2006 – Nova Scotia
Dr Wayne Philips is a native of Fredericton, New Brunswick. He earned an Honours Biology degree at Mount Allison, a small liberal arts university. The experience developed his appreciation for the arts as well as the sciences, which led him into medicine at Dalhousie. He graduated in 1974 and joined a practice of seasoned family doctors in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, followed by a move to Wolfville.
Today Wayne runs an active practice out of a community clinic, regional hospital and nursing home as well as the student health clinic at Acadia University. He is Medical Director of the Wolfville Nursing Home and the EKM Community Clinic, which was formed by Wayne and fellow physicians in 1994 to provide after hours care following the closure of a community hospital.
Wayne is an advocate for improvements in environmental and community health. As a member of the Nova Scotia Medical Society’s Environmental and Community Health Committee, he contributed to a report resulting in a moratorium on uranium mining in the province, an experience which helped his understanding of, and compassion for, patients who suffer from environmental illnesses.
Wayne and his wife Gwen have three grown children. He credits Gwen with helping him to maintain the balance of personal, family and professional life.
“Becoming a trusted physician and friend of so many families of all ages and social backgrounds has been a wonderful and enriching experience. In sharing the intimacies of birth, death and triumph over illness, I have learned a tremendous amount about the human spirit.”