2010 – Quebec

A compassionate and dedicated family physician, Dr Ruth Vander Stelt’s patients are grateful to be recipients of her expertise and care. In addition to her busy family practice, Ruth is recognized for her role in helping people without a family doctor. She successfully spearheaded a transitional clinic where orphan patients can find a family physician. Her related passion and experience have been instrumental in her success as a medical administrator and advocate for improved access to primary care at the local, provincial and federal levels.

Ruth is a medical graduate from Laval University. She obtained her Certification from the CFPC in 1994 and her Fellowship in 2005. Since 1995 she has been practicing family medicine at the Centre de Santé et de services sociaux du Pontiac where she is currently Head of the Department of General Medicine as well as the medical coordinator for patients without a family physician. Her scope of practice includes emergency medicine and geriatric care.

An Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa and McGill University, Ruth also teaches the pre-hospital emergency care program at the Cégep de l’Outaouais.

From 2001-2007, Ruth served as President of the Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists for the Centre Hospitalier affilié universitaire de Québec. Since 2008 Ruth has been actively involved with the Canadian Medical Association’s General Council Resolutions Committee advocating policies that support the optimization of family practice in Quebec. Ruth’s hobbies include gardening, preparing preserves, and reading biographies and historical fiction. She and her husband, Patrick Marshall, keep busy with their three children, Sara Jane, Nicholas, and Nathaniel.

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