Congratulations to Dr. Michael Ertel to the role of Vice President, Medicine & Quality effective immediately. Dr. Ertel (Mike) is a practicing emergency physician at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) and has been a highly respected member of the Interior Health medical community for more than 20 years. As a highly regarded speaker in Emergency Medicine, Mike brings energy, passion, and a track record for engaging and leading physicians to his new role.
Mike was awarded the position of Executive Medical Director for IH Central and South Okanagan last July, and was previously the KGH Chief of Staff from 2012 through 2016, the KGH Emergency Department Head from 2007 through 2011, and the IH Medical Director for Emergency Services. He has extensive clinical and leadership experience, spanning tertiary care through to rural family practice. Mike has been involved in clinical research, is a founding member of the IH Research Ethics Board, and has teaching experience with the UBC Southern Medical Program.