Dr. Ross Brown is Vice President for Pandemic Response. Ross has been our Regional Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Director since March, leading the overall management of the EOC and providing overarching strategic direction for our response and renewal efforts. For the next 12-18 months, Ross will continue to oversee our pandemic planning, response execution and management, as well as lead our renewal planning, execution and management.
Ross is a trauma/general surgeon and a Co-Senior Medical Director with the Coastal Community of Care. He was the first embedded military trauma surgeon in Canada and is credited with establishing the Canadian Forces Trauma Training Centre (West) with Trauma Services at the Vancouver General Hospital in 2001.
Ross joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1979 as a Maritime Surface Officer, posted to Esquimalt, serving in HMCS Restigouche, Yukon and Qu'Appelle as a Navigating Officer from 1980 to 1984. He graduated from McMaster University and completed an internship at St. Paul's Hospital before being posted to HMCS Provider as Medical Officer in 1989 and to the Base Hospital (1989-90) before returning to Vancouver for his General Surgery Residency and Trauma Fellowship at UBC. He has also earned a Masters of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University (2002).
In 2010, Ross was seconded to VANOC to support the Olympic & Paralympic Games, managing the Whistler Polyclinic, which included the Mobile Medical Unit (MMU). In addition to his current clinical, academic and administrative work, Ross supports the Provincial Health Services Agency as a medical advisor to the MMU.
He completed two tours in Bosnia and three in Afghanistan (Kabul and Kandahar). In 2005, Ross transferred from the Regular Forces to the Reserves until mandatory retirement at age 60 a couple of years ago. In 2018, the Royal Canadian Navy bestowed him with the title of Honorary Captain (Navy) to the Canadian Forces Health Services Centre (Pacific).