Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Etherington comes to us from Interior Health (IH) where he has served as the VP Medicine and Quality since 2010. In this role he provided leadership in the areas of medical administration, quality improvement, clinical and enterprise risk management, accreditation, infection prevention and control, ethics, clinical networks, and was the IH academic liaison with the Southern Medical Program.
Dr. Etherington has enjoyed a rich and diverse career in the health and education systems. A former high school English teacher, Dr. Etherington completed medical school at the University of Calgary in 1982 and his residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1987. In 1988, he joined St. Paul's Hospital (SPH) in Vancouver as a staff emergency physician. From 1994 to 2000, he was Chair of Emergency Medicine at SPH and Providence Health Care (PHC).
In 2000, he became the Acting Vice-President of Medicine for PHC and Vice President of Medical Affairs in 2001, where his strategic focus was on physician engagement, particularly in key aspects of continuous quality improvement, physician professional conduct, and physician leadership development. Jeremy is also a clinical professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine in the UBC Faculty of Medicine where, from 1989 to 1994, he was Director of the CCFP Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program.
Nationally, Jeremy chaired the Board of Examiners of the College of Family Physicians of Canada from 2002 to 2008. He also chaired the College’s National Committee on Emergency Medicine from 1995 to 2002.
Jeremy has strong roots on the Island, including attending the University of Victoria. Both of his parents lived in the greater Victoria area and were members of the Victoria General Hospital Medical Staff. In his spare time, Jeremy can be found scuba-diving, golfing or playing one of his 19 guitars.
To contact Jeremy please call his assistant, Sharon Fennel at 250.519.1867 or e-mail: Sharon.Fennell@viha.ca