Board of Directors
Dr. Jay Slater, Board Chair
Dr. Slater is a practicing family physician since 1990. His clinical interests have evolved over the years and include inner city health, addictions and mental health, palliative care, and care of elders. He has practiced in an office setting as a full service family doctor, as a hospitalist, as a palliative care provider and consultant (in hospice and in residential care facilities) and, since 2008 as a member of a home-based primary care practice serving frail elders (HomeVIVE).
He has held several leadership roles including family physician ward Medical Manager, Head of the hospitalist program (VGH), physician lead for Bloom Group hospice doctors, Medical Manager of the STAT Centre (VGH) and Home VIVE, and Medical Director VCH Community Geriatric programs. He maintains a role in teaching medical students and residents throughout his years in practice.
Dr. Kelly Little, Vice-Chair
Dr. Little is a practicing family physician since 2014, working in both acute care and community settings with interests in elder care and mental health. She works at Willow Pavilion and St. Paul’s Hospital, caring for admitted primary care patients, as well as making visits to frail homebound patients with HomeVIVE. She teaches residents and medical students and is the Designated Site-Specific Lead for the Care of the Elderly rotation at the St. Paul’s site. Her prior work focused on providing primary and addictions care in Vancouver’s inner city. Her clinical practice has been shaped by her passion to care for some of Vancouver’s most vulnerable populations.
She has been a member of the Vancouver Division since 2012, and involved on the Continuity of Care Committee (CCC) since 2015. Through the work of the committee she became the Division representative on a number of initiatives, and helped champion many successful projects, including the Dine & Learn series.
Dr. Ramesh Kamath, Secretary & Treasurer
Dr. Kamath is a practicing family physician working at Simply Wellness Medical Clinic since 2017. His background and interest in Internal Medicine has assisted in his focus in catering to complex and high needs patients, by taking on such patients from the community and unattached patients on discharge from Vancouver General Hospital.
Having completed Family Medicine Residency from UBC in 2014, he practised two years in the rural communities of Fort St. John (FSJ) and Hudson’s Hope which allowed him to get an insight into Indigenous communities and their health issues. Being the lead physician at the Northern Health multidisciplinary clinic exposed him to interdisciplinary system of practice which facilitated better patient care and outcome. He also served on the Board of the North Peace Division of Family Practice participating in discussions with BC Ministry of Health in the formation of an alternate funding model for physicians in FSJ. Dr. Kamath has been an assessor in the Practice Ready Assessment program and regularly teaches Residents and UBC medical students in his practice.
The study of healthcare models in OECD countries at BCIT’s Health Care Management program exposed him to a variety of different practice models. He has a keen interest in the Patient Medical Home and the Primary Care Network as a route to improve patient care and avoid physician burnout. He has been a member of the Vancouver division since 2012 with a hiatus during the time spent in FSJ.
Dr. Lauren Daley, Board Member
Dr. Daley is new to practice after graduating from the St. Paul’s Family Practice Residency Program. She is currently completing additional training in palliative care while continuing to practice family medicine. She has been a member of the VDoFP throughout her residency and is keen to positively shape the future of family medicine with the changing landscape of primary care in mind. She is especially interested in community-based care of vulnerable populations including frail elders, those facing life-limiting illness, and those struggling with mental health and addiction.
Throughout her residency and first few months of practice, she has gained valuable insight into the many challenges primary care providers face in light of increasingly complex patients and an aging population. As a board member, Lauren is passionate about working with like minds to help curb the effects of this anticipated population change.
Dr. Brenda Hardie, Board Member
Dr. Hardie has been practicing since 1993 and considers herself a true generalist. Her first 19 years were spent in a solo rural practice. She enjoyed being a preceptor as well as various leadership roles. She developed skills in governance as the Chief of Emergency and the Chief of Obstetrics. In 2012, she took a full 180 degree turn and became an urbanite and brought her generalist roots to the Broadway corridor. Her practice is a typical cradle to grave practice with the inclusion of providing OAT for addictions. Collaboration with a colleague at Sheway has allowed her to provide a medical home for marginalized women and children. Being resourceful has helped her adapt to her new community and lead her to be a part of an excellent group of like-minded physicians that energize her every day.
In search of ways to continue to develop as a leader she embraced medical education at UBC and has enjoyed 5 years as the lead for faculty development and 4 years as the residency program associate director. She is at heart a problem-solver and brings to the Board an understanding of how complex human systems adapt and change. Seeing the big picture and bringing together many points of view are key tasks for a Board and these are skills that she has worked to build in her 25 year career so far.
Dr. Jesse Kancir, Resident Board Member
Dr. Jesse Kancir is a resident completing his Family Medicine training in the Vancouver Fraser program at UBC, as part of his residency in public health and preventive medicine. As a previous President of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, and current Board member of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, he has spent his entire medical career so far advocating for students, residents, and patients. His clinical interests in family medicine are broad, and are complemented with a focus on healthy public policy and health systems.
He completed medical school at the University of Toronto, and has also completed a graduate training in health policy and economics at the London School of Economics, and in public policy at the University of Cambridge, where was a a Chevening Scholar. He has also worked as a policy advisor to former federal Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott.
Dr. Robin Patyal, Board Member
Dr. Patyal is a practicing family physician with formal focused training in Care of Elderly from UBC. He is in his first year of practice in Vancouver, which involves residential care and locum work for frail elder inpatients units and a primary care team that visits homebound frail elder in Vancouver. He brings leadership experience as medical co-ordinator of a 90-bed residential care facility, and with previous work as chief resident for UBC Enhanced Skills and in organizations including CHIUS, Social Medicine, and Resident Doctors of BC.
He has been a member with the Vancouver Division since 2017, with involvement in Patient Medical Home, Residential Care Initiative, and IT initiatives and learning.
Dr. Nitasha Puri, Board Member
Dr. Puri is a GP whose practice is heavily focused on addiction and mental health, mostly in Vancouver’s inner city populations. She is therefore acutely aware of the effect that social determinants and health systems have on both patient and provider well-being. Dr. Puri understands the value of research in advocacy, and is currently developing her systems and policy thinking as a clinical research scholar. She mentors in and practices skills of communication, policy making, and advocacy, and is also a member of the CMA General Assembly Ambassador program, the CMA MD-MP program (where she works with MPs Jenny Kwan and Don Davies on health issues in parliament), various VCH addiction guideline committees, and the BC division of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.
Dr. Puri has vast experience and passion for priority areas such as integrated care teams and integrated care practice (especially around mental health), climate change and environmental stewardship, and the social determinants of health that affect patients in primary care.