José Pereira is Professor and Director of the Division of Palliative Care in the Department of Family Medicine. He is of Portuguese background and complete his medical training in South Africa in 1987. He came to Canada in 1992 where he worked in a rural community in Manitoba for a few years. In 1995 he completed a clinical research fellowship in palliative care at the University of Alberta, followed by a family medicine residency at the University of Alberta. In University of Alberta and in 2000 co-founded Pallium Canada, a not-for-profit pan-Canada organization that advances primary-level palliative care across all settings of care through its interprofessional LEAP courseware.
Over the years he has worked in different settings, from home and community care to acute palliative care units, hospitals and hospices. He has racked up some “firsts”, including the first palliative care website (www.palliative.org)(1995), the first palliative care unit in Calgary (2001) and the first formal regional palliative care program in Ontario (2009). More recently he served as Director of Research of the College of Family Physicians of Canada from 2016 where he advanced primary care research and quality improvement.
José completed a Masters Degree in Medical Education at the University of Calgary in 2007. He retains his role as Scientific Officer of Pallium Canada, and leads the new Joshua Shadd McMaster-Pallium Research Hub. He has published extensively, with over 100 peer-reviewed publications, chapters and books, including the Pallium Palliative Pocketbook.
José’s contributions to developing palliative care in Canada have been recognized by the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.