RHSRNbc Team

Stefan Grzybowski, MD

RHSRNbc Director

Dr. Stefan Grzybowski is a family physician-researcher and co-principal investigator of the Rural Maternity Care Research Program, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Prior to moving to UBC, he practiced as a family physician for twelve years on the Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii. Dr. Grzybowski’s focus has been on advancing the rural maternity care research agenda in order to better understand the needs of parturient women and their families, care providers and policymakers. Current funded studies include determining the costs associated with different levels of maternity services in rural BC and comparing selected population-based maternity and newborn outcomes by residence stratified across service levels in 3 Canadian provinces using a parallel research strategy. Dr. Grzybowski is a Senior Scholar with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC, co-director of the Centre for Rural Health Research, and director of the Rural Health Services Research Network of BC.



Arlin Cherian

Research Network Coordinator

Arlin Cherian obtained her Master of Public Health degree from the University of British Columbia. Her undergrad degree was in Bachelor of Nutritional Sciences with a major in Global Nutrition from McGill University in Montreal. Her research experiences are in the field of perinatal epidemiology and maternal health and nutrition. In the past, she has worked with UNICEF in the Pacific Islands, The Centre for Global Child Health at Sick kids hospital in Toronto and in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at UBC. She joined RHSRNbc in March 2020.



Sila Rogan

RHSRNbc Student Assistant

Sila Rogan is an undergraduate student studying Genetics and Physiology at UBC. She is passionate about health equity and the impacts of climate change on rural, Indigenous, and youth populations. She strives to use her love of health science to improve the lives of others and currently serves as a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council and as a Board Member at Large for the Canadian Society of Circumpolar Health.




Diane Kim

RHSRNbc Student Assistant

Diane Kim is a Research Assistant for the Rural Health Services Research Network of BC. She is completing her BSc. in Neuroscience at UBC. Her interest focuses on developing effective strategies to improve health care quality and access for rural communities in BC, especially in the context of cancer treatment. Outside of rural health, she is involved in cancer education and awareness on campus.