Loren Caira

Accomplished Emergency and Family Physician

About Loren Caira

A highly regarded family practitioner in rural Burns Lake, British Columbia, Dr. Loren Caira provides a comprehensive suite of services. He offers emergency and clinic care as well as hospitalist services in this underserved area, where he has practiced since 2011. Dr. Loren Caira comes to Burns Lake following a position as a full-time emergency room practitioner in a level 3 trauma center at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in California. There, Dr. Caira offered pediatric and adult emergency care as well as services to the hospital's thrombotic stroke center and cardiac catheterization center.

In the past, Dr. Loren Caira has provided expert emergency care at Simi Valley Hospital in California and at Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital in Christiansted, St. Croix, where he served as a locum tenens physician. Also former director of emergency services at Tustin Hospital Medical Center and Greater El Monte Community Hospital, both California institutions, he has received specialized training through the University of California, Los Angeles' nationally ranked residency at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital. Highly rated by patients in his current role, Dr. Caira stands out as a member of the College of Family Physicians of British Columbia and a licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada.

Newly Renovated MLKCH Launches Transitional Care Program

Dr. Loren Caira, a family physician at Lakes District Hospital, has dedicated his career to helping medically underserved communities for nearly three decades. Prior to establishing himself in the Burns Lake community, Dr. Loren Caira practiced in central California for several years, graduating at the top of his class at UCLA-Martin Luther King Hospital while working in one of the busiest trauma wards in the nation.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (MLKCH) proudly debuted its new name and state-of-the-art, 131-bed facility this past July as part of its renewed commitment to advancing the quality of healthcare throughout South Los Angeles. In support of these efforts, the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine and the Good Hope Medical Foundation each awarded a $100,000 grant to kick start the Transitional Care Program.

Designed to provide streamlined care to patients both within the hospital and in the community, the Transitional Care Program coordinates MLKCH services with primary care physicians and local health clinics. On-site Care Managers work directly with patients to handle everything from insurance to social services during their visit, and create comprehensive discharge plans to ease the transition outside of the hospital. As a result, patients can more efficiently access MLKCH services and bridge care after discharge, while healthcare providers can identify and prevent post-treatment complications.

UBC Researchers Develop Scarring Treatment Drug Fibrostop

With over 30 years of practice experience, Dr. Loren Caira has served as a family physician at Lakes District Hospital in Burns Lake, British Columbia, since 2011. In preparation for his career in medicine, Dr. Loren Caira earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of British Columbia (UBC).

UBC has a long history of developing clinical drugs and conducting leading-edge research. A team of UBC researchers recently made history with the development of the anti-scarring drug Fibrostop. Invented by Dr. Aziz Ghahary, a professor in UBC’s Department of Surgery, and Dr. Ryan Hartwell, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Ghahary’s lab, Fibrostop is the university’s first drug candidate tested without industry sponsorship. Researchers found the drug effective in addressing the root cause of scar tissue—the overproduction of collagen—on a molecular level, and further pre-clinical testing showed potential for treating autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and alopecia areata (hair loss) when used with other therapies.

The drug was initially developed as an anti-scarring treatment for patients with severe burns. To date, no other drug of its kind has been approved by the FDA or Health Canada. After Phase I clinical testing finishes, further testing and market prospects will be handled by BirchBioMed, which is the 86th life science spin-off company supported by the UBC’s University-Industry Liaison Office.

American College of Emergency Physicians Names New Directors

Since 2011, Dr. Loren Caira has worked as a family physician at Lakes District Hospital located in Burns Lake, British Columbia. In 2013, he received the Recognition of Excellence Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada for his work in caring for injured mill workers during the 2012 Burns Lake tragedy. An experienced emergency room doctor, Dr. Loren Caira is a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM).

Incorporated in 1976, the ABEM certifies emergency physicians who meet professional and educational standards. Candidates must also successfully complete a certification examination. The ABEM is one of 24 specialty medical certification boards acknowledged by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

The ABEM consists of a board of directors responsible for electing new directors. At its meeting in early 2015, the ABEM elected Dr. Deepi G. Goyal from Rochester, Minnesota, and Dr. Ramon W. Johnson from Laguna Niguel, California. As far as involvement in the ABEM, Dr. Goyal is a member of its eOral Case Development Panel and the Multiple-Encounter eOral Advisory Panel, while Dr. Johnson is a team leader and oral certification examiner.

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