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Celebrating the work of our staff

Damian Duffy is dedicated to addressing health disparities that result from material and social poverty, discrimination, racism, and elitism.
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The executive director in the Office of Pediatric Surgical Evaluation and Innovation at BC Children’s Hospital, Damian was recently recognized for his work by his peers.

Every year, the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) celebrates the passionate contributions our staff make to province-wide health-care solutions through the PHSA+ Awards. These awards honour individuals and teams across the organization, including at BC Children’s, that demonstrate excellence and advance our organization by living the PHSA values. 

Damian shares his thoughts on the meaning of the award and his work:

1. How did you feel when it was announced that you are a PHSA+ Award winner?

I feel deeply honoured to receive the PHSA+ Award. I am so fortunate to be part of an incredibly committed and compassionate surgical team who inspire me daily to do the best work I can and be the best person I can be.

2. What is your favourite thing about working at PHSA?

I love the diversity of my work. Every day is different and the needs of the team are constantly evolving. I really enjoy this!  

3. What is most rewarding about your job? What makes it worthwhile?

I really love working with the students and creating opportunities for them to play a crucial role in our hospital. It is rewarding for me to see our trainees connect meaningfully to quality improvement activities which can help transform care.  

4. What is your proudest moment at PHSA?

I am so proud to be part of advancing fellowship education here, not only for the great care that clinical fellows provide to the children of British Columbia, but also the positive, exponential impact these new subspecialists will have on child health in their homeland upon graduation from BC Children’s.

5. How has working at PHSA helped you develop professionally and/or personally?

There are so many members of frontline staff who are committed to lifelong learning and taking additional training. This has motivated me to pursue a Master of Science in Global Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

6. What is something that someone may not have realized about you - a little unknown fact or something unexpected?

I am a baritone and love singing! 

7. How do the PHSA values show up in your work?

For many of our patients and families, their surgical journey will be their only experience with our hospital. "Be Compassionate" would be the guiding principle which influences my work the most and is a value I routinely see and experience most in my team interactions.


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