2009 – Alberta
Dr George Gish arrived in Claresholm in 1980 and has since made an indelible difference to his community. His patients describe him as a family physician who is willing to go “the extra mile” in any situation and his peers as a dedicated physician who ‘provides exceptional care, promotes family practice through his relationships, and has a firm commitment to teaching.’
A graduate from the University of Calgary, George became a Certificant of the CFPC in 1979 and a Fellow in 2003. He also obtained special recognition in anesthesia, a service he has provided to community surgeons ever since. In addition to a busy family practice, George contributes to emergency room coverage at Claresholm General Hospital, care at Willow Creek Auxiliary Hospital and Nursing Home, and is very involved with local mental health, alcohol, drug and addiction programs.
George is highly recognized for his commitment to rural medicine. Since 2006, he has been the Chair of the Calgary Rural Primary Care Network Board and sits on the AMA’s Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee. In 2007-2008, he was recognized with the Rural Family Medicine Preceptor Award. From 2006 to 2009, his teaching skills earned him awards of excellence for Outstanding Clerkship Teaching at the University of Calgary.
George is married to Lenore and they have two adult children, Jessica and Daniel, as well as two grandchildren, Toryn and Xander. For recreation, George has moonlighted as a volunteer fireman and enjoys golfing, curling, cycling, fly fishing and sailing.
“I have been humbled by the kindness of my patients and local community over receiving this award. Their response has reaffirmed what I try to relate to my students – that there is tremendous value in being able to see the big picture and a good steward for the health of your community. Family medicine has been an exceptionally rewarding experience and I continue to celebrate daily my career choice.”