Gurdeep Parhar, MD

CREDENTIALS: Executive Associate Dean Faculty of Medicine, UBC
EXPERT: Occupational Medicine


Dr. Gurdeep Parhar is the Executive Associate Dean, Clinical Partnerships and Professionalism for UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Parhar has also served as Acting Associate Vice President –Equity and Inclusion for the University of British Columbia, as well as Co-Acting Head and Associate Head of the UBC Department of Family Practice. As Medical Director of CORE Occupational Health Centre, Dr. Parhar provides Independent Medical Examinations (IME) for Disability Medicine, Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE), and Cost of Future Care (CFC) assessments. As Medical Director of numerous corporations in British Columbia, Dr. Parhar provides rehabilitation consultations for injured or ill workers. Dr. Parhar was a Medical Advisor to WorkSafeBC for 5 years, and the first Medical Coordinator for the BC Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT).

Dr. Parhar teaches extensively in the areas of impairment, disability, occupational medicine and the management of motor vehicle collision injuries at the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. He developed and teaches a course on Physical Aspects of Medical Disability at Simon Fraser University in a diploma program. At the University of British Columbia, he developed and taught “Medical Aspects of Disability”, a mandatory course in the Masters of Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Program. As the Occupational Physician for the City of Vancouver, he reviewed injured and ill workers’ health in various City of Vancouver departments including Fire, Parks and Recreation, and Engineering. Dr. Parhar has served as the Occupational Physician for the Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Program at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Parhar has been Chairperson of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Medical Review Board. He is a Marine Medical Examiner certified by Transport Canada, determining fitness to work for seafarers working in the marine industry. With all of his commitments, he co-hosts a weekly television program entitled “Pearls for Success”, targeting the well-being of new Canadians.

In 2010, Dr. Parhar was awarded the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia (TLABC) President’s Award and the BC College of Family Physicians’ Teacher of the Year Award. In 2011, Dr. Parhar was awarded a UBC Killam Teaching Prize and the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine Alumnus of Distinction Award. In 2012, Dr. Parhar made the key note address to the Medical University of Vienna entitled “Diversity –Recruiting, Supporting and Promoting Excellence”. In July 2013, Dr. Parhar was invited as a visiting professor to teach Professionalism in Saigon Medical School Vietnam.


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