Dr. Paul Thiessen


I obtained my undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Alberta, and completed my pediatric training at UBC in Vancouver and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

I have a strong interest in children with special needs, and have served as the Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Clinic at BC Children’s Hospital which provides coordinated multidisciplinary care for children with spina bifida and spinal cord injuries for over 20 years. I have a longstanding involvement in the care of newborns, and was the Medical Director of the Intermediate Nursery at BC Women’s Hospital from 1996 to 2012. I am keenly interested in medical education, and am a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the UBC Department of Pediatrics. I have been heavily involved with the education activities of the Canadian Pediatric Society for many years, and am currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors.

In my leisure time I enjoy racquet sports (especially squash), hiking and swimming. I love foreign films and reading, and am a founding member of a men’s book club which has been extant for the past 18 years. I have a strong interest in art and music – especially choral works of the renaissance and baroque era, chamber music and the blues. I am married and have 3 married children and 4 grandchildren

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I have a keen interest in International Health, and have relished the challenge of volunteer medical projects in Honduras, Ecuador, India, Ukraine and Uganda.