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Dr. Robert Woollard completed two terms as Head of the Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. He has chaired senior committees, councils and task forces for the BCMA CMA and and CFPC in the areas of medical education, environmental health and ethical relations with industry. He is currently CoPI on a large IDRC grant developing a community of practice in ecosystems health and has provided leadership in a number of major initiatives grant-funded through the Science Council of British Columbia, the Tri Council Research Fund, CIHR and a Major Collaborative Research Initiative with SSHRC.  For a diagramic representation of Dr. Woollards’ interest in the Pentagram Partnership  “Building Health Systems Based on People’s Needs” go to:

Complex adaptive systems; ecosystem approaches to health; medical education; social accountability; accreditation; primary care systems; institutional ethics; medical history

Woollard, R.F., “Riding Fletcher’s Trolley: The Unlikely Renaissance of the Generalist”, Canadian Family Physician, 36 (1990):1973-1978

Woollard, R.F., “The Two Solitudes Revisited: What Hugh MacLennan didn’t know about Canadian Medicine”, Canadian Medical Association Journal 144, no. 11 (1991): 1517-20

Woollard, R.F., “Snake Oil and Caesar Salad: the Ethics of Physician and Pharmaceutical Relationships”, Canadian Medical Association Journal 145 no. 8 (1991): 931-933

Woollard, R.F., “The C.M.A.’s MD – Drug Industry Guidelines: Offer Advice, Nothing More.” Canadian Medical Association Journal 145 no.11 (1991): 1498-99

Woollard, R.F., “Addressing the Pharmaceutical Industry’s Influence on Professional Behaviour,” A peer-reviewed commentary, Canadian Medical Association Journal 149 no.4 (1993): 403-4

Woollard, R.F., “Health and the Environment,” Canadian Medical Association Journal, 148 no.8 1342

Woollard, R.F., “Ecosystem and Population Health: The role of Canadian Physicians at Home and Abroad,” A peer-reviewed editorial. Canadian Medical Association Journal 153 no.8 (1995): 1117-1120

Woollard, R.F., “Opportunity Lost: A Frontline View of Reference-Based Pricing, Editorial for Canadian Medical Association Journal 154 no.8 (1996): 1185-88

Rishiraj N, J. Taunton, D.B. Clement, R. Lloyd-Smith, W. Regan, R.F. Woollard, “The role of Functional Knee Bracing in a Dynamic Setting,” New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine 28 no. 3 (2000):54-60.

Woollard, R.F., “AHSCs: The Complex Simplicity of Service, Commentary, HealthcarePapers, 2, no. 1, (2002): 90-95

Jennett, P., A. Jackson, T. Healy, K. Ho, A. Kazanjian, R.F. Woollard, S. Haydt, J. Gates, “A Study of a Rural Community’s Readiness for Telehealth,” Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare 9 no.5 (2003): 259-63

Parboosingh, J. “Medical Schools’ Social Contract: more than just Education and Research,” for the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges’ Working Group on Social Accountability, R.F. Woollard, Chair, Canadian Medical Association Journal 168 no. 7 (2003): 852-53

Jennett, P., J. Bates, T. Healy, K. Ho, A. Kazanjian, R.Woollard, A. Jackson, & S. Haydt, “A Readiness Model for Telehealth: Is it Possible to Pre-determine how Prepared Communities are to Implement Telehealth?” in Integration of Health Telematics into Medical Practice, edited by Nerlich, M., & U. Schaechinger, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics 97 51-55 IOS Press, The Netherlands, 2003.

Jennett P, Bates J, Hailey T, Ho K, Kazanjian A, Woollard R, Jackson A, “The Essence of Telehealth Readiness in Rural Communities: Organizational Perspectives”, Telemedicine Journal volume 11, no. 2 (2005): 137-145

Woollard, R.F., “New School:  Innovations in medical faculties will teach students to focus on the overall health of society and the environment,” Alternatives Journal 3:13 (2005): 18-19.

Woollard, R.F., “Caring for a common future:  medical schools’ social accountability,” Medical Education 2006: 40: 301-313

Abizadeh, J., Ho, K., Jarvis-Selinger, S., Stacy, E., Vergel de Dios, C., Woollard, R.F., “Social Accountability in Action: University-community collaboration in the development of an interprofessional aboriginal health elective”. Journal of Interprofessional  Care, 2008.

Ho K, Buote D, Jarvis-Selinger S, Lauscher HN, Ferdinands L, Parboosingh J, Maskill S, Woollard R. “Achieving social accountability through interprofessional collaboration: the Canadian medical schools experience.”, J Interprof Care. 2008;22 Suppl 1:4-14.

