Board of Directors
IPTN’s Board of Directors is a group of passionate and experienced volunteers who share an interest in transforming healthcare.
Diversity and inclusivity are a valued part of the IPTN’s culture. If you know someone who would be a great fit with our organization and interested in serving on our Board of Directors, please introduce us.
Jim Johnson PhD
Dr. Johnson is a Full Professor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He is a member of the Life Sciences Institute Diabetes Research Group, consisting of 8 laboratories and >70 staff/trainees. His research group at UBC studies the pathophysiology and signalling mechanisms underlying diabetes, obesity, longevity, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and pancreatic cancer. He is editor-in-Chief of Islets and has served on the Editorial Boards of Diabetes and of Endocrinology. He was inaugural Site Head of Novo-Nordisk Research Centre Oxford, a $200M academic-industry partnership, as well as Vice President and a member of the Global Research Board at Novo-Nordisk A/S.
Brendan Byrne MD
Dr Byrne has been a physician and digital pioneer for the past 25 years. Trained at Yale and McGill, he has had a parallel career as an entrepreneur. From his original practice in New Westminster, Brendan created electronic medical record software and built a business that eventually was acquired by TELUS Health and currently serves over 50% of Canadian physicians. From 2015 to 2018, he served as the Chief Innovation Officer for TELUS Health. In addition to the IPTN board, he also sits on the board of the BC
Academic Health Sciences Network.
Bill’s experience and perspective has evolved from his many years of public service in both the health and education sectors of British Columbia, including a broad range of responsibilities, complexities and projects. After 29 years in health care, encompassing both clinical practice and senior leadership, he migrated from a role as Regional Director for Radiology in Fraser Health, to enter the world of academia with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). An intentional move to provide leadership to the future direction of health education in BC. Through the 10 years with BCIT that goal was achieved through roles including Dean of Health Sciences, Vice President Academic and Associate Vice President of Student Services.
Senior healthcare technology advisor and former global GE Healthcare executive, Sia has 25+ years of experience facilitating change and leading cross-functional teams to deliver patient-centric, and tech enabled solutions in collaboration with clinical staff and physicians. He is skilled in organizational alignment and management operating systems while developing talent and succession.
Sunita Vohra, MD
Dr. Vohra is a physician and clinician scientist at the University of Alberta. With training in pediatrics, clinical pharmacology, and clinical epidemiology, her primary research interest is enhancing clinical research methods, including: i) innovative clinical trial design; ii) active surveillance in safety research; and iii) improved outcomes reporting. Most often, she has applied this interest to advance knowledge regarding patient use of complementary therapies. She believes that nutrition plays an essential role in health and in empowering people to make evidence-informed choices.