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Dr. Christy Sutherland is B.C.’s Family Physician of the Year

Dr. Christy Sutherland has been named B.C.’s 2018 Family Physician of the Year, as announced by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine.

Each year 10 recipients are selected to receive the award (also known as the Reg. L Perkin Award), one from each province. They are nominated by their peers, colleagues and community leaders for providing exceptional patient care, contributing to the health and wellbeing of their communities, and dedicating themselves as researchers and educators of future generations of family doctors.

After completing her bachelor of science in chemistry at Mount Allison University, Dr. Sutherland went on to complete her medical degree at Dalhousie University. She completed a family medicine residency at the University of British Columbia, where she is now a clinical assistant professor and serves as a preceptor and mentor to a variety of trainees, including fellows, medical residents, and medical students.

Dr. Sutherland serves as the Medical Director for the PHS Community Services Society, a non-profit providing advocacy, housing, services, and opportunities for the most vulnerable of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. In this role, she leads a team of physicians and nurses embedded in low-barrier, harm reduction projects. She has served as a physician on St. Paul's Hospital's Family Medicine Ward, an addiction physician on St. Paul's Hospital's Addiction Medicine Consult Team, and an addiction physician for Work Safe BC. As Education Physician Lead for the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use, Dr. Sutherland works collaboratively with other health care professionals, coordinators, and external stakeholders to provide leadership and support for education and training activities.

Dr. Sutherland was recently awarded the Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award from the St. Paul's Hospital GoldCorp Addiction Medicine Fellowship, where she is preceptor for individual fellows during their in-patient rotation and community electives. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and has participated in several research grants and initiatives throughout her career that have focused on improving the lives of vulnerable populations.

The 2018 Family Physicians of the Year will be presented with their awards November 16 in Toronto at an annual gala hosted by the FAFM and the CFPC. Dr. Sutherland will also be recognized by the BC College of Family Physicians at an upcoming reception.