BOARD MEMBERS

The Faces of Our Organization

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DR. RAHEL ZEWUDE

Founder & President

Dr. Rahel Zewude is an Internal Medicine resident physician at University of British Columbia who is the founder and current president of Black Physicians of BC. She completed her medical school at University of Toronto, where she served as the co-president for the Black Medical Students’ Association and created several new initiatives and worked on expanding the advocacy and mentorship efforts of the association. Her commitment to mentorship and advocacy through the years has led her to be involved in various programs that have improved the representation of Black students in Canadian medicine.

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DR. DESMOND NUNEZ

Vice President

Dr. Desmond Nunez is a practicing Otologist/Neurotologist and Chair of the University of British Columbia’s Division of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery. Dr Nunez graduated from the University of the West Indies Medical School and completed postgraduate surgical training in the United Kingdom and the United States.  He served as Head of the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust Departments of Otolaryngology in England prior to relocating to Vancouver. In his limited spare time, he enjoys skiing and scuba diving.

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DR. SENAY ALEM

Treasurer

Dr. Senay Alem is currently completing radiology residency at UBC. Prior to this, he completed his undergraduate and medical degree at the University of Alberta. In his free time, he enjoys the company of family and friends, dining, and dabbling in photography. Since the pandemic, he's learned to enjoy the outdoors more, and living in BC has definitely made accessing the outdoors easier.

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DR. CHRISTOPHER APPLEWHAITE

Mentorship Lead

Dr. Christopher Applewhaite received his MD through the University of Calgary and completed his residency in Family Medicine in Victoria. He also holds a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. Originally from Alberta, he is excited raise his family on the West Coast.


He has a strong clinical interest in musculoskeletal medicine and pain management. Outside of medicine, he is an outdoor enthusiast and martial artist participating in Brazilian jiu jitsu and outdoor pursuits from sea kayaking to fly fishing. With martial arts on hold due to the pandemic, he is spending time outdoors with his daughters, baking, and improving his home. 

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DR. JOSHUA NASH

Advocacy Co-Lead

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JEN MIGABO

Advocacy Co-Lead

Jennifer Migabo is a MSI-3 in the Vancouver Fraser Medical Program. She's a first generation Canadian, born in Edmonton, Alberta, and of Kenyan descent. She grew up in the snowy city of Prince George, British Columbia, where she completed her undergraduate degree. She then moved to Vancouver to begin her medical career. Within medicine, she has a particular interest in the health status of marginalized populations, Addictions Medicine, Women’s Health, and Mental Health. When she's not in school, she loves to get outdoors, running, photography, doing quick trips outside of the city, and spending time with friends and family!

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DR. RUKY AGBAHOVBE

Community Lead

Dr. Ruky Agbahovbe is an R1 in Psychiatry (Vancouver Track). She was born in Nigeria and grew up in both Ireland and Canada. As a recent graduate of University College Dublin, having spent six years galavanting through Europe, she is so happy to have settled back into life on the West Coast.  Within medicine, she has a special interest in Urban Health, Addictions and Inner City Youth. When not at work, she loves to browse through thrift stores and repurpose old clothing and furniture pieces!

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DR. RUTH HABTE

Media Lead

Dr. Ruth Habte is an Obstetrics and Gynaecology Resident Physician at UBC. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and practiced briefly as a pharmacist while in medical school, both at the University of Manitoba.

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ESTELLO HILL

Medical Student Representative

Estello Hill is a 4th year medical student going into Internal Medicine. He’s biracial—half African-American and Dutch, born and raised in Vancouver, BC. Prior to Medicine, he studied Psychology and played both varsity football and rugby at McGill University. He has a particular interest in Gastroenterology and gut microbiome research. A self-proclaimed Vitruvian man of health and wellness—he splits his free time between the gym, running, biking, teaching yoga, meditating, and writing. He founded the charity SocialSport in 
2016, which helped new refugee and disadvantaged youth make friends and settle into life in Canada by connecting them to community sport programs.

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DR. SAMUEL NISBETT

Staff Physician Representative

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DR. ABU HAMOUR

Northern and Island Health Representative

Dr. Hamour completed his medical training in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine in Sudan and the United Kingdom. He has extensive clinical expertise in HIV, Tuberculosis, chronic hepatitis, antimicrobial stewardship, and infection control programs. Dr. Hamour has recently served as the Department Head of Medicine and Medical Director at the University Hospital of Northern BC. He currently practices as an Infectious Diseases physician in Prince George, where he provides the majority of hepatitis C and HIV care in Northern BC.