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Interior Health remembers life of board chair

Dr. Doug Cochrane was a pediatric neurosurgeon and leader in B.C.’s medical community for more than 3 decades
B.C.’s Interior Health Authority mourns the death of Dr. Doug Cochrane. (Interior Health/Submitted)

Those with B.C.’s Interior Health Authority are expressing sadness following the death of Dr. Doug Cochrane.

For more than three decades Cochrane operated as a pediatric neurosurgeon, mentor and educator, said Interior Health president and CEO Susan Brown.

Cochrane was acting as the board chair of the Interior Health Board of Directors at the time of his death.

“Doug’s contributions to British Columbia’s health-care system overall are unparalleled,” said Brown.

Cochrane chaired the B.C. Patient Safety Task Force from its inception in 2003, assisted in the creation of Health Quality B.C., worked as the provincial patient safety and quality officer and was a past chair of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.

Cochrane also was appointed Professor Emeritus by the UBC Department of Surgery in 2016 and served as faculty for Health Quality BC, Quality Academy and Clinician Quality Academy programs, as well as the Sauder Physician Leadership program at UBC.

Interior Health said that Cochrane will be remembered for his “kind and gentle approach to leadership, his enduring passion for his work to improve patient care, quality and safety, and his personal and professional commitment to listening and learning from Indigenous peoples in the Interior to guide our reconciliation efforts.”

Jacqueline Gelineau

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