Speaker Profiles

Anna Reid, MD, CCFP-EM

Anna Reid, MD, CCFP-EM

President

Canadian Medical Association

Anna Reid was born in 1958 in Nairobi, Kenya, and moved at age six to Dundas, Ontario. Childhood family trips to the University of Toronto Anatomy Lab to visit her great-uncle Dr. John Grant sparked an interest in medicine. In 1981 she received an honours degree in wildlife biology from the University of Guelph and in 1986 her medical degree from the University of Ottawa. In 1988 she completed her family practice residency (rural stream) through the University of British Columbia, spending the second year in remote Bella Coola, BC. In 2000 she returned to Vancouver to complete further critical care and trauma training.

Dr. Reid was a rural and community family practice locum from 1988 to 1995 in the NWT and BC. From 1995 until 2000, she practised comprehensive family practice in Nelson, BC, enjoying in particular palliative care and geriatric work. During this time she had a large HIV practice and served on the board of AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society. Between 2001 and 2008, Dr. Reid was an emergency and intensive care unit physician at Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson. In 2008 she was recruited to Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife, NWT, where she practises emergency medicine and hospitalist work.

Dr. Reid served as Chief of Staff of Kootenay Lake Hospital in 2002–2003 and President and Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee in 2006. She was also Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee for several years. In Yellowknife she serves on emergency and critical care committees. She is on the Stanton Hospital mental health working group and planning team, and participates in the NWT Medical Directors’ Forum.

Dr. Reid has a passion for teaching both in the emergency room and in workshops. She has taught for years with the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada. She was one of the physician developers of the BC Rural Sepsis Outreach Project and was a co-developer of critical care workshops for rural physicians, which she teaches throughout rural BC. She is also involved with the Canadian Institute of Circumpolar Health in developing clinical guidelines for remote communities.

Early in her career, Dr. Reid volunteered with the Himalayan Rescue Association in Nepal, where she became interested in health care delivery and the importance of advocating for the disadvantaged. As an emergency room physician, she continues to be deeply concerned about the homeless, mentally ill and addicted patients who face inequities in access to care. Interest in these systems issues led to her becoming President of the Northwest Territories Medical Association from 2009 to early 2011 and subsequently putting her name forward for CMA President.

With extensive experience in both family practice and specialized hospital care, Dr. Reid has developed an understanding of health care systems and issues related to improving quality of care. Known as a mediator and consensus-seeker, she brings a strong work ethic, sense of humour, vision and passion to all of her endeavours. She keeps healthy by going on wilderness expeditions and playing several musical instruments. She lives with her spouse, Linda, who is her constant support and source of inspiration.

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