Dr. Kara Solmundson is a Family Medicine Physician and a Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician at the Copeman Healthcare Centre in Vancouver. She completed her Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) and medical degrees at the University of Manitoba. She completed her Family Medicine Residency, followed by a Sports and Exercise Medicine Fellowship and Master’s Degree in Exercise Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She is fully credentialed in Family Medicine and Sports and Exercise Medicine.
In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Solmundson is involved in academics, research and medical education. She was a UBC Clinical Scholar and pursued a Master’s Degree in exercise prescription in medical education. Her findings were shared at the International Exercise Medicine conference, the Canadian Family Medicine Forum and were published in the peer-reviewed Canadian Medical Education Journal. She recently collaborated with physicians across Canada on educating physicians and allied health care practitioners in exercise medicine, and published the improved physician exercise counselling and prescription practices in the journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. She continues to actively educate physicians and allied health care practitioners in exercise medicine.
Dr. Solmundson is a UBC Clinical Instructor for the Faculty of Medicine in the departments of Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. She enjoys teaching medical students, residents and being an invited lecturer at medical conferences. She teaches beyond the medical community and loves going to schools to educate kids on ways to be healthy. She is engaged in outreach initiatives such as the “Be Active Every Day” program, where community physicians partner with elementary schools to educate children, teachers and parents on health, physical activity and nutrition.
Dr. Solmundson is active in the Sports Medicine Community and sits on the board of directors of the BC Sports Medicine Research Foundation, the Doctors of BC Athletics and Recreation Committee, and the Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine’s Health Enhancing Physical Activity Committee (HEPA). She has been an examiner for the Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine national certification exam. She is a member of the Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine (CASEM), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), The International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS), Exercise is Medicine Canada (EIMC), Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaboration, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), the Global Physical Activity Network, in addition to the Canadian and BC Colleges of Family Physicians and BC College of Physicians and Surgeons.
In addition to providing patient care in a clinical setting, Dr. Solmundson is experienced in providing live event medical coverage. She has provided medical support to a variety of events, including the 2010 Olympic Games, mass endurance events, national men’s volleyball, UBC men’s hockey and football, the World Police & Fire Games, the National Ballet, and Ironman triathlons.
As a 2000 Olympic Games badminton athlete herself, Dr. Solmundson is a passionate advocate for health promotion and the key role of physical activity, nutrition and lifestyle in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Dr. Solmundson enjoys working with people of all ages, and delights in supporting and empowering her patients to be more physically active and to embrace healthier lifestyles. Witnessing her patients’ improvements and the transformation in their health, happiness and quality of life, fuels her passion to help anew every day. When not engaged in medicine, you can find Dr. Solmundson with her husband chasing their two young boys along the trails on the North Shore.
You can follow Dr. Solmundson on twitter @MD_HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living)
Dr. Kara Solmundson is supported by Clinical Care Coordinator, Tina Bradley