Dr. Jessica Chan is a family physician at the Copeman Healthcare Centre in Vancouver.
Dr. Chan received her Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree as well as her Medical Doctorate degree at the University of British Columbia. She has been practicing as a full service family physician in Vancouver since 2005.
Dr. Chan has a particular interest in developing a strong doctor-patient relationship, as she believes that prevention is most effective when the health care provider has come to understand the patient’s health journey over time. In 2015, she was awarded the distinguished F.C.F.P designation by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, which is given to family physicians who annually complete a higher level of continuing medical education.
In addition to her work as a family physician, Dr. Chan also teaches as a clinical instructor in family medicine at the University of British Columbia. She also serves as a board member of the Society of General Practitioners of B.C., as a member of the Representative Assembly of Doctors of B.C. She actively contributes to the ongoing effort to evolve our universal health care system and, in recent years, has been widely regarded by her colleagues as a resource person in the policies and protocols of our health care system.
Dr. Chan is an avid health promoter in the community, having served many years as Vice Chair of the Board with S.U.C.C.E.S.S., one of the largest immigrant-driven charities in Canada. She campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness for issues related to immigrant health, including clinical standards of care in chronic hepatitis and services for diabetic patients.
Dr. Chan was born and raised in Hong Kong, but has been calling Vancouver home for over a quarter century. She speaks and writes fluently in both Cantonese and Mandarin and has created and donated a beginners’ course of medical terminology in Chinese, geared towards non-Chinese-speaking physician trainees who are faced with a language barrier. Dr. Chan appears frequently in the Chinese media as a consultant and guest speaker on various health topics, and is a familiar event moderator in the local community.
Outside of clinic work, Dr. Chan strives to balance her community volunteer engagements with spending time with her two school-aged children (both born in Vancouver), and takes immense pleasure and pride being involved in their school life. She skis in the winter, and plucks slugs and cabbage worms from her organic edible garden in the spring and summer. She is hoping to improve her photography skills as to give her a better excuse to travel to places that are visually interesting.