Some people have said that Dr. Ray Markham is a unique physician.
Dr. Markham is a career rural doctor who steadfastly, unwaveringly and intentionally serves the community of Valemont despite many challenges faced by rural medical care givers.
From the many stories that have been told to us, Dr. Markham has found ways to make it work – both resourcefully and sometimes, unconventionally.
He championed computerized medical records.
He opened a medical clinic in the evening for working people.
He advocated for a local rehabilitation centre.
Dr. Markham has performed surgery after the electricity went out, and during his lunch hour.
He calls patients at home to make sure they’re okay.
He has helped them move furniture.
He provides palliative care so people can die at home.
He makes house calls.
His patients commonly refer to his friendly hand-shake, and the fact they never feel rushed in his presence.
Born and educated in Africa, he practiced South Africa, Newfoundland, and in the British Army in such places as Antarctica and Kenya. He earned The Sydney Herbert Medal and Prize for achievement in post-graduate medical officers training, and the Queen Mother Prize for GP vocational training.