General Internal Medicine

Internal medicine is the branch and specialty of medicine concerning the diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of diseases in adults, especially of internal organs.

The Division of General Internal Medicine is comprised of 30 faculty, many of whom also participate in activities at Vancouver Acute, BC Women's and Children's hospital, and Lion's Gate hospital.  Basic to all the division is the provision of General Internal Medicine consultation and ongoing care, taking place in an inpatient setting, an outpatient setting or in both. Clinically we form the bulk of the CTU (clinical teaching unit) inpatient service and medical consultation service. We emphasize office-based medicine, rural outreach medicine and community medicine. We also focus on specialty medicine in the form of HIV care, ER, rheumatology, chronic pain management, addiction medicine, hypertension, maternal-fetal medicine, clinical pharmacology, and eating disorders. 

Contact Information
Division of General Internal Medicine
5913 - 1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, B.C., V6Z 1Y6
Telephone: 604-806-8397
Fax: 604-806-8338 

Dr. Jane McKay, Division Head, Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Rose Hatala, Professor
Dr. Nadia Khan, Professor and Head (Interim), UBC Division of General Internal Medicine
Dr. Anita Palepu, Professor and Head, Department of Medicine, UBC

Dr. Ric Arseneau, Clinical Professor
Dr. Wee-Shian Chan, Clinical Professor
Dr. Barry Kassen, Clinical Professor
Dr. Iain Mackie, Clinical Professor
Dr. Jake Onrot, Clinical Professor 

Dr. Nora Cummins, Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Jesse Greiner, Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. May Ong, Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Debbie Rosenbaum, Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Stephane Voyer, Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Liam Brunham, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Shane Arishenkoff, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Alex Chan, Clinical Assistant Professor 
Dr. Marie-Pierre Dallaire, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Gil Kimel, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Laura Kuyper, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Birinder Mangat, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. P. Anna Rahmani-Gorji, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. John Staples, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. James Tessaro, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. C. Peter Weerasinghe, Clinical Assistant Professor 

Dr. Peter Chen, Clinical Instructor
Dr. Kenneth Cunningham, Clinical Instructor
Dr. Steve Ham, Clinical Instructor
Dr. Rene Janssen, Clinical Instructor
Dr. Erin Sloan, Clinical Instructor
Dr. Davedeep Sohi, Clinical Instructor
Dr. Tony Wan, Clinical Instructor
Dr. Terence Yung, Clinical Instructor

Dr. Robert Rangno, Clinical Associate Professor (Emeritus)


Education is a core element of our mandate and divisional members make significant contributions to the training of medical students and residents at St. Paul's Hospital and at other external venues. Our members are program leaders in medical education and many have key administrative roles in the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Training programs at the University of British Columbia. 


The Divisional research activities involve a core group of funded researchers with dedicated time for research. Dr. Anita Palepu is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Senior Scholar whose interest is in urban health. Dr. Nadia Khan's research interests include social determinants of cardiovascular disease, and exploring gender and ethnic differences in patients with hypertension. Dr. Khan has received many prestigious supporting grants including CIHR operating grants and Michael Smith awards. Dr. Khan is a recipient of the CIHR New Investigator Award and the St. Paul's Hospital Foundation Physician Scholar Award.  

Medical education research is a focus for many divisional members and recently, Drs. Rose Hatala, Iain Mackie and Barry Kassen, along with Dr. Mark Roberts, were awarded a Stemmler Grant (from the National Board of Examiners).