Dr. Anita Palepu

anita palepu


Head, Department of Medicine

Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine


St. Paul’s Hospital


Dr. Anita Palepu is Head of the Department of Medicine and Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at UBC. She is the Physician Program Director for the St. Paul’s Hospital Medicine Program and works as a General Internist.

Dr. Palepu conducts her research at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences and has a research program that falls under the broad umbrella of urban health research, with particular interest in vulnerable populations such as homeless persons and drug users. She is an Associate Editor for the Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Palepu completed the THNK School of Creative Leadership program in 2015 and is exploring how to use tools from design thinking in exploring societal challenges pertaining to health and health care.


  • Homelessness, housing, and health
  • Substance use and addiction treatment
  • Social determinants of health
  • Urban health—social and physical environment
  • Quality of life

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Howard Stein Master Teacher Award, St. Paul’s Hospital (2015)

UBC Department of Medicine Master Teacher Award (2015)

Master of the American College of Physicians (convocation May 2016)

Inaugural recipient of the Graydon Meneilly Award for Excellence in Mentoring (2017)

Providence Health Care (PHC) Research and Mission Award (2020)