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 policy makers. 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

RHSRNbc 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.


Urvee Karve

RHSRNbc Student Assistant

Urvee Karve is an undergraduate student at UBC majoring in Geography (Environment and Sustainability). She is really interested in contributing to the new GIS project to build catchment maps for rural BC and how this could better rural health. Since she is passionate about sustainability she wants to help better the quality of life in rural BC by understanding more about rural health and the availability of high quality facilities, as well as their sphere of influence.. Other than her passion for Geography, she enjoys volunteering at BC SPCA (animal shelter), hiking, painting and dancing.




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.