2013 – Saskatchewan
“Put patients first, always” is the motto of Dr Werner Oberholzer, who is recognized for providing exceptional rural family medicine in his hometown of Radville, Saskatchewan.
After earning his medical degree at the University of the Orange Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Dr Oberholzer moved his family to Saskatchewan in 1999. He and his wife, Nelleke—also a family physician— began practising family medicine at the Radville Marian Health Centre. In 2009, he received Certification in Family Medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and was recognized as a Certified Canadian Physician Executive by the Canadian Medical Association in 2011.
Dr Oberholzer provides weekly clinics in the communities of Bengough and Pangman. He was instrumental in establishing the Rural West Primary Health Care—an interdisciplinary medical team that cares for four under-serviced rural communities in southeastern Saskatchewan.
Dr Oberholzer serves as Medical Director of Emergency Medical Services of Sun Country Health Region, Chairman of the Joint Medical Professional Review Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, and expert member of the Chronic Disease Management Program with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.
He is also Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, where he mentors students and graduates of family medicine.
In 2009, Dr Oberholzer was honoured as Saskatchewan Physician of the Year by the Saskatchewan Medical Association. In 2012, he received the Saskatchewan Healthcare Excellence Award from the University of Saskatchewan, and the Dennis Kendall Distinguished Service Award from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.
With a passion for skydiving, Dr Oberholzer competes and teaches at the Moose Jaw Skydiving Club. He also enjoys spending time with Nelleke and their four children, Aledia, Gouws, Evert, and Mia.