Dr. John Gilbert is founding Principal & Professor Emeritus, College of Health Disciplines, University of British Columbia where he was also founding Director of the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, and Director of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences.
His many honours include a Fulbright Scholarship; Medical Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Scholarship; the Outstanding Alumnus Award of the School of Liberal Arts, Purdue University; a UBC Isaac Killam-Walton Outstanding Teaching Award; The Distinguished Service Award of the British Columbia Institute of Technology; and the National Health Sciences Student’s Interprofessional Mentorship Award. This award is now named in honour of Dr. Gilbert.
Throughout his long career, John has served on many national and international committees and Boards. He currently serves on the School of Health Sciences Advisory Committee of the Justice Institute of BC, and is appointed by the Minister of Health of British Columbia to serve on British Columbia’s Patient Care Quality Review Board. He is a Global Consultant to the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
John is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Interprofessional Care, and Co-Editor of the open access Journal of Research in Interprofessional Education. He is Senior Scholar, WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research, Dalhousie University; Visiting Professor at the National University of Malaysia; Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University, and Adjunct Professor, the University of Pittsburgh. He was Co-Chair of the WHO Study Group on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice. His is International Advisor to Hospitals Without Boundaries.
John was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2009 and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, (Canada’s highest civilian award) in July 2011 for his leadership in the development of interprofessional education as a central tenet in team-based collaborative patient-centered practice and care, nationally and globally. He was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in April 2012, and in October 2013 received the Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to International Allied Health Development Award from the International Chief Health Professions Officers Organization.