BSc Hons (Biological Sciences), 1975
SFU OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENT, 2006
Robert graduated from SFU with a BSc in Biological Sciences in 1975. Following SFU he spent the next 10 years at McMaster University, doing an MD, MSc and PhD and fellowship training in child development before returning to Vancouver to complete his residency in pediatrics. He then joined UBC as faculty and did clinical work at Sunny Hill Health Centre and BC Children’s Hospital specializing in childhood disability.
Robert has held a variety of roles over this period of time including Medical Director at Sunny Hill, Vice President, Clinical at Children’s and Women’s Hospital and Head of Pediatrics at UBC and Chief of Pediatrics at BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital from 2000 to 2010.
He was also Associate Faculty, School of Population and Public Health and Senior Associate Clinical Scientist at the Child and Family Research Institute. During this time he helped establish a Centre for Community Child Health Research and a Centre for International Child Health. It was this work that linked him to the Aga Khan University where he did a 6-month sabbatical in Karachi and from this relationship ended up with his current role as the Abdul Sultan Jamal Professor of Pediatrics and Foundation Dean of the AKU Medical College, responsible for establishing a brand new Medical College as part of a Faculty of Health Sciences for East Africa based in Nairobi.
In 2007, Robert received the SFU Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Achievement, and in 2011 he was appointed a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
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