The department is saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Phil White on December 20 of pancreatic cancer. Dr. White served as the Medical Director and one of the original Chairs of the BC Cancer Agency’s Family Practice Oncology Network since its establishment in 2002. Under his leadership, the Network developed its nationally renowned General Practitioner in Oncology Training Program; its nationally accredited Oncology CME Webcast Program, its well read Journal of Family Practice Oncology, its annually sold-out Family Practice Oncology CME Day; and, with the University of British Columbia’s Division of Continuing Professional Development, its series of community cancer workshops for family physicians. Dr. White also led the development and publication of a collection of cancer care guidelines customized specifically for family physicians.
He truly believed in the Network’s rationale of supporting family physicians to strengthen their oncology skills and knowledge, and to take on a greater role in caring for their cancer patients. He very much valued the dedication and efforts of his fellow Council members in this regard.
Along with his role with the Agency, Dr. White was also a highly regarded family physician in Kelowna and Chief of Staff at Kelowna General Hospital from 1983 to 2001. He was also an active member of the Doctors of BC, a board member of Ovarian Cancer Canada and took part enthusiastically in many other initiatives dedicated to improving primary care oncology.
Details regarding memorial plans will be shared as soon as they are available.