Dr. D. Gregory (Greg) Powell, O.C., MD FRCPC; Vice-Chair

Foothills, AB

Greg is Professor Emeritus, Family & Emergency Medicine, University of Calgary; Founder & Director Emeritus, STARS; Officer, Order of Canada 2006, and Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. He is currently retired and takes on projects and professional activities as a volunteer. His present volunteer roles include being a community member with Alberta Donates LIFE Coalition; a member of the Lions Club; and a STARS Ambassador. Before retirement, Greg had a colourful career in emergency medicine and academia, including the founding of STARS air ambulance and the introduction of sophisticated human patient simulation to enhance education of healthcare providers. He also was licensed as a multi-engine IFR pilot.

Greg joined the Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC) in February 2017. Beyond interacting with the healthcare system in a professional capacity as a physician, Greg has had a long standing medical condition since birth. As a patient, he has required ongoing specialized care, including interface with the organ transplant system. Additionally, Greg has supported family and friends with navigation of the healthcare system. Greg joined the PFAC because he has a strong interest in contributing to the improvement of care delivery and safety of the healthcare system and he wants to “pay it forward” from the long-standing care he has received over many years.