ACFP Family Physician of the Year
Dr. Donald Chan, Edmonton
Dr. Donald Chan was born in Hanna, Alberta, but grew up in Manitoba. He attended the University of Manitoba for both his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees, and then completed medical school at the University of Calgary in 1987. He finished his Family Medicine Residency at the University of Alberta Misericordia site in 1989.
Dr. Chan is in a community-based group practice with five other family physicians, and is actively involved with the Edmonton North Primary Care Network. He has been married to his spouse, Edna, for 29 years, and has two children. His daughter, Samantha, is a RN at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, and his son, Richard, is a 2nd year Family Medicine resident in Calgary.
The one thing I love about family medicine is: the long term relationships with patients and families that have developed over the many years. The privilege of caring for multiple generations in a family is very unique and special.
Family medicine mentor: Dr. Kamil Ghali.
One thing that surprised me about being a family physician is: the positive effect that we do have on our patients even when sometimes we don’t perceive that we are contributing much to their wellness.
If I wasn’t a family physician I’d be: probably a music teacher.
Except from Dr. Chan’s nomination package:
Despite his many contributions to family medicine, to medical education, and to the community, Dr. Chan is modest and humble. To me, he represents the busy worker bee, always doing his best, but would shy away from any recognition. He is a great example of a leader in the profession and in the community who leads by example. He does not seek any high recognition or reputation, but works tirelessly in improving the lives of his patients through his service and advocacy, contributing to the profession through mentorship and education, and to his community. His values are so clear through his actions and how his patients describe him.
He meets all criteria for this honour and as modest as he is, is so deserving of the recognition. I think his work ethic and passion for family medicine should be celebrated as a great example for all family physicians.
Nominated by Dr. Diana Hong