Top 40: Dr. Anthony Kwan
Contributed - Jul 27, 2020 - People in Business

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In the past months, hundreds of health-care workers and first responders reacted quickly and willingly to the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. They have had to change their daily routines and time with their own families, cancelled vacations and other plans, and missed out on activities at home with their loved ones, homemade meals and a sense of normalcy. While many of us are staying safe and healthy at our own homes, we are thankful for our frontline workers who are confronting new risks from this virus at work, while keeping our community safe and sound. We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all of our front-line workers, both under and over 40. You are our saviours, and thank you so much for serving our community and protecting us. Your sacrifice is greatly appreciated.

— Dr. Eric Li, Associate Professor, UBCO, and past Top 40 under 40 Honouree


Dr. Anthony Kwan has been an emergency physician at Kelowna General Hospital for the past 16 years. Following his university education at the University of Guelph, he attended medical school at the University of Toronto. After that, it was on to Queen’s University, where he completed his residency in emergency medicine. It was during a month of training he completed at KGH during his residency when he fell in love with the hospital’s emergency department and was offered a position. The Whitby, Ont., native then moved to the Okanagan and joined the hospital in 2004.

As an emergency physician, Dr. Kwan uses his training to assist patients in need of acute and sometimes life-saving care. It is the pace, variety and immediacy of the job that drives his passion for emergency medicine. He notes that KGH’s emergency department has been blessed with strong and effective leadership in the 16 years since he joined the team. The mentorship and support he has received from the career emergency department physicians and nurses has been invaluable in his development as an emergency physician. In particular, he acknowledges Dr. Shawn Spellicy and Dr. Mike Ertel for the roles they have played in making the department what it is today. He paints a bright picture for the future of the department, with a focus on education and quality improvement, and is excited to see what direction our young leaders take the department in the future.

Outside of work, Dr. Kwan enjoys skiing, mountain biking and cooking. Particularly, he enjoys exploring Crawford, Gillard, and Smith Creek on his mountain bike, and skiing locally with the family at Big White and backcountry skiing in the Selkirks.

Q&A with Dr. Anthony Kwan

What started your career in health care?

Jeez, that’s tough. I guess I just always knew I wanted to be a physician like my dad. In medical school after spending a summer in rural Ontario working at a hospital, I really gravitated towards emergency medicine.

What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

The best part of my job is the teamwork and the camaraderie that develops from dealing with challenging situations.

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