Ray Markham, MD

Medical Director, Rural CPD Program

Ray Markham has worked in rural family practice for over 25 years. He has had a diverse and productive medical career that has taken him across the globe. Born and raised in Zimbabwe and then trained in South Africa, Dr. Markham first emigrated to Canada in 1992, where he practiced for three years in rural Newfoundland. In 1995, he began a seven-year career in General Practice with the British Army in the UK. During that time, he was awarded the Sydney Herbert Medal and Prize for achievement in post-graduate medical officer training, and the Queen Mother Prize for GP vocational training.  In 2002, Dr. Markham returned to Canada and settled with his family in Valemount, British Columbia where he still lives. He has been practicing family medicine there ever since in both clinical and emergency-room settings. He has been heavily involved in a variety of community health outreach and educational initiatives, leading the local transition to an electronic medical record system, establishing the Northern Interior Rural Division of Family Practice as one of its founding directors, and sitting on a number of regional and provincial committees. In 2009, Dr. Markham was awarded the Order of British Columbia for “steadfastly, unwaveringly, and intentionally serving the community of Valemount, despite the many challenges faced by rural medical caregivers.” He took on the role of UBC Rural CPD Medical Director in June of 2013 and in Jan 2016 as Executive Director of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC. In 2018 Dr Markham was awarded a Fellowship of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada.
He states that he intends to continue to practice rural family medicine for the rest of his career.

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