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Douglas Cochrane


Doug has served as the Chair of the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council and as the Provincial Patient Safety & Quality Officer since the Council’s creation in 2008. In 2017 he was also appointed as Board Chair of Interior Health.

Doug retired from clinical practice in 2017 after a three-decade career as a paediatric neurosurgeon at BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children in Vancouver, as well as SickKids in Toronto. During that time he served in numerous leadership positions throughout BC Children’s Hospital, the Children’s and Women’s Health Centre, and the Provincial Health Services Authority. He also chaired the BC Patient Safety Task Force from its inception in 2003 to the creation of the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council.

A passionate teacher, Doug was appointed Professor Emeritus by the University of British Columbia’s Department of Surgery in 2016. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 articles and chapters and continues to serve as Faculty for our Quality Academy and Clinician Quality Academy programs, as well as the Sauder Physician Leadership program at the University of British Columbia.