Dr. Brian Conway
Dr. Brian Conway’s passion and dedication to the medical profession has led him to significantly change the cascade of care for British Columbians. He has effectively ameliorated healthcare for Francophone and HIV/ HCV affected communities in British Columbia. To serve his lifelong commitment to healthcare, he has not only been a physician, but also a conscientious researcher in the field of HCV and HIV. His leadership at VIDC has led to monumental steps in bridging the gap between academic and scientific advancements in the medical field and the needs of patient communities. Through partnerships with pharmaceutical companies and national research institutions, he has created a centre that provides novel treatments and a welcoming space where vulnerable individuals can find care.
His work has evolved over the years to match the ever-changing landscapes of infectious diseases – from a focus on clinical retrovirology at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, to his current efforts in reaching the vulnerable and marginalized populations affected by HIV and HCV in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side (DTES) through weekly VIDC’s Community Pop-Up Clinics. Through these clinics, thousands of people have been tested and approximately one-third of them have been identified with HCV and/or HIV. Subsequently, these individuals have been successfully engaged into care through Dr. Conway’s innovative EnTEnTE program, which stands for: Engage, Test, Engage, Treat, Engage.
Dr. Conway’s efforts in the advancement of healthcare have been awarded with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal of Recognition for significant contribution to the field of HIV/AIDS and vulnerable populations in Canada. He has been recognized extensively in communities, research fields and various political platforms.
“Why be ordinary when you can be excellent”
– Dr. Brian Conway