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.



Elyse Tsang

RHSRNbc Student Assistant

Elyse Tsang is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Physiology and Immunology at UBC. Her experience working with rural families in Guatemala has fueled her passion for advancing health equity through research, education, and community engagement. She currently volunteers with several health-related non-profit organizations and aspires to make a positive impact on eliminating global health disparities.





Maya Venkataraman

RHSRNbc FLEX student

Maya is a first-year Medical Student at UBC. She completed her Bachelors of Medical Sciences Honours degree at Dalhousie University. She is passionate about physical activity, connecting with nature, and spends a lot of time outdoors running, mountain biking, and camping. She was involved with a Quality Improvement project that aimed to provide online resources to patients in remote locations preparing for surgery. She is now focusing her research on policies and actions which affect the environment in which rural populations live.




Luke Barbour

RHSRNbc FLEX student

Luke is a first-year medical student at UBC. He grew up in Nanaimo, B.C., where he attended Vancouver Island
University and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology and analytical chemistry. Though he has spent most of his life on Vancouver Island, he has spent some time living in rural B.C. and Nova Scotia. Luke is passionate about climate change and living a sustainable life. He likes to be active in his community and has spent many years volunteering at youth groups, food banks, and crisis lines. On a personal note, Luke likes to read, run, hike, and spend as much time with his family as he can.