New Executive Director of Medical and Academic Affairs, Laura Nielsen

Medical and Academic Affairs has been working over the last year to evolve it’s organizational structure to ensure the right resources are delivering the right support for the organization as we move towards our Strategic Framework. To that end, I am thrilled to announce that Laura Nielsen has accepted the position of Executive Director for Medical and Academic Affairs (MAA) commencing March 2, 2020.

Laura has worked within Medical and Academic Affairs for the last year as Director for Medical Staff Engagement, Change Readiness and Change Management leading the Medical Staff engagement strategy for Island Health. This work has set a strong foundation for the continued evolution of Medical and Academic Affairs which she will continue to build upon in her new role. Laura will be responsible for co-leading both strategy and operations within the Medical and Academic Affairs portfolio and will work with Executive Medical Directors and Executive Directors throughout the region to advance Island Health’s strategic priorities.

Laura holds a Master’s in governance and systems and joined Island Health in 2008. She has held several leadership roles focused on quality, system transformation, and governance, which have prepared her well for this leadership role in Medical and Academic Affairs. She brings over 15 years of progressive leadership experience in healthcare and has developed valuable collaborative relationships across Island Health, with other health authorities, and with the Ministry of Health that will serve her well as she transitions to this new role. A true west-coaster, when away from the office, Laura enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling abroad with her young family.

Please join me in congratulating Laura on her new role.

-Dr. Ben Williams, Interim VP Medicine, Quality and Academic Affairs