BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Dr. D. Douglas Cochrane

Chair & Provincial Patient Safety & Quality Officer

Email: dcochrane@bcpsqc.ca
Office: 604.668.8222
Kelowna, BC

Dr. Cochrane is the Chair of the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, and Provincial Patient Safety & Quality Officer for British Columbia.

Dr. Cochrane is a Professor at the University of British Columbia in Neurosurgery, a certificant of the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, and a Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Cochrane obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto, graduating in 1975, followed by training in Neurosurgery at the University of Calgary. A pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, was completed in 1981.

Following his training, Dr. Cochrane was appointed as neurosurgeon at the Calgary General Hospital, Foothills Provincial Hospital, Tom Baker Cancer Center and Alberta Children’s Hospital, and served these facilities until 1986. During this time, he held an appointment as Assistant Professor of Neurosciences, University of Calgary.

In 1986, Dr. Cochrane was appointed as a staff neurosurgeon at BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. He served as the Head of the Section of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief, BC Children’s Hospital and Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia 1991-2001, Vice President of Medicine for Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia 2001-2003, and Vice President of Medical Affairs, Quality, Safety & Risk Management for the Provincial Health Services Authority in Vancouver 2003-2008. He Chaired the BC Patient Safety Task Force from its inception in 2003 to the creation of the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council.

Dr. Cochrane has interests in the following areas related to patient safety and quality:

  • Patient safety policy and accountability mechanisms, risk assessment, evaluation and mitigation.
  • Health care systems development and change focusing on the provider skills through the analysis of quality and safety during surgical care.
  • Clinical information system development and implementation.

Download Doug’s Ministerial Order.