Stacy, E., Liman, Y., Kelly, L., Walker, L., Andrew, J., Lauscher, H.N., Woollard, R.F., Jarvis-Selinger, S., Ho, K., Williams, C., Chapman, R. “Aboriginal Community Engagement in Health Professional Education:  Experiences of Collaboration in the Co-development and Implementation of a Community-based Service-learning Course”.  Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, Submitted.   Woollard R and Boelen C Social accountability and accreditation: a new frontier for educational institutions Medical Education 2009: 43: 887-894

Woollard, R.F. Continuing medical education in the 21st century Editorial BMJ Published 22 August 2008, doi:10.1136/bmj.a119Cite this as: BMJ 2008; 337:a119

Rishiraj, N., Taunton, J., Niven, B., Lloyd-Smith, R., Regan, W., Woollard, R.F. “Performance of healthy   braced subjects during aerobic and anaerobic capacity tasks”.  Journal of Athletic Training.  Accepted, 2009.

Rishiraj N, Taunton JE, Lloyd-Smith R, Woollard R, Regan W, Clement DB. “The potential role of prophylactic/functional knee bracing in preventing knee ligament injury.”, Sports Med. 2009;39(11):937-60.

Boelen, C. and Woollard, R.F. Responsabilidad social y excelencia. Educ. méd. 2009, vol.12, n.4, pp. 199-205.Woollard, B. “Many birds with one stone: opportunities in distributed education.”, Med Educ. 2010 Mar; 44(3):222-4.

Ogle KD, Boule R, Boyd RJ, Brown G, Cervin C, Dawes M, Freeman T, Giroux M, Lehmann F, Lemelin J, Lortie G, Maclean C, Miller R, Price D, Smith P, Spooner GR, Wilson L, Woollard R. “Family Medicine in 2018.”, Can Fam Physician. 2010 Apr; 56(4):313-5, 316-9.

Neetu Rishiraj, Jack Taunton, Brian Niven, Robert Lloyd-Smith, William Regan, and Robert Woollard. “Effect of functional knee brace use on acceleration, agility, leg power, and speed performance in healthy athletes”, accepted for publication by British Journal of Sports Medicine

Shafik Dharamsi, Matt Whiteman, Robert Woollard. “The use of Cynical Humour by Medical Staff: Implications on Professionalism and the Development of Humanistic Qulaities in Medicine”, Education for Health, Volume 23, Issue 3, 2010

Yassi A, Dharamsi S, Spiegel J, Rojas A, Dean E, Woollard R (2010). “The good, the bad and the ugly of partnered   research:  Revisiting the sequestration thesis and the role of universities in promoting social justice.” International Journal of Health Services 40(3): 485-505.

Jena C. Webb, PhD, Donna Mergler, PhD, Margot W. Parkes, MBChB, PhD, Johanne Saint-Charles, PhD, Jerry Spiegel, PhD, David Waltner-Toews, BA, DVM, PhD, Annalee Yassi, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Robert F. Woollard, MD. “Tools for Thoughtful Action: The Role of Ecosystem Approaches to Health in Enhancing Public Health”, Canadian Journal of Public Health, November 2010

Rishiraj N, Taunton JE, Lloyd-Smith R, Niven B, Regan W, Woollard R. “Functional knee brace use by non-injured subjects while performing an anaerobic capacity task: preliminary study.”, J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2010 Dec; 50(4):422-7.

Boelen C, and Woollard R. “Consenso Global sobre la Responsabilidad Social de las Facultades de Medicina.”, Educ Med 2011; 14(1): 7-14.

Grzybowski S, Kilpatrick N, Kornelsen J, Prinsloo L, Woollard R. “Professional isolation in small rural surgical programs: the need for a virtual department of operative care.”, Can J Rural Med 2011; 16(3), 103-105.

Boelen C, and Woollard R. “Social accountability: The extra leap to excellence for educational institutions”, Medical Teacher 2011; 33: 614–619.

Woollard R. “Ecosystems and Privilege: The Social Responsibility of Advantaged Institutions and People”, Submitted for special issue of Ecohealth.

Dharamsi S, Ho A, Spadafora SM, Woollard R. “The Physician as Health Advocate: Translating the quest for social responsibility into medical education and practice”,  Academic Medicine, Vol. 86, No. 9 / Sept 2011.

Woollard B, and Boelen C. “Seeking impact of medical schools on health: meeting the challenges of social accountability.” Medical Education (2012) 46(1): 21-27.

Rishiraj N, Taunton J, Lloyd-Smith R, Regan W, Niven B, and Woollard R. “Functional knee brace use effect on peak vertical ground reaction forces during drop jump landing.” Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Volume 20, Issue 12 (2012), Page 2405-2412.

Blashki G, Abelsohn A, Woollard R, Arya N, Parkes M, Kendall P, et al. General Practitioners’ responses to global climate change – lessons from clinical experience and the clinical method. Asia Pacific Family Medicine, Vol. 11, No. 6, 2012

Galukande M, Opio K, Nakasujja N, Buwembo W, Kijjambu S C, Dharamsi S, Luboga S, Sewankambo N K, Woollard R. “Accreditation in a Sub Saharan Medical School an Approach to Education at Makerere University: a case study.”  BMC Medical Education. 2013, 13:73.

