Dr. Glenn Gracie
Sydney, Nova Scotia

Image of 2019 Family Physician of the Year Dr. Glenn GracieA founding member of the Sydney Family Practice Centre in 1974, Dr. Glenn Gracie has a comprehensive family medicine practice that includes obstetrics, hospital in-patient care, walk-in care, home care, and nursing home care. Supremely dedicated to his patients and to his colleagues, he has a reputation for always making himself available for impromptu appointments and consultations.

Dr. Gracie is regarded as highly skilled, dependable, and compassionate by his peers and patients, in addition to being described as a true country doctor. His community adores him and he is often seen grieving with, rejoicing with, and providing counselling to his patients.

As a leader, he has mentored and trained many medical students, residents, and international medical graduates in rural family medicine. Generations of physicians have benefited from his invaluable experience, wisdom, and support. Dr. Gracie is being recognized for more than 45 years of service to his community and patients and for his overall contributions to family medicine.

Canada’s Family Physicians of the Year –
The Reg L. Perkin Award

Since 1972, the CFPC and the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine have honoured family physician members who exemplify the guiding principles of family medicine. Initially, one award recipient was selected to receive the Family Physician of the Year (FPOY) Award each year. Since 2002, 10 family physicians have been recognized annually—one representing each CFPC Chapter.

Canada’s FPOYs are chosen by their peers, other health care colleagues, and community leaders for:

  • Providing exceptional care to their patients
  • Making meaningful contributions to the health and well-being of their communities
  • Dedicating themselves as researchers and educators of future generations of family doctors

FPOY recipients must exemplify the four principles of family medicine:

  • Be skilled clinicians
  • Be community based
  • Act as a resource to a practice population
  • Recognize the central importance of the doctor-patient relationship

CFPC Chapters review nominations and select the FPOY for their respective provinces. The provincial FPOYs are honoured at their respective Annual Scientific Assemblies or Annual General Meetings. The national FPOYs are honoured at the annual CFPC Family Medicine Forum.