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New Medical Leaders for Primary Care and Mental Health and Substance Use

We are pleased to introduce and welcome two new medical leaders to Island Health, Dr. Lissa Benson and Dr. Daniel Boston.

Dr. Lissa BensonWelcome Dr. Lissa Benson, as the new Division Head for Primary Care in geography 1 and the Medical Leader, Family Practice at North Island Hospital Comox Valley. Dr. Lissa Benson earned her medical degree from Queen’s University before completing her residency at Memorial University in Newfoundland. Dr. Benson has been practicing in Comox since 2002. She also teaches family practice residents during their obstetrics rotations in the Strathcona Family Medicine Residency Program. In addition to her office-based family practice, she has provided hospital in-patient care, prenatal care and delivery and long term facility care as well as served as the Department Head of Obstetrics at St. Joseph’s General Hospital.

When not practicing medicine, Dr. Benson enjoys having a well-kept garden (with winter-flowering plants!), sipping decaf mochas and sharing good meals with family and friends.


Dr. Daniel BostonWelcome Dr. Daniel Boston, as the new Medical Leader for Mental Health and Substance Use Case Management and Rehab in geography 4. A psychiatrist, Dr. Boston earned his medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 2010 and completed his residency at the University of British Columbia in 2015. In his time at Island Health, Dr. Boston has worked with the Mental Health and Substance Use adult in and outpatient teams. He is currently working on a quality improvement project in Early Psychosis with PQI. He is also active in the South Island Medical Staff Association, serving on their facilities engagement working group.