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New Geo 2 Executive Medical Director - Dr. Ben Williams

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Ben Williams has accepted the position of Executive Medical Director, Geography 2 (Nanaimo, Oceanside, Alberni-Clayoquot); Renal, Trauma, and Oncology Services.

Dr. Ben WilliamsDr. Williams brings extensive leadership experience from inside and outside of Island Health. He was the Executive Lead for Strategy and Engagement in the Office of the President and CEO and, since January, Dr. Williams has been the Executive Medical Lead for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. He has also served as Acting Executive Medical Director for Geography 2 since May.

Dr. Williams was previously the Community Medical Director for Oceanside, where he focused on making the Oceanside Health Centre a “great place to work, learn, and receive care.” In this position he tackled issues regarding physician recruitment, remuneration, and building relationships with local stakeholders, including the Division of Family Practice.

Dr. Williams graduated from medical school at the University of British Columbia and completed a residency in family medicine at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. He has worked extensively throughout Island Health communities in both facility-based and primary health care, in both rural and urban settings. Dr. Williams’ current clinical practice focusses on urgent care and emergency medicine, as well as end-of-life care.

Prior to studying medicine, Dr. Williams worked in leadership positions providing strategic policy and communications advice in the not-for-profit and government sectors.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Williams to his position.

Dr. W. David Robertson                                Elin Bjarnason

Acting Chief Medical Officer                      Vice President, Clinical Service Delivery

Executive Medical Director