Dr. Nimeera Kassam
Born in Dar-e-Salaam, Tanzania, of South Asian descent, I immigrated to Canada with my parents as a 3 year old. I grew up in Richmond, BC and went to the University of Toronto for my undergraduate studies, returning in 1991 to attend UBC Medical School. Thereafter, I headed to the University of Alberta for my Family Practice Residency. What was to be a two year stay ended up being ten. Loving the variety of opportunities that Family Medicine afforded, I spent my time in a family practice clinic, working at the Edmonton Birth Control Clinic, teaching medical students and residents and serving as the Medical Director for the Sexual Assault Response Team of Edmonton (SARTE). In 2003 I returned home to Vancouver and a year later I had my son. For the next 12 years I was a part time doctor and a fulltime mom. As my son got older I started focussing more on my work.
Currently I am a primary care physician, long term care physician and the physician lead for the Tricities Urgent and Primary Care Clinic (UPCC). In September of this year I joined the Board of the Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice and in this capacity I sit on the FNW Primary Care Network (PCN) Steering Committee and the FNW Patient Medical Home (PMH) Advisory Committee. My involvement in the above mentioned areas has stirred my desire to learn more about effective leadership as it is, I have learned, critical in supporting people and teams to perform with efficiency, purpose and joy while working towards a collective goal.
Outside of work, my passion lies in nurturing my relationships with family and friends, especially with my teenage son—who is kind enough to tolerate me doting on him, and with my aging parents, ensuring they are loved and cared for. My girlfriends keep me laughing and grounded and my involvement in volunteering within my Ismaili, Muslim community is a source of deep satisfaction. I especially enjoy photography, trail running and a quiet evening on the couch watching Ted Lasso.