SURREY – The province’s largest and fastest-growing health authority is congratulating Dr. Arun Garg on receiving the BC Medical Association’s (BCMA) inaugural Dr. Don Rix Award for Physician Leadership recently.
“Dr. Arun Garg is an exemplary leader and physician who has been an integral part of ensuring the health and wellbeing of British Columbians,” said Health Minister Michael de Jong. “My warmest congratulations to Dr. Garg on a very well deserved honour.”
“Our communities are fortunate to be served by such a caring, collaborative and visionary physician as Dr. Arun Garg. Fraser Health congratulates Arun once again for his outstanding service to the physicians and the citizens of British Columbia,” said Dr. Nigel Murray, President & CEO of Fraser Health.
The BCMA award was established in memory of the late Dr. Donald Rix and is for exemplary physician leadership that recognizes lifetime achievement and serves as an inspiration and a challenge to the medical profession in British Columbia. The award consists of a $2000 donation to a BC charity of the winner’s choice, as well as a gold medal. Dr. Garg will be donating the BCMA award contribution, along with matching funds from his partners at Dr. CJ Coady Associates and a personal amount, to the Royal Columbian Hospital and Surrey Memorial Hospital foundations.
Dr. Garg is Medical Director for Fraser Health’s Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Program. He is a Clinical Professor of Pathology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Garg is also a consultant Medical Director at BC Biomedical Laboratories. Outside of his clinical interests, he is a strong community leader. Founder of Canadian Physicians with Interest in South Asia and the Canada India Network Society, Dr. Garg continues to employ his creativity and compassion to tackle health care issues locally and internationally.
“This recognition represents the communities which have nurtured and supported me for many years and my family and I are grateful for the opportunity to serve,” said Dr. Arun Garg.
The BCMA recognition follows a 2011 Award of Excellence in Medical Practice that Dr. Garg received from the Board of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. The College’s Award of Excellence Program is an annual peer recognition program that honours individual physicians who have made an exceptional contribution to the practice of medicine in teaching, research, clinical practice, administration or health advocacy. Other criteria include character, integrity, and ethics beyond reproach, demonstrated leadership, and collegiality in all interactions with patients and colleagues.
Fraser Health provides a wide range of integrated health services to the largest and fastest growing population in B.C. The health authority is committed to improving the health of the population and the quality of life of more than 1.6 million people living in communities from Burnaby to White Rock to Hope.
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