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Dr. Derek Human - Bio

Credentials: MA, BM, BCh, MRCP, FRCPC, FACC
Title: Head, Division of Cardiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 875-2296
Fax: (604) 875-3463

Brief Bio:
Dr. Derek G Human, MA, BM BCh, is Head of the Division of Cardiology. His main clinical interests are in general cardiology, especially the development of a Partnership Program to provide quality cardiology care in all communities, as well as in the long-term care of patients who have undergone cardiac transplantation. He has been active in teaching at all levels, having received awards for contributions to the Residency training program, as well as serving as Chairman of the Examination Board in Pediatric Cardiology for the Royal College.

Dr. Human was born and raised in Southern Africa, and then attended Oxford University in England on a Beit Scholarship, where he obtained an Honours Degree in Physiology and completed his Medical Degree. Following further training in England and South Africa, in 1981 Dr. Human accepted an appointment as a Consultant Pediatric Cardiologist at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cape Town. In 1987 he moved to Canada to take an appointment as Consultant Pediatric Cardiologist at the IWK Children’s Hospital, and Associate Professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax. He moved to Vancouver in 1993, and since 1994 he has been the Head of the Division of Cardiology at BC Children’s Hospital and at the University of British Columbia. He was appointed Medical Director of the Cardiac Sciences program at BC Children’s Hospital in 2001 to 2010, and was appointed to Clinical Professor in 2005.

Dr. Human led the development of the Pediatric Partnership Program in Cardiology for the province of British Columbia, a program that services eight regional centres across the province. He is currently involved in facilitating the evolution of this to include teleconferences with tele-echocardiography. Dr. Human was the previous Chairman of the Clinical Operations Committee of the Western Canadian Children’s Heart Network.

Dr. Human is particularly interested in the epidemiology of congenital heart disease, and the development of cost effective strategies for the management of pediatric heart disease. He remains an active member of the interventional cardiology team at the hospital.
Continuing medical education is another special interest for Dr. Human; he has been closely involved in the Canadian Cardiovascular Society professional development committee and developed CME programs for Pediatric Cardiology. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Examination Board for Pediatric Cardiology for the Royal College of Physician’s of Canada, and served on the Board for seven years. At the University of British Columbia, he is a regular contributor to CME programs for both family practitioners and pediatricians.

Specialty Certification
Honours degree in Physiology, and Bachelor’s degree in Medicine, University of Oxford, (Lincoln College), United Kingdom: 1968-1971
Membership of the Royal College of Physicians, UK: 1975
Post-graduate training in Pediatrics & Cardiology in the UK, Zimbabwe, & South Africa
Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Pediatrics: 1992
Certificate of Special Competence in Pediatric Cardiology: 1993

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