadership seminars). We will advance the diversity, equity, and inclusion of medical leadership within the Vancouver Community of Care and VCH and fund a physician-led project designed to support women physicians who wish to become leaders. VPSA will host project charter meetings and work with PLQI on joint projects.

Strategic Pillar 3: Strengthen physician community across Vancouver Acute and Vancouver Community

Community building and wellness events will continue to be an important component of what VPSA offers members. We will continue to work with VCH on meet and greet events to welcome new physicians and we will work with the health authority on providing up-to-date onboarding resources to help streamline the orientation process. We will fund physician-led projects that create a greater sense of community.

VPSA Board of Directors

Dr. Alison Harris, President

Dr. Ka Wai Cheung, Vice President

Dr. John Ridley, Treasurer

Dr. Michael Nimmo, Secretary

Dr. Hui-Min Yang, Member at Large

Dr. Eric Yoshida, Past President


Andrew Pinfold, Operations Director

Annapurna Chavali, Projects Manager

Brigitte Malana, Acting Administrative Assistant

Cindy Liang, Administrative Assistant (currently on maternity leave)

Jill Lunde, Communications Lead