Welcome to Island Health

On August 1 st, we launched our new public website:


and a new website for medical staff:


Our website was developed in partnership with patients and residents of Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. It's accessible, mobile friendly and flexible to help us evolve with our communities as we work towards excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Come visit the new sites and update your bookmarks. This www.viha.ca site will continue to be available for one month so that our staff and partners have time to update their links to the new site. You can still browse the old site but it will no longer be updated.


Who We Are

The Pain Program’s interdisciplinary team consists of clerical staff, anesthesiologists, a psychiatrist, an otolaryngology pain physician, pharmacists, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, and social workers.

With medical professionals from many disciplines, the Pain Program strives to provide holistic pain management to its patients.

Dr. William J. Davis MD, FRCP(C), Co-Director of the Regional Pain Program (Victoria Site), is an appointed Clinical Instructor for the UBC School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesia.

Dr. Karl Muendel, MD, DC Diplomate ABA, Diplomate Pain Medicine, University of Michigan is Co-Director (Nanaimo Site).

Our affiliated academic centre provides clinical training for UVic and Camosun Nursing Programs, nurse practitioner programs, and UBC Island Medical Program students.

The Clinical Centre teams consist of:

  • Three anesthesiologists per site
  • Physicians with specialized pain knowledge including a psychiatrist and otolaryngologist
  • A clinical nurse educator
  • Clinical nurse leaders
  • Registered nurses
  • Social workers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Clerical staff

Click here to read the biographies of some of our interdisciplinary team members.

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