UBC Okanagan dean elected to Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Fellowship

Dr. Joan Bottorff, Dean of Health and Social Development at UBC Okanagan, has been elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS).

The Academy, which represents all Canadian medical and allied health sciences -- from fundamental science to social science and population health -- was established to provide advice on and assessments of key issues relevant to the health of Canadians.

“l think it’s exciting that CAHS includes the full range of academic health scientists,” says Dr. Bottorff. “The collaboration the Academy will foster among health scientists is just what is needed to tackle Canada’s most important health issues.”

Of the 175 Fellows inducted at the Academy’s recent inaugural meeting in Vancouver, 12 are nurses. Dr. Bottorff is one of three nurses from UBC to receive this recognition, along with Dr. Sally Thorne and Dr. Joy Johnson.

Election to fellowship in the Academy is considered one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community and carries with it a covenant to serve the Academy and the future well-being of the health sciences.

Dr. Bottorff was a faculty member in the School of Nursing at UBC's Vancouver campus from 1992 until her appointment as Dean of Health and Social Development at UBC Okanagan, effective September 1 of this year. In addition, she has served as an Affiliate Scientist with the B.C. Cancer Agency since 2001.

More information about the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences is available online at www.cahs-acss.ca

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