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Vanessa Brcic MD CCFP CGIMS, Research Advisor

Family Physician with an interest in complex care, pain management and trauma therapy

After serving as Research Director and Physician at CpC in 2014-2015, Dr. Brcic is currently pursuing full-time MSc studies at UBC, and certification in somatic trauma therapy. She is currently contributing to CpC as a Research Advisor.

Dr. Brcic graduated from McMaster University with an interdisciplinary Honours degree in Arts & Science in 2001, and her medical degree in 2006.  She served as Co-Chief Resident during her Family Practice Residency at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. She has a sustained interest in the care of vulnerable populations, and in interdisciplinary care for patients with complex chronic conditions often neglected in the medical system. Since a serious bicycle-MVA collision in 2010, she has also gained experience navigating the health system as a patient, now dedicating most of her ongoing clinical work to the compassionate treatment of chronic pain. She feels privileged to be able to support each patient on their healing journey.

Her research interest is health inequities, with a focus on the social determinants of health. She has received funding and support through the Clinician Scholar Program in the Department of Family Practice at UBC, the BC College of Family Physicians, and from both the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the UBC School of Public and Population Health (SPPH) to complete a Masters thesis in this area of study. She is also a Research Associate with the BC office of the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives.

She is a Co-Founder and Vice Chair of Basics for Health Society, a non-profit organization that build capacity to address the social determinants of health. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Doctors of BC (District 3 Delegate), the BC College of Family Physicians, and Canadian Doctors for Medicare.

In her spare time, she enjoys time in the wilderness, in the garden, and in the kitchen.