Anita Palepu

Anita Palepu, MD, MPH, FRCPC

Professor of Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, UBC
Research Scientist, CHÉOS
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Senior Scholar

Research Interests:

  • Urban Health
  • Addiction treatment
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Quality of life

Dr. Anita Palepu is a Full Professor, Division of Internal Medicine, UBC and a conducts her research at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS ) and has many collaborations with her colleagues at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Her research program falls under the broad umbrella of urban health research with particular interest in vulnerable populations such as drug users, HIV-infected persons, and homeless persons. She also is part of a network of Canadian researchers examining issues pertaining to housing, homelessness and health and is the Vancouver site PI for the Health and Housing in Transition Study, which is a 2008 CIHR-funded, four-year longitudinal study of 400 homeless and vulnerably housed persons being conducted in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa. In 2004, she assumed co-directorship of the UBC Department of Medicine Clinical Investigator Program and was awarded a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Senior Scholar.

As an Internal Medicine specialist at St. Paul's Hospital, Dr. Palepu is active in teaching residents and medical students in both the inpatient and clinic setting. She has been actively involved with the launch of an independent, open access general medical journal Open Medicine and is the Co-editor. She is also the President of the International Society of Urban Health and the Organizing Chair of the 7th International Conference on Urban Health scheduled for Oct 29-31 in Vancouver, BC.

Awards, Fellowships
2006 Boston University School of Public Health Distinguished Alumni

Related websites
Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Open Medicine
International Conference of Urban Health 2008