Family Physician of the Year

Each year, we recognize a family physician who consistently makes a significant contribution to his or her medical practice and community. The Family Physician of the Year Award was initiated in 2007 to recognize the impact of small-practice and rural physicians. We highlight family physicians who provide extraordinary medical care, set an exceptional example in the practice of family medicine, teach medical students and residents, and advocate for the health of their community.  

Dr. Michael Fleming (MD'78)

A leader in his practice and community, Dr. Fleming is recognized for his dedication to patients and his relentless pursuit and advocacy of continuing professional development. He has been a family physician in Fall River for 40+ years and has been a UGME teacher in past years, and Director of Conferences at CPD for 40 years, and has been a strong proponent of excellent CPD for family physician specialists and other medical specialists during this time. Dr. Fleming earned his medical degree from Dalhousie University in 1978. He completed a medical internship and family medicine residency training in 1980. That same year, Dr. Fleming received Certification in Family Medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), and he became a Fellow in 1998. Since 1980, Dr. Fleming has practised comprehensive family medicine with the Fall River Family Practice. During that time, he has had hospital privileges at the Grace Maternity Hospital, Victoria General Hospital, and Camp Hill Hospital (now Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre). For the past 34 years, Dr. Fleming has enjoyed progressive career roles with Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine, Continuing Professional Development, where he served as an educational consultant, program developer, and Accreditor for Dalhousie’s family physician and specialist programs. Currently, Dr. Fleming is Director of Family Medicine Programs in CPD and Assistant Professor with Dalhousie’s Division of Medical Education. Dr. Fleming served as chair of CFPC’s National Committee on Continuing Professional Development from 2002 to 2009 and the committee representative for the Association of Faculties of Medicine 2009-2015. For nine years, Dr. Fleming was a member of the Board for Doctors Nova Scotia. In 2013, he was elected president and subsequently served as past president and chair. In 2015 he was chosen the CFPC’s Nova Scotia, Family Physician of the Year.

Past award recipients

2020 Dr. Jeff Sutherland (MD’91)
2019 Dr. Tom Laughlin (MD’78)
2017 Dr. Lisa Bonang (MD'93)
2016 Dr. Carlyle Chow (MD'68)
2015 Dr. Jim MacKillop (MD'81)
2014 Dr. Shelagh Leahey (MD'75)
2013 Dr. Peter MacKean (MD'81)
2012 Dr. Michael Perley (MD'80)
2011 Dr. Stephen Hart (MD'72)
2010 Dr. Donald Brown (MD'59)
2009 Dr. Frederick Goodine (MD'59)
2008 Dr. Anita Foley (MD'75)
2007 Dr. Kenneth Murray (MD'72)