2005 – New Brunswick

Dr John Brewer was encouraged at an early age to challenge the “status quo”, and it was this “why not?” attitude that motivated him to be the first in his family to attend university. He graduated with his medical degree from the University of Ottawa.

John met his wife, fellow family physician Dr Monica Brewer, while at the University of Ottawa. John and Monica successfully combined the early years of marriage with residency at Dalhousie University, and moved on after residency to build a practice together in Saint John.

John is past Chief of Family Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Saint John, and Past President of the New Brunswick Chapter of the College of Family Physicians. John was Director of the Family Medicine Teaching Unit in Saint John for 10 years until 2004. He is now Assistant Professor at both Dalhousie and Memorial University.

Under John’s leadership, the Saint John Community Health Centre was established in 2002, a fully integrated multi-discipline group practice that is also home to the Family Medicine Teaching Unit.

Ever focused on positive change, John is active in teaching, in hospital administration and in a number of provincial government committees.

John and Monica have three children; a son age 18 now at Queen’s University, a 16 year old daughter and a younger son who is 8.

John’s “why not?” mantra is still firmly in place. “Family doctors are in a perfect position to lead that change”, remarks John. “In my community I felt the need for a community based residency training program, and the need for primary healthcare reform. By working closely with the community, these goals were achieved.”

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