Oscar Casiro, MD, FRCPC


Dr. Oscar Casiro is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics and a Scholar in the Centre for Health Education Scholarship at the UBC Faculty of Medicine. After obtaining a medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he completed training in Pediatrics and Neonatology at the University of Manitoba. His early research interests centered on the long-term outcomes of high risk, premature infants and the effects of substance abuse during pregnancy. He developed an interest in medical education leadership and scholarly activities early in his academic career. He has held leadership positions of progressive responsibility in the field of medical education, including Residency Program Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Specialty Committee on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education (University of Manitoba); Chair of the Undergraduate Medical Education Committee, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada; President of the Medical Council of Canada; and Founding Regional Associate Dean, Vancouver Island (University of British Columbia and University of Victoria); Chair of the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS); and voting member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in the USA. Presently Dr. Casiro is semi-retired. As Regional Director for Latin America, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada International, he promotes academic partnerships in order to enhance postgraduate medical education in that region.

Research Interests

Currently collaborating with CHES faculty on scholarly projects in the areas of: outcome of distributed medical education in BC; assessing the learning environment in a distributed medical education program; and governance in medical education.


  • Dr. Louis Levasseur Distinguished Service Award, Medical Council of Canada (2015)
  • Award of Excellence, College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (2014)
  • Honorary Medical Alumni Award, UBC Medical Alumni Association (2012)
  • Administrative Award, Manitoba Medical Association (2004)
  • Merit Award, Canadian Association of Medical Educators (2004)
  • Health or Safety Promotion Award, Manitoba Medical Association (1994)