Atkins CGK, Brownell K, Kornelsen J, Woollard R, and Whiteley A. “Silos of Silence, Stress, and Suffering: Patient and Physician Experiences of MUPS and Diagnostic Uncertainty.” AJOB Neuroscience, Volume 4, Issue 3, 2013; Special Issue: Brain Matters 3 Conference: Values at the Crossroads of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Psychology, pp. 3-8.

Blashki G, Abelsohn A, Woollard R, Arya N, Parkes MW, Kendal P, Bell E, Bell RW. “General Practitioners’ Responses to Global Climate Change – Lessons from Clinical Experience and the Clinical Method.” Chinese General Practice, 2013 Issue 10, pp. 1079-1084. (Mandarin translation.)

Woollard R (2014). “From the village to the globe: The social accountability of rural health Practitioners.” In Chater AB, Rourke J, Couper ID, Strasser RP, Reid S (eds.) WONCA Rural Medical Education Guidebook. World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA): WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice.

Martin D, Pollack K, Woollard R (2014). “What would an Ian McWhinney health care system look like?” Canada Family Physician, vol. 60 no.1, 17-19.

Shafik Dharamsi , Robert Woollard , Paul Kendal , Isaac Okullo , Andrew J. Macnab , (2014) “Health promoting schools as learning sites for physicians in-training”, Health Education, Vol. 114 Iss: 3, pp.186 – 196

Caron N, Iglesias S, Friesen R, Berjat V, Humber N, Falk R, Prins M, Vogt Haines V, Geller B, Janke F, Woollard R, Batchelor B, Van Bussel J. A proposal for the curriculum and evaluation for training rural family physicians in enhanced surgical skills. Can J Surg. 2015 Dec;58(6):419-22.

Iglesias S, Kornelsen J, Woollard R, Caron N, Warnock G, Friesen R, Miles P, Vogt Haines V, Batchelor B, Blake J, Mazowita G, Wyman R, Geller B, de Klerk B. Joint position paper on rural surgery and operative delivery. Can J Rural Med. 2015 Fall;20(4):129-38.

Iglesias S, Kornelsen J, Woollard R, MacLellan K. Rural surgery networks: need for a home. Can J Rural Med. 2015 Fall;20(4):111-3.

Ponka D, Rouleau K, Arya N, Redwood-Campbell L, Woollard R, Siedlecki B, Dunikowski L. Developing the evidentiary basis for family medicine in the global context: The Besrour Papers: a series on the state of family medicine in the world. Can Fam Physician. 2015 Jul;61(7):596-600.

Ramsden VR, Pimlott N, Woollard R, Kvern B, Handford C, Dunikowski, L, Gagnon S, Hoffart K, Ladouceur R, Lambert Y. Becoming a peer reviewer: Engaging in sharing and gaining knowledge. Can Fam Physician. 2014 Dec:60(12);1158-1160.

Buchman S, Woollard R, Meili R, Goel R. Practising social accountability: From theory to action. Can Fam Physician. 2016 Jan;62(1):15-8.

Kornelsen J, Iglesias S, Woollard R. Sustaining rural maternity and surgical care: Lessons learned. Can Fam Physician. 2016 Jan;62(1):21-3.

Kornelsen J, Atkins C, Brownell K, Woollard R. The Meaning of Patient Experiences of Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms. Qual Health Res. 2016 Feb;2(3):367-76.

Kornelsen J, Iglesias S, Woollard R. Rural Perinatal Surgical Services: Time for an Alliance Between Providers. JOGC. 2016;38(2):179-181.

Goel R, Buchman S, Meili R, Woollard R. Social accountability at the micro level: One patient at a time. Can Fam Physician. 2016 Apr;62(4):287-90.

Woollard R, Buchman S, Meili R, Strasser R, Alexander I, Goel R. Social accountability at the meso level: Into the community. Can Fam Physician. 2016 Jul;62(7):538-40

Meili R, Buchman S, Goel R, Woollard R. Social accountability at the macro level: Framing the big picture. Can Fam Physician. 2016 Oct;62(10):785-788.

Boelen C, Pearson D, Kaufman A, Rourke J, Woollard R, Marsh DC, Gibbs T. Producing a socially accountable medical school: AMEE Guide No. 109. Medical Teacher. 2016;38(11):1078-1091.

Gibson C, Arya N, Ponka D, Rouleau K, Woollard R. Approaching a global definition of family medicine: The Besrour Papers: a series on the state of family medicine in the world. Can Fam Physician. 2016 Nov;62(11):891-896.

Brownell AKW, Atkins C, Whiteley A, Woollard RF, Kornelsen J. Clinical practitioners’ views on the management of patients with medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS): a qualitative study. BMJ Open 2016;6:e012379. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012379