Dr. Heidi M. Oetter joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (BC) as a deputy registrar in May 2004 and was responsible for many portfolios including ethics, quality assurance and peer review, and the prescription review and methadone programs. From 2008 to 2023, she held the position of registrar and CEO. She was accountable for ensuring compliance with statutory obligations, implementing and monitoring the policies and strategic direction set forth by the Board, and managing the daily operations and administration. In 2009, she transitioned the College to the Health Professions Act.
Dr. Oetter has been recognized for her accomplishments as a medical leader provincially and nationally. In addition to past leadership positions on the Board of the British Columbia Medical Association (now Doctors of BC) and the Canadian Medical Protective Association Council, she currently sits as a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada, member of the Executive Board of the Medical Council of Canada, and member of the Executive Committee of the BC Health Regulators Society.
For 18 years prior to joining the College, Dr. Oetter worked as a family physician in Coquitlam, BC. She obtained her medical degree from UBC in 1985.