2013 – Alberta
Known for his significant contributions in both rural practice and anesthesiology, Dr Hal Irvine has recently retired following a career that spans almost 35 years. He earned Certification in Family Medicine in 1979 and became a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 1989.
Upon completion of his undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary, Dr Irvine began medical school there in 1974. He completed his residency at Queen’s University in 1980 with additional training in anesthesia, an area of study for which he won two Robert Hartley Fellowship awards in 1983 and 1990.
In 1999, Dr Irvine traveled to Victoria, Australia where he worked as a family doctor and anesthetist for a six-month practice exchange. During his time there he became an Associate Member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Dr Irvine has been involved with numerous organizations such as the Alberta Medical Association and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada. In 1988, he was President of the Alberta College of Family Physicians.
From 1995 to 2000, Dr Irvine served as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary’s Department of Family Medicine. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2000.
Dr Irvine was recognized as Clinician of the Year in 2002 by the David Thompson Health Region medical staff. In 2009, the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada awarded him with a Fellowship of Rural and Remote Medicine.
When not at work, Dr Irvine enjoys photography and motorcycling. He and his wife, Dianne Fisher, have been married for 39 years and, together, they have three children, Sarah, Bronwyn, and Brody. Dr Irvine also enjoys his new role as grandpa to his grandson, Sebastian.