Vancouver, Canada (December 6th, 2019) – The board of directors of the British Columbia Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) is pleased to announce that Dr. Stirling Bryan has been named the President of the organization as of January 1st, 2020. He replaces Dr. Tom Noseworthy as the organization’s leader; Dr. Noseworthy’s term of office as CEO will conclude on December 31st, 2019.
Dr. Bryan is a health economist with more than 30 years of applied health research experience, characterized by close engagement with patients, clinicians and policy makers. He began his career in the UK with appointments at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School and then Brunel University, before moving to the University of Birmingham. His research history reveals a longstanding goal of informing policy and practice, demonstrated, in part, through extensive engagements with both the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK and the Canadian Agency for Drugs & Technologies in Health (CADTH).
In 2005, he was awarded a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship and spent one year at Stanford University, researching technology coverage decision-making in US health care organizations.
Dr. Bryan immigrated to Canada in 2008, taking on the roles of professor in UBC’s School of Population & Public Health and Director of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation (C2E2), a research centre at Vancouver Coastal Health’s Research Institute. Over recent years, he has become a strong advocate for, and practitioner of, patient-oriented research. In 2016, he was appointed Scientific Director for the BC SUPPORT Unit, a unit of BC AHSN focusing on promoting patient-oriented research in the province.
In his new role, Dr. Bryan will build on the work of the outgoing CEO to connect and catalyze British Columbia’s resources and expertise for health system change. “Before I begin in my new role, we must acknowledge Dr. Noseworthy for the significant contributions and successes that he brought to BC AHSN during his time as CEO,” said Dr. Bryan. “As the inaugural
leader, he embedded three operating units within the organization, launched two research networks, built an internal infrastructure and undertook extensive planning and environmental scanning to map out the supports needed in BC to strengthen and enable learning health systems.”
“This work provides an excellent foundation on which to implement collaborations with our partners and build on the excellent work already underway in BC.”
“On behalf of the board of directors of the BC AHSN, I’d like to acknowledge Dr. Bryan’s work with the BC SUPPORT Unit and congratulate him on his new position as President of the overall organization,” said Dr. Charles Jago, Board Chair.
The British Columbia Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN)’s role is to advance learning health systems in BC through building bridges between the academic and health worlds, and to enable innovations within the system that make the best use of provincial assets, resources and expertise. BC AHSN’s focus is transformative system change in provincial health priority areas. BC AHSN’s operational units include the BC SUPPORT Unit, Clinical Trials BC and Research Ethics BC.
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