Director’s Message


Dr. Antony J Hodgson, Director
Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering

It’s an exciting time to be a Biomedical Engineer!

According to the Wellcome Trust in the UK, biomedical engineering is now the fastest growing area of engineering, a view echoed by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, which projects that jobs in this field will increase by over 70% this decade.

While that’s good news, the best reason for becoming a biomedical engineer is that the work is intellectually challenging and personally rewarding because of the significant impact that new medical devices and technologies can have on people’s lives.  Good biomedical engineers require training that is both broad and deep because they need both technical expertise in engineering and a wide appreciation and generous understanding of the many disciplines with whom they have to collaborate (e.g., medicine, nursing, allied health professions, statistics, dentistry, pharmaceutical sciences, computer science, health policy and others).

As one of Canada’s top universities and home to one of the largest medical schools in North America, UBC offers some extraordinary opportunities to work at the leading edge of biomedical engineering research.  From surgical robots to microelectromechanical devices for cell sorting, from advanced 3D imaging techniques to biomimetic implant coatings, engineers from all disciplines are working together with clinicians and many others to move today’s lab-based research to tomorrow’s patient bedsides.

The UBC Biomedical Engineering program involves a wide network of participating institutions, including UBC, Vancouver General Hospital, BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital, St. Paul’s Hospital, the GF Strong Rehabilitation Hospital, the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, the Prostate Centre, the BC Cancer Agency and many others.  We are also connected to the community of local medical technology companies through BC Life Sciences and the Medical Device Development Centre near VGH.

I am pleased to invite you to use this website to learn more about the fascinating field of biomedical engineering at UBC and to consider joining us as a student, faculty member, collaborator or supporter.

As the director of the graduate program in Biomedical Engineering at UBC, I look forward to working with you as we continue to grow in the coming years.

Dr. Antony Hodgson, PhD, PEng
Director of Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering