Dr. Roger Wong

Executive Associate Dean, Education, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Dr. Roger Wong is a Clinical Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine in the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Medicine and is a Consultant Physician of the Geriatric Consultation Program at the Vancouver General Hospital. He is the Executive Associate Dean (Education) in the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Wong received his M.D. degree with Honours in Research from the University of Alberta and
completed his postgraduate and fellowship training there. Dr. Wong was elected to the Fellowship of
the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, one of the highest honours in the health sciences field in
Canada. Nationally, he is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Geriatric Medicine and Internal Medicine Examination Boards, and internationally, he was elected to the Fellowship of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Wong has received a number of prestigious awards in recognition of his exceptional national
leadership in the field of seniors’ health care, including the 2019 Ronald Cape Distinguished Service
Award, which recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the health care of
older adults in Canada and is the highest honour given by the Canadian Geriatrics Society. He is also
awarded the Lions Club International Medal of Merit, the highest honour that the Lions present to nonmembers, as a special recognition for his outstanding community contribution in seniors care and
medical education. He has received a number of Awards of Appreciation from the Alzheimer Society of
British Columbia to recognize his advocacy work in the community. He has also received numerous
medical education awards, including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Donald
Richards Wilson Award, UBC Killam Teaching Prize, UBC Faculty of Medicine Clinical Faculty Award for Career Excellence in Clinical Teaching, and UBC Department of Medicine Master Teacher Award.

Dr. Wong works tirelessly to advance academic and clinical health sciences related to geriatrics, and his work has made significant impact on the care for older people in Canada and the world. He was the 13th President of the Canadian Geriatrics Society and founded the state-of-the-art Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit in Vancouver, which has been implemented nationally and internationally. His clinical research focuses on hospital medicine in vulnerable older adults, including quality improvement in acute care geriatrics. Dr. Wong has made significant contributions in showcasing Canadian geriatrics around the world, culminating in his selection as the 2017 Trevor Howell Guest Lecturer in London, a prestigious honour bestowed by the British Geriatrics Society for an eminent physician or scientist with an international reputation. In 2019, Dr. Wong received the International Visiting Professor Medal from the Australia and New Zealand Society of Geriatric Medicine, the first Canadian who has received this highest honour awarded by the Society to an international scientist in geriatrics.

Dr. Wong has published and lectured extensively on geriatric medicine and medical education. He is also a TEDx Speaker, and his TEDx Talk has been viewed by international audiences around the world.