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[Perspectives] Evan Wood—bringing change to addiction medicine

Evan Wood had not thought much about a career in medicine having studied geography, but an assignment to chart the diffusion of HIV around Vancouver, Canada, got him hooked on clinical epidemiology. Today Wood is Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and a leader of addiction medicine at St Paul’s Hospital and the local health authority in Vancouver, where he works to improve systems of care for patients with addictions. As Wood points out, “Addiction science has gotten so far ahead of what the health system actually delivers in terms of care.