Department Spotlight: Dr. Nelson Chan


Tell me a little about yourself:

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada when I was nine years old. I grew up in the GTA area.

What degree(s) do you have, and from what university (ies)?

I have a bachelor of science (immunology) honours degree, law degree and medicine degree, all from University of Toronto.

Where do you practice medicine and in what scope?

My main family practice is at St. Joseph's Healthcare London, where I work along side my colleagues and residents in an academic practice. I have a broad scope practice with an interest in procedures. I also work part-time at South Huron Hospital as a hospitalist.

Why did you choose to pursue teaching at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry?

Having done my residency on the same team where I now practice, I was inspired by the strong mentors I have had.

What inspires you in your work?

The trust that my patients place in me to help them through any of their problems.

What special interests or hobbies do you have?

I enjoy playing squash and golf. I like to watch basketball. Honestly, with two young children, I don't have much time for anything else!

What are your research interests?

My research interests include medical education and palliative care.

What has been your greatest experience to date in your career as a faculty member?

I truly enjoy seeing my residents develop into wonderful family physicians. I continue to keep in touch with many of my previous residents and love to hear what they are doing.

What do you do when you aren’t working?

I'm looking after my two kids.

This year we celebrate the Department of Family Medicine's 50th anniversary, what does that mean to you?

I am proud to be a part of such an established and supportive community with a long history of excellence. Knowing that family medicine started here at Western gives me the confidence that we have the tools to continue as leaders of our discipline.