Academic Team

Chair, Dr. Jonathon Leipsic, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., M.S.C.C.T

Dr. Leipsic is Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology and Professor of Cardiology with the University of British Columbia. He has served as the Regional Department Head of Medical Imaging of the Department of Radiology for Providence Health Care, Vancouver Coastal Health for the last 5 years. Dr. Leipsic is also a Canada Research Chair in Advanced Cardiopulmonary Imaging. Dr. Leipsic has over 650 peer reviewed manuscripts in press or in print, over 300 scientific abstracts, and editor of 2 textbooks. He speaks internationally on a number of cardiopulmonary imaging topics with over 150 invited lectures in the last 4 years. He is Deputy Editor of Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging and is Associate Editor for JACC CVI, Radiology, JCCT and Structural Heart.  He is also past President of the Society of Cardiovascular CT (2015-2016) and was awarded its Gold Medal in 2019 and was recently named to the prestigious Top 1% most impactful scientist designation by the Web of Science for 3 years in a row from 2019-2021.


Vice-Chair, Undergraduate Education and Continuing Professional Development, Dr. Savvas Nicolaou

savvasDr. Nicolaou is Professor of Radiology, Vice-Chair of the Undergraduate Education and Continuing Professional Development for the UBC Department of Radiology, Head of the General Division of the Department of Radiology and the Director of Emergency/Trauma Radiology at Vancouver General Hospital. Dr. Nicolaou’s 14 year career at VGH and his passion for teaching have been recognized with numerous awards including the Bobby Miller Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011, the UBC Medical Undergraduate Society Teaching Excellence Award in 2010 and 2011, the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Award for UBC in 2008 and 2010, and the UBC Clinical Skills Teaching Merit of Excellence in 2007, as well as a Certificate of Merit from the American Roentgen Ray Society in 2011 and two from the Radiological Society of North America in 2010. He has authored over 80 peer-reviewed scientific publications and over 90 educational exhibits. He is one of Canada’s most experienced educators in Emergency Radiology, and his lectures locally, nationally and internationally accordingly reflect his dedication, expertise and outstanding collaborative skills.



Vice-Chair Medical Informatics, Dr. Timothy O’Connell


Dr. O’Connell is Clinical Assistant Professor, and works at a number of hospitals in Vancouver.  He completed his MD at the University of Toronto, his residency at UBC, and his fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  Before entering medicine, he obtained an M.Eng in network engineering and worked as a network engineer at Nortel Networks and Bell Canada.  He has designed and implemented numerous software packages at various hospitals to improve patient safety and workflow management.




Vice-Chair Quality, Dr. Gerald Legiehn

Dr. Legiehn is Clinical Associate Professor, and an Interventional Radiologist, with a special interest in diagnosis and treatment of vascular malformations, at VGH.  He completed his MD at University of Manitoba, and his residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. He has been the Quality and Safety Officer at VGH for four years, during which time he completely overhauled several quality programs, in particular the Morbidity and Mortality Rounds, the latter of which have become a model of success.