The Board of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Award of Excellence in Medical Practice. The recipients were presented with their awards at the president’s annual dinner in Vancouver on May 29, 2013.
Patrick J. Kinahan, MD, FRCPC – Vancouver, BC
Dr. Kinahan graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1955 in internal medicine. He and his family moved to Prince George in 1959 as one of three general practice physicians caring for the entire population – then 14,500. In no time, Dr. Kinahan had over 4,000 individual patient records. After eight years, Dr. Kinahan moved back to Vancouver to continue his training in cardiology, which had always been a passion. He accepted a job at Vancouver General Hospital working in the new cardiac lab where he pursued innovative clinical research such as hemodynamics of aortic valve disease in the 1970s, and adopted novel techniques such as balloon angioplasty in the 1980s. Over the years, Dr. Kinahan became known by colleagues, students, residents and patients for his wise insight, patience and compassionate care of the vulnerable and sick. Drawing on his years as a family physician, Dr. Kinahan always took the time to listen and learn from his patients, taking extensive medical histories and following up personally on the telephone after a procedure. Dr. Kinahan provided care to BC patients for over 60 years. He retired from active practice in 2012.
Michael F. Myers, MD, FRCPC – Vancouver, BC
Dr. Myers obtained his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1966 and completed his residency training in psychiatry in 1973. Over the years, Dr. Myers developed an interest and expertise in the treatment of physicians and their families, particularly in the area of marital therapy and mental health disorders. He has written widely on these subjects in academic and public literature, including eight published books; and he has sat on five editorial boards for psychiatric journals. Dr. Myers has a long history of medical leadership and service to the profession. He was director of marital therapy for St. Paul’s Hospital and a clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at UBC until 2008. As an experienced educator, Dr. Myers has received numerous teaching awards from UBC, McGill and Dalhousie universities; and has served on several Canadian and American advisory boards on physician health. Dr. Myers is well regarded by his colleagues as a clinician who is not afraid to delve into areas of physician mental health that others have long been reluctant to discuss. He was extensively involved in the development of BC’s Physician Health Program, serving as a psychiatric consultant for many years. Dr. Myers retired from active practice in 2009.