Stefan Grzybowski, MD

RHSRNbc Director

Dr. 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.


Nisrine El Amiri, MPH

RHSRNbc Coordinator

Nisrine El Amiri obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University in Montreal and her Master of Public Health degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She has also completed the Canadian Disaster and Humanitarian Response Training Program as well as training by the United Nations, Medecins Sans Frontieres and other agencies. Nisrine was previously employed by the BC Center for Disease Control and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Passionate about improving access to healthcare for communities in rural and remote regions and supporting rural health services researchers, Nisrine joined RHSRNbc in May 2017 as the Research Network Coordinator.


Nicole Liang

RHSRNbc Student Assistant

Nicole is an undergraduate student at UBC who joined the RHSRNbc in May 2016. As part of the Network, she is excited to witness the collaborations and engagement between rural health services researchers. She is particularly interested in rural mental health services and how to break down barriers of access to care, issues that she witnesses as a crisis line volunteer. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys reading, photography, and weightlifting.