Finishing at the top of her class, in 1997 Nadine Caron became the first Indigenous woman to graduate from the UBC Faculty of Medicine, at the top of her class, and was named one of Macleans’ “100 Canadians to Watch.” While completing her surgical residency at the University of California San Francisco, she completed her Masters of Public Health at Harvard. After completing further training at Harvard and, she recognized that her heart – and research interests – lay in Canada. She returned to BC, where she now holds the positions of General and Endocrine surgeon at the University Hospital of Northern BC, Assistant Professor in UBC’s Northern Medical Program, and is an associate faculty member at John Hopkins Centre for American Indian Health. She was recently appointed Co-Director of the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health which opened its doors on January 1, 2014 and is housed within the School of Population and Public Health.

She is passionate about health policy and has served on many committees to help shape Canada’s health agenda, including the BC and Canadian medical associations and the BC health ministry. She is internationally renowned for her advocacy work to address the special health needs and disparities of rural, remote, northern and Aboriginal communities. Through role-modeling and public speaking, she encourages First Nations youth to share her love of learning and further their education – an extraordinary legacy indeed.