CFB Esquimalt welcomes a new Base Surgeon

Major Lili Zhang is the new Base Surgeon taking over from Lieutenant Commander Ian Kirby. Photo by A/SLt Pellerin/PAO

Major Lili Zhang is the new Base Surgeon taking over from Lieutenant Commander Ian Kirby. Photo by A/SLt Pellerin/PAO

A/SLt Ty Pellerin
Base PA Office

CFB Esquimalt’s new Base Surgeon didn’t have far to go to take on the new role.

Major Lili Zhang has been the deputy Base Surgeon for the past few years, and took over from LCdr Ian Kirby, the outgoing Base Surgeon, on April 19.

“Lili is an exceptionally professional and compassionate clinician,” says LCdr Kirby. “She is well supported by experienced managers, staff, and an amazing group of primary care and mental health clinicians. I have no doubt she will succeed as Base Surgeon and raise the quality of health care delivered.”

Maj Zhang spent five years at CFB Petawawa as a General Duties Medical Officer before being posted to CFB Esquimalt. In all, she has 17 years’ experience in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) – she transferred to the Regular Force from the Reserves in 2009

Maj Zhang says she is looking forward to the challenge and new leadership role.

“There will be a period of adjustment, but I feel like I have already established good working relationships with the base during my time here; so I’m looking forward to strengthening those,” she says.

Her role as Base Surgeon is to provide senior medical oversight for the base while striving to ensure the overall functioning of the medical clinic. She also provides medical advice to base units and works closely with the public health sector.

She is now the lead on the base for the MARPAC vaccine rollout, which has begun. 

“It’s been said many times throughout the pandemic that ‘we are in this together,’ which rings true for the vaccine campaign,” she says. “I think it’s going to be an exciting time for the base and an important step in the right direction. I encourage everyone to receive the vaccine if they are eligible.”

The Base Clinic and the Chiefs’ and Petty Officers’ Mess are set up as vaccination sites. Units will be provided vaccination dates and times based on a prioritization matrix that will determine the order in which doses will be given.

For more information visit on the MARPAC vaccine rollout:


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