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.
After graduating from the UBC rural family practice program in 2003, she has practiced as a family physician, serving very vulnerable patients in Vancouver and around the world. Dr. Clair was awarded the 2009 Canadian College of Family Physician national early career award for her dedication, innovation, and leadership in her first five years in practice.
Dr. Clair graduated from the public health and preventive medicine specialty in 2006, and became the Medical Health Officer for the city of Surrey. As part of her public health and preventive medicine practice, she has led the creation of several initiatives to improve access to primary care for those with mental health, addiction, HIV or hepatitis, 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. She left Fraser Health in 2012, when she received a 1.2 million dollars research grant, as co-principal investigator, from Grand Challenges Canada. The focus of that project was to investigate 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 post-doctoral fellow award starting in 2016.
In conjunction to her global health research, she worked as an addiction medicine consultant in Vancouver until she joined BC CDC to support the pandemic response.
Dr. Clair obtained a Master in Health Administration with honor in 1999, and as a Medical Doctor in 2001, both from Montreal University in 2001. 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.
- For a list of publications, see PubMed.