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.



Evonne Tran

RHSRNbc Coordinator

Evonne Tran obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Global Health and Nutrition from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She has volunteered in Community Development in Vietnam and done research abroad in Bogor, Indonesia looking at the sustainability and barriers of a rice strain (i.e., IPBS3) for smallholder rice farmers. Evonne was previously involved with the Centre for Rural Health Research as a Communications Assistant where her passion is in Health Communications and digital media. Evonne joined RHSRNbc in October 2018 as the Research Coordinator.




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.