UW News

August 18, 2005

Strauss Lecture: Myths, realities in Canadian health care

Americans often point to the Canadian health care system to prove, or disprove, certain ideas about how our own system functions.

Dr. Richard Finley, professor and head of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of British Columbia, will speak on “The Canadian Health Care System: Myths and Realities” for the UW Department of Surgery’s 56th annual Alfred A. Strauss Lecture at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in Hogness Auditorium at the Health Sciences Center.

The lecture is open to all. Finley will talk about development and change in the system, and explore some of the myths and realities about it. He will be looking at the education of undergraduates and graduates; workforce planning; research and patient care, including access, quality of care and professional liability.

Finley earned his medical degree at the University of Western Ontario and was on the faculty there from 1979 to 1989, when he joined the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Hospital as head of the Department of Surgery. He is now a regent of the American College of Surgeons and president of both the British Columbia Surgical Society and the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgery.

As a surgeon, he specializes in minimally invasive pulmonary and esophageal surgery. He is also considered an expert in surgical education and has received a Master Teaching Award at UBC.