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2020 BC College of Family Physicians Award Recipients

Each year the BC College of Family Physicians asks British Columbians to nominate doctors in their region to be the recipient of one of these awards. Each provincial Health Region has one award winner along with recognition for physician advocacy, 5 years in practice and an award for leadership by a family medicine resident. Below are the winners for 2020. A huge congratulations to these well-deserving candidates. It is great to see their hard work recognized.


(This information was originally posted on the BCCFP Website and can be viewed here. You can also find our more information about the awards and their history through that link.)


  • BC Family Physician of the Year: Dr. Tahmeena Ali Dr. Tahmeena Ali is a full-service family physician currently practicing in Surrey. Prior to this, she spent 10 years working as a family physician in a rural town in the emergency department, covering inpatients, providing obstetrical care and running a full-time practice. She identifies the needs of under-served communities and quickly gets to work on the ground. Her clinical work exemplifies her compassion for working with vulnerable populations. Read More

  • My Family Doctor Award: Dr. Rachel Collins (Fraser Health) Dr. Collins nominator says, "I had been travelling abroad for some time when I landed in a foreign hospital's ICU with health issues that turned out to be complex. Through everything, I have had Dr. Collins beside me at every step, working with specialists; ensuring I understand everything; providing me with all the information she comes across; and bringing me the most human and caring support imaginable. She makes me feel that we are team navigating a system, a mysterious illness, and a life-changing event together.” Read More

  • My Family Doctor Award: Dr. Kalen Geddes (Northern Health) Dr. Geddes nominator says, “He cared enough to change my husband’s quality of life, not just quantity of life, because he really cared. He talked to us and took time with us to find a balance that we both agreed on. He went out of his way to research questions we asked and helped us make life-changing decisions that we could both manage and still maintain. We weren't just a number on a chart that you should reach. He put us through a lot of changes before we found something that worked, but he did find it and we are so grateful that he cares about his patients. He means everything to us." Read More

  • My Family Doctor Award: Dr. Peter Lutsky (Vancouver Coastal Health) Dr. Lutsky's nominator says, “I feel that he goes above and beyond and doesn’t give up until he finds an answer to whatever is going on with his patients and is always keeping up with his knowledge…The effort, compassion, care and humour of having him as our care provider for most of my life, all of my teens’ life, and our extended family is the reason our health is where it is at now. We would be at a huge loss without him as our family physician.” Read More

  • My Family Doctor Award: Dr. Patricia Olsen (Island Health) Dr. Olsen's nominator says, “Her actions express more than words could, which was demonstrated to me when she visited me in hospital during a days-long stay in the pediatric unit with my toddler son. It is difficult to describe the feelings of reassurance, support and genuine care that overwhelmed me at seeing such a friendly and caring face during a time of uncertainty and despair… Dr. Olsen has always made her patients feel welcome, heard and cared for. I am forever grateful that my health care journey introduced me to Dr. Olsen and her family practice." Read More

  • My Family Doctor Award: Dr. Mark Szynkaruk (Interior Health) Dr, Szynkaruk's nominator says, “My wife was thought to be suffering from Parkinson's Disease, but with further scans it was discovered she had lung cancer that had metastasized in her brain and other places in her body. Dr. Szynkaruk did not sugar coat the possibilities ahead of her but has been extremely helpful and has made himself available when needed. He has become one of her cheer leaders and has supported all and everything she has wanted to try or not try as regards to treatment. He has been honest and forthright, while being extremely supportive and has his team on my wife's side." Read More

  • Family Medicine Advocate Award: Dr. Lawrence Yang Dr. Lawrence Yang is currently the head of the Family Medicine department at Surrey Memorial Hospital. He completed his family medicine residency at the Weill Cornell Medicine in 2008. Dr. Yang is passionate about prioritizing physician connectedness for wellness of the health force and the community at large. He is part of the Primary Care Networks development in Surrey North Delta, which aims to bring family physicians together in their neighbourhoods to collaborate and partner to achieve data-informed community health outcome improvement. Read More

  • First Five Years of Practice Award: Dr. Alyssa Cantarutti Dr. Alyssa Cantarutti is a family physician with additional certification in Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM). She received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at McMaster University in 2012 and went on to graduate from McMaster’s MD program in 2015. She did her residency training in Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia, based at St. Paul’s Hospital, and obtained her CCFP in 2017. Read More

  • Resident Leadership Award: Dr. Rebekah Eatmon Dr. Rebekah Eatmon completed her Doctorate in Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2018 and is now a Family Medicine Resident at the Vancouver Indigenous Site. Dr. Eatmon is a champion for family medicine, with a particular focus on how relationship‐based family practice is critical for improving care for Indigenous and vulnerable populations. Read More

  • Dr. Manoo and Jean Gurjar Award: Dr. Jessica Briggs Dr. Jessica Briggs is currently a first-year resident in the UBC-Fraser Family Practice Residency Program. She earned her Doctor of Medicine at UBC and completed her Bachelor of Science with Distinction, Linguistics at the University of Victoria in 2014. Read More

  • Dr. Manoo and Jean Gurjar Award: Dr. Anmol Lamba Dr. Anmol Lamba is the program chief resident for the University of British Columbia Family Practice Residency Program. He completed his Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology and Doctor of Medicine at McMaster University and earned his Professional Master of Medical Sciences at Queen’s University. Read More


A huge congratulations to all of these recipients from everyone at on the ARYA EHR Team.


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