Marko Peljhan

marko-pelihan.pngVice President, Pandemic Planning and Interim Vice President – Clinical Operations, South Island and Cowichan Valley

Marko is the Vice President, Pandemic Planning. In this temporary role, under the leadership of the Deputy Minister of Health and Provincial Health Officer, Marko oversees Island Health’s pandemic response to COVID-19 and vaccination campaign, monitors analytics and modelling on a provincial scale, and will provide critical guidance as we transition from pandemic to endemic.

In the role of Interim Vice President – Clinical Operations, South Island and Cowichan Valley, Marko oversees all aspects of clinical operations and is responsible for developing and operationalizing an effective, integrated care delivery model in South Vancouver Island, the southern Gulf Islands and the Cowichan District region.

Marko is also responsible for several Island wide programs and networks including: Heart Health, Acute Flow and Restorative Health, Maternal & Child Health strategy, Community Child Youth Operations, Laboratory Medicine, Medical Imaging, Surgical Services, Renal, Trauma and Oncology Services, Ambulatory Care and Medicine and all acute care Quality Councils. 

Working in partnership with the Vice President – Clinical Operations, Central/North Island and the Vice President – Medicine & Quality and Chief Medical Officer, Marko provides leadership for the implementation of strategic initiatives and ensures operational plans are carried out to provide efficient and effective delivery of healthcare services across Island Health.

Marko started his career in health-care as a nurse and quickly ascended into the role of health care leader, with continued training and education in management, communications, change and cultural safety. 

To contact Marko, please connect with his Executive Assistant Gillian Davies at 250-519-1912 or