Professor David Cabral trained in medicine at the University of Western Australia. He did specialty training in pediatrics and rheumatology both in Western Australia, and then Vancouver where he trained with Dr. Ross Petty. He joined the British Columbia Children’s Hospital (BCCH) rheumatology team 1992 and took over as Head the Division of Rheumatology in 2004. His vision has been to integrate research with clinical care and teaching. He co-founded the Young Adult Rheumatic Disease (YARD) clinic, the first chronic disease transition clinic at BCCH in 1992, and a model for other pediatric rheumatology programs across the country. His diverse research interests include the study of juvenile idiopathic arthritis and pediatric vasculitis, and he has participated in or helped establish, national and international physician networks and patient registries for the study of children with rheumatic disease. Most recently he has helped establish a basic science research laboratory for pediatric rheumatology within the BCCH Research Institute.