Leaders in Health

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation is supported by two volunteer boards of directors. The Governing Board provides leadership in the areas of strategic planning, policy, legal and governance.  The Advisory Board manages operations, development and implementation.

Working collaboratively, these dedicated individuals advance the objectives of Foundation which are to:

  • advance the science and knowledge of diseases of the digestive organs
  • assist research, training, prevention and treatment of the conditions impairing the normal function of the digestive organs, including their functions in nutrition
  • promote dissemination of knowledge of diseases of the digestive organs through the Canadian community, and
  • assist in the development of new methods to ensure better quality of life people afflicted with these disorders.
  • Dr. Hugh Chaun

    Dr. Chaun is Clinical Professor Emeritus of Medicine, University of British Columbia and a retired consultant gastroenterologist for the Department of Medicine and Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    Born in Hong Kong, Dr. Chaun graduated from Oxford University, England in 1962 and did his postgraduate medical training in London, England, and Vancouver, B.C. He immigrated to Canada 1967 and practiced Gastroenterology in Vancouver from 1970-2005.

    Dr. Chaun is Past VP-Secretary for Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG); past member of the Ethics, Admissions and Nomination Committees of CAG; and, is Past Chair of the Press & Congress News Committee for the 2005 World Congress of Gastroenterology. He is has been Chair of the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation since 2004; served as the Secretary-General of the Bockus International Society of Gastroenterology since 2002; and holds the following positions with the American College of Gastroenterology (AGA): Governor representing Western Provinces since 2004; Councillor representing Region VI (Canada) since 2006; and, is a member of the International Relations Committee.

    Dr. Chaun has special interests and has conducted clinical research in Gastrointestinal manifestations of Cystic Fibrosis, Epidemiology of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Immigrants from Asia, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) including incidence among immigrants from the Far East and, parasitic infections of the gastrointestinal tract.

    Dr. Chaun has been the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching from the Professional Association of Residents of B.C., UBC Department of Medicine Master Teacher Award (St. Paul's Hospital) 1998 Dedicated Service Award, The Bockus International Society of Gastroenterology 1998 The Dr. Hugh Chaun Mentorship Award presented in appreciation by the UBC GI fellows on the occasion of his retirement 2005, inaugural recipient College of Physicians & Surgeons of B.C. Award of Excellence, May 2005 (one of five inaugural recipients).       

Enhancing lifelong health

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation believes our ability to help establish, enrich and protect a healthy gut microbiota is the key to lifelong health