CFPC Announces New Director, Research

January 13, 2016

(Mississauga, ON, January 13, 2016)  The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. José Pereira to the role of Director, Research with the Academic Family Medicine Division effective March 1, 2016.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Pereira to the CFPC leadership team,” says the CFPC’s Executive Director and CEO, Francine Lemire, MD CM, CCFP, FCFP, CAE. “For 21 years, his expertise and leadership in research and academic portfolios have made significant contributions to palliative care, education and innovation across Canada and internationally. He is a proven physician leader with significant research and management experience. I am confident that he will make a strong contribution to the CFPC and its important work to advance family medicine research.”

“In his new role, Dr. Pereira will work to build the capacity for family medicine research through the College membership and the Canadian health care system,” adds Executive Director, Academic Family Medicine, Pamela Eisener-Parsche, MD, CCFP, FCFP. “Working closely with the CFPC’s Section of Researchers and its Council, he will support the continuing implementation of the strategic plan, enhance working relationships with clinical, academic, and government stakeholders, and support the CFPC as a national leader in family medicine research.”

“The CFPC has contributed to quality research initiatives and effective partnerships that have made significant advancements s to family medicine research across the country. I am very excited to now have the opportunity to take that work to the next level,” says Dr. José Pereira. “I look forward to being a part of the leadership team and the family medicine research community. Together, we will be dedicated to collaborating with the current stakeholders, engaging with more family physicians to encourage their participation in research initiatives, and enhance family medicine research that is essential to ensuring that quality health care continues to be provided for the people of Canada.”

After completing his medical degree in South Africa, Dr. Pereira emigrated to Canada in 1992. He worked as a rural general practitioner in Manitoba for three years before doing his family medicine residency and a Clinical Research Fellowship in palliative care at the University of Alberta.  In 2007, he completed a Master’s of Science in Medical Education from the University of Calgary. He has multi-lingual language skills in English, Portuguese, French and Afrikaans, and significant management experience.

Dr. Pereira is currently a Professor with the Division of Palliative Care at the University of Ottawa, and Medical Chief, Department of Palliative Medicine with Bruyère Continuing Care in Ottawa.

He has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals and more than 70 publications and books. His quality work has been acknowledged with several prestigious awards including the Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association’s Award of Excellence, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

About the College of Family Physicians of Canada

The CFPC represents more than 35,000 members across the country. It is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training and certification of family physicians. The CFPC reviews and accredits continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licencing requirements and lifelong learning interests. It also accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. The College provides quality services, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine.



Jayne Johnston
Director, Communications
College of Family Physicians of Canada
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