Jul 2023

A Retirement Interview with Dr. Stephan van Eeden



Dr. Stephan van Eeden (He/Him/His)

Professor Emeritus

Department of Medicine/Division of Respiratory Medicine & General Internal Medicine

Vancouver, BC

Dr. Stephan van Eeden was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his medical training at the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa, and received his PhD from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. van Eeden’s research focuses on the mechanisms of lung inflammation caused by infection and inhalation exposures, particularly cigarette smoking and air pollution. A landmark finding of his group’s research efforts is that exposure to ambient air pollutants, in particular the small particles component, generated inflammation in lung tissues, and mediators of this inflammation spill over into the bloodstream, and these are responsible for the downstream adverse cardiovascular health effects of exposure to air pollution, well documented in epidemiological studies.

Dr. van Eeden retired on December 31, 2022, from the Department of Medicine in the Division of Respiratory Medicine. He intends to travel with his family and pursue his love of photography while continuing to teach at UBC.

Read the full interview: https://medicine.med.ubc.ca/looking-back-a-retirement-interview-with-dr-stephan-van-eeden/