Two family doctors in Markham have been recognized for their community and medical leadership by the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP).

Dr. Emilie Lam is the recipient of the 2021 OCFP Early Years Award, an honour that recognizes a family physician in their first 10 years of practice who has demonstrated exemplary dedication to family medicine and primary care in their practice and community. She provides full scope family medicine care at her practice at Markham Medical Centre, in patients’ homes, and at Oak Valley Health’s Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH).

“During the past year, Dr. Lam never stopped advocating for her patients and marginalized community residents,” says Elena Pacheco, Vice President, Planning and Transformation, Oak Valley Health

“Dr. Lam always brings new and unique perspectives to advance the executive team at the Eastern York Region North Durham Ontario Health Team and constantly looks for ways to close the gaps between hospitals, primary care providers, and community agencies,” says Pacheco.

Dr. Allan Grill has received the College of Family Physicians of Canada Award of Excellence, which recognizes family doctors who have made outstanding contributions in one or more areas of family medicine within the past 24 months. He is the Chief of Family Medicine at MSH and lead physician at the Markham Family Health Team.

“At every corner, Dr. Grill has been there to support our community and hospital efforts,” says Cheryl Osborne, Patient Care Director, MSH

“Now more than ever, we will lean on the structure and system integration that Dr. Grill has fostered so that we are able as a health care community to recover from this pandemic,” says Osborne.

These doctors exemplify the vital role family physicians play across Ontario as clinicians, advocates, teachers, and researchers.

“With visionary leadership and dedication, Dr. Lam and Dr. Grill have developed initiatives that have been instrumental in enhancing medical care for the citizens of Markham and the surrounding region,” says Dr. Elizabeth Muggah, OCFP President. “I congratulate them on their achievements that have enriched the health and well-being of their community.”