Kendall Ho, MD
Director, UBC eHealth Strategy Office
Associate Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Kendall Ho is a practicing emergency medicine specialist and the founding Director of the eHealth Strategy Office at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Ho was the immediate past Associate Dean of the Division of Continuing Professional Development and Knowledge Translation (UBC CPD-KT) up until February 2008, when CPD-KT was transitioned into two units: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and the eHealth Strategy Office (eHealth). Kendall is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Professional Development Committee and a collaborator with the World Health Organization eHealth Observatory. He is the executive director of the Technology Enabled Knowledge Translation Investigative Centre (TEKTIC) interdisciplinary research team in BC and the Vice President of the International Association of Humanitarian Medicine.
Dr. Ho’s academic and research interests fall into the domain of technology enabled knowledge translation (TEKT) – the use of information technologies to accelerate the incorporation of latest health evidence into routine practice. Specific directions within TEKT include telehealth, information and communication technologies (ICT) and patient safety, ICT and public engagement, and evidence based policy translation in eHealth. He is a recipient of a number of provincial, national, and international research grants in eHealth and eLearning, and has published related papers and textbook chapters in these subjects.
Barbara Ho, RN
Health Director, iCON Chinese Division
Barbara Ho graduated from Nursing in 1982 and has since been practicing as a Registered Nurse in BC in a variety of acute care positions. She currently works part-time as an Endoscopy nurse at GI Research Institute (Pacific Gastroenterology Associates) & a general duty nurse at the Eye Clinic (St. Paul’s Hospital).
Barbara has been involved in many different kinds of volunteer work - especially those related to music. She has served as a member of the Parish Education Committee and Parent Teacher Association Chairperson at St. Francis Xavier School from 2002 to 2006. She is also a former Director of the Vancouver Chinese Choir Association. Her personal interests include singing, listening to music, reading and traveling. Through iCON activities, Barbara is hoping to continue her work in patient education to provide reliable and relevant health information to citizens and to promote communication between community members and health professionals.
Gulzar Cheema, MD
Medical Director, iCON South Asian Division
Dr. Cheema has a family practice in Surrey, is a clinical instructor for the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and hosts a regular health program for public awareness on OMNI Diversity Television and Sher-E-Punjab radio station 1550AM. In May 2001, he was elected to the B.C. Legislature to represent the riding of Surrey-Panorama Ridge. In this position he was a member of the Executive Council as Minister of State for Mental Health and later as Minister of State for Immigration and Multicultural Services. Dr. Cheema has also held a five year position as a member of the Legislative Assembly in Manitoba as a critic for health, labour, housing, native affairs, sport and co-operatives, and consumer and corporate affairs.
Sophia Khan, BA
iCON Project Manager
Sophia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She has over seven years of work experience in the non- profit sector in the area of community outreach and development, with a focus on underserved populations.
Her academic interests include participatory community-based health research, program evaluation, and health promotion in immigrant communities. She is also interested in the impact of knowledge transfer and exchange through academic and community partnerships in improving overall health outcomes in multicultural populations.