Dr. Dean Chittock is responsible for the medicine, quality, safety, risk, client relations and infection control portfolios within Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). A senior leader of the medical team at Vancouver Acute for over a decade, he is also the Senior Medical Director, Vancouver Acute Services, a Critical Care physician as well as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at UBC.
Dr. Chittock has been Medical Director of the UBC Hospital ICU as well as Assistant Medical Director of the ICU at VGH, and in 2003 he became Chair of the Regional Critical Care Council. This was followed in 205 by his appointment as Regional Medical Director and he is currently Co-Chair of the Provincial Critical Care Working Group. In addition to these roles, Dr. Chittock has functioned as the Division Head for Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Medicine at UBC, Medical Manager of the VGH ICU, and is Executive Sponsor of the VCH/Providence Surgical program.
Dr. Chittock graduated from the University of Western Ontario completing an undergraduate degree in Physiology and an MD (Honours) after which he completed a Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Statistics at Harvard University. Included in his special professional qualifications are a Respiratory Subspecialty Fellowship and a Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. He has a special interest and expertise in quality improvement through his time at the Institute for Health Care Improvement in Boston. His interest and expertise in this area have resulted in many quality care initiatives across VCH that have improved care and access for critical care patients.