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Veronic Clair

Dr. Veronic Clair is a physician epidemiologist at BCCDC.


Dr. Clair is a specialist in public health and preventive medicine. Her main career focus has been to improve the health of vulnerable populations. 

In conjunction with her global health research, Dr. Clair worked as an addiction medicine consultant in Vancouver until she joined BCCDC to support the COVID-19 pandemic response.


Dr. Clair obtained a master's in health administration (MHA) in 1999, and a doctor of medicine (MD) in 2001, both from Montreal University. She completed a joint residency in rural family practice and public health and preventive at UBC, graduating respectively in 2003 and 2006. She obtained her PhD from the School of Population and Public Health at UBC in 2014.

Since graduating from the UBC Rural Family Practice program in 2003, she has practiced as a family physician, serving vulnerable patients in Vancouver and around the world. After graduating from UBC again 2006, she went on to serve as Medical Health Officer for the city of Surrey. She has led several initiatives to improve access to primary care for those with mental health conditions, addiction, HIV or hepatitis, and to address health determinants and chronic diseases, as well as obesity and physical inactivity. She spearheaded the creation of a public health observatory in Fraser Health. In 2010, she became Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer for Fraser Health. 

In 2012, she received a $1.2 million research grant, as co-principal investigator, from Grand Challenges Canada, for a project that investigated the ability of blended eLearning to improve substance use screening, brief intervention and treatment in Kenya.

She held an IMPART clinician scholar award for 2014, a Canadian Addiction Medicine Research Fellowship with the Urban Health Research Initiative of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS in 2015-16, and a postdoctoral fellow award starting in 2016. 


  • For a list of Dr. Clair's publications, please see PubMed.

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