Dr. Réka Gustafson

Vice President – Population Health & Chief Medical Health Officer

reka-gustafon.pngDr. Réka Gustafson joined Island Health in September 2022, as Vice President, Population & Public Health and Chief Medical Health Officer.

In this role, Dr. Gustafson facilitates service delivery improvements that contribute to the wellness, health and care needs of all residents in Island Health. She oversees our talented team of Medical Health Officers and works closely with senior leaders to drive quality improvements and ground strategies and initiatives throughout the organization. She also represents Island Health on relevant provincial working groups, building relationships with external partners and engaging with relevant national organizations to help facilitate our goal of excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

A seasoned public health practitioner, Dr. Gustafson was at the forefront of BC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and toxic drug crisis, providing leadership for evidence-informed public health initiatives, planning and emergency response. She is also a gifted communicator, turning complex data and challenging concepts into accessible and digestible content for all audiences, as she demonstrated at many provincial briefings throughout the pandemic.

Dr. Gustafson joined Island Health from the Provincial Health Services Authority where she held two senior leadership roles of VP, Public Health & Wellness, and Deputy Provincial Health Officer, where she provided leadership to the BCCDC. Prior to that she was the Medical Health Officer for the City of Vancouver and Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer for Vancouver Coastal Health. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at the UBC School of Population and Public Health, where she originally completed her Master of Science, Master of Health Science and MD degrees. She holds a fellowship in Public Health and Preventative Medicine and certification in Family Medicine.


To contact Dr. Gustafson, please connect with her assistant, Dorothy Gallacher via: dorothy.gallacher@islandhealth.ca