Department Spotlight: Elizabeth Stacy


Vancouver – Diamond Health Care Centre

Elizabeth Stacy, Operations Director with the BC Emergency Medicine Network.

How long have you worked in the department or with UBC?

I started working in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC in 2004. In 2018 we moved to Washington DC for a couple of years (cut short by COVID), and when we came home, I was lucky enough to start up at UBC again in 2021.

Can you summarize what you do in the department?  

My focus is on community-engaged health research, Indigenous reconciliation work, and health education.
Currently, I am the Operations Director at the BC Emergency Medicine Network (EMN), and in my role I ensure the smooth functioning of the Network. At the EMN, we develop accessible and trusted clinical resources, support sharing of resources, tools, and advice, and advocate for emergency practitioners. We connect emergency care providers and patients across BC so they can share knowledge and support each other to deliver better care. And, among other things, we support scientific innovations and real-time virtual support programs, while providing evidence and experience-based input on policy development.

What is your favourite thing about working in the department?

I’ve really enjoyed all the opportunities to learn new things, meet new people, and work on creative and impactful programs. It’s been a pleasure to be surrounded by people with such rich experiences and expertise who mentor and support others to grow. I get to work with so many amazing people, and I’ve developed a lot of strong relationships that I really value. I also really appreciate the importance that’s placed on growth and learning through an ever-expanding suite of training, webinars, and other professional development education to allow us to keep open minds to new things.

What is one interesting fact about you that people may not know?

I was an exchange student right after high school, and had the incredible fortune to live in the Czech Republic (now Czechia) for one year. Funnily enough, my cohort was the first to be sent to that country after the fall of communism! Coming from a smaller town in BC, it was quite something to be afforded the opportunity to become very independently sufficient very quickly, learn another language and travel extensively at the ripe old age of 17.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

I love to cook and eat (I did a stagier for a few weeks to try it out in a professional kitchen!), and I love to travel. I also have a fun and very busy 10 year old and a new dog, so there’s always a lot happening in our house!

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