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Erica Frank

Erica Frank

Professor MD, MPH, FACPM



2206 East Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3


Erica Frank, MD, MPH, FACPM is a physician and Professor in UBC’s School of Population and Public Health and Department of Family Medicine in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. She is also Affiliate Faculty in Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies, and served two terms as the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Preventive Medicine and Population Health and as a UBC University Sustainability Initiative Fellow.

Dr. Frank is an internationally prominent public health researcher, educator, and leader, nominated in 2016 by the Canadian Medical Association and the American College of Preventive Medicine to be the Director-General of the World Health Organization.  Her intervention research examines globally-scaled educational interventions.  Dr. Frank is the Founder/Inventor (in 2001) of NextGenU.org (with learners registered in every country and receiving free education), and the Principal Investigator of the Healthy Doc = Healthy Patient initiative (demonstrating and building on the strong and consistent relationships between physicians’ personal and clinical practices).

She was trained at the Cleveland Clinic (Internship), Yale University (Preventive Medicine Residency), and Stanford University (with a three year long NIH/NHLBI fellowship).  She is a lifelong advocate for population health, including serving on the Boards (beginning in 1998) of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Board in the U.S. (including as 2008 President) and Canada (where she stewards the commemorative casting of IPPNW-Canada’s Nobel medal).

She has considerable experience in the use of media for scaled health education, including as the Editor of Preventive Medicine and of the student Journal of the American Medical Association, as a Producer/instructor for the U.S. CDC, and as a reporter/producer for Lifetime Medical Television, Medical News Network,  ABC-TV (Georgia affiliate), and Vogue Magazine.

Dr. Frank is available to co-supervise students.

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Membership (U.S. national medical honor society)
  • American College of Preventive Medicine:  Rising Star Award (first recipient), Humanism in Medicine Award (first recipient), and Distinguished Service Award
  • Consortium of Universities for Global Health, Faculty Emerging Leader in Global Health Innovation
  • Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Outstanding Alumnus Award
  • NIH/National Cancer Institute  Director’s Group Award
  • American Association of Public Health Physicians 
  • American College of Preventive Medicine
  • American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) and AJPM Focus
  • American Medical Association Council on Long Range Planning
  • American Medical Association Section on Medical Schools’ Governing Council
  • Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine [now APTR] Foundation
  • Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) and CMAJ Open
  • Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health
  • DuPont Epidemiology Advisory Board
  • DuPont Health Advisory Board
  • Health Education Foundation of Canada
  • Intentional Endowment Network Expert Advisory Group on Sustainability
  • International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War – Canada
  • National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation
  • Lifestyle Medicine Practitioners’ Association of Nigeria
  • ModernForest.org
  • NextGenU.org
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • PosterUp
  • Stanford University WELL Advisory Board
  • UBC President’s Commission on Sustainability
  • UBC University Neighborhood Association Board (City Council)
  • Ulrich and Ruth Frank Foundation for International Health
  • WHO Learning Strategy Advisory Group

Dr. Frank’s research on the Healthy Doc=Healthy Patient relationship can be reviewed here, her research on globally scaled health science education is here, and her c.v. in its entirety is available here.


Dr. Frank’s next semester teaching is Summer Term 2 2024, SPPH 581: Intervening in Global Public Health.