2008 – Alberta

“Integrity, compassion, empathy, dedication to the profession, and service to the community” are words to describe this special family doctor from Calgary, Alberta. For 28 years his patients, students and colleagues have applauded Dr Mark Sosnowski’s leadership and commitment to family medicine well beyond his office practice.

After obtaining his medical degree from the University of Calgary, Mark received his Certification in Family Medicine in 1980. Since then, he has delivered community-based medical care including obstetrics, palliative and long-term care. He divides his time among the Lynnwood Medical Clinic, Calgary General Hospital, Peter Lougheed Geriatric Assessment Module, and Carewest and Crossbow/Fanning Centres. Mark is also currently a leader for the Mosaic Primary Care Network in northeast Calgary.

Although humble about his achievements, Mark is respected as a physician, teacher, presenter and author. As a leader in continuing medical education, he has delivered numerous programs for the hospital and family medicine rounds, including Telehealth for Urban and Rural Family Practice Rounds and web-based CME. Mark also enjoys teaching medical students and residents from the University of Calgary.

In 2005, Mark was honoured as the Outstanding Family Physician for the Calgary Health Region. Then in 2007, he was recognized at the MacKid Lecture in celebration of his significant contributions to medical education.

Mark and his wife, Kathy, keep busy with four children: Danielle, Alex, Kasia and Rhys. His personal interests include tennis, hiking, church activities, reading and gardening – although he confesses that the weeds usually win! In the future, Mark hopes to find more time to play the piano.

“From one undergraduate biology class to a most rewarding career as a family doctor, I feel privileged to have the opportunity to help my patients, their families and our community. The concept of medicine from the cradle to the grave has always appealed to me. To receive this reward is a tremendous honour.”

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