Doug Cochrane has served as the Chair of the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (BCPSQC) and as the Provincial Patient Safety & Quality Officer since the Council’s creation in 2008. In 2017, he was also appointed as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Interior Health Authority.
Doug retired from clinical practice in 2017 after a three-decade career as a paediatric neurosurgeon at BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children in Vancouver, and the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) in Toronto. During that time, he served in numerous leadership roles supporting BC Children’s Hospital, the Children’s and Women’s Health Centre, the Provincial Health Services Authority and Sick Kids. He chaired the BC Patient Safety Task Force from its inception in 2003 to the creation of BCPSQC and was past Chair of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.
A passionate teacher, Doug was appointed Professor Emeritus by the University of British Columbia’s Department of Surgery in 2016. He continues to serve as Faculty for the BCPSQC Quality Academy and Clinician Quality Academy programs, as well as the Sauder Physician Leadership program at the University of British Columbia.