Vincent Lam

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For Dr. Vincent Lam, becoming a doctor and caring for patients has been the ultimate form of character study. He lives in the worlds of both medicine and writing, with each enriching the other. Raised in Ottawa, Dr. Lam did his medical training in Toronto, where he now practices emergency medicine.

His past work in medicine also includes international air evacuation work and expedition medicine on Arctic and Antarctic ships. Dr. Vincent Lam is from the expatriate Chinese community of Vietnam,

Major works include:

  • Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures (2006)
  • The Flu Pandemic and You (2003)
  • Extraordinary Canadians - Tommy Douglas (2011)
  • Dr. Lam's non-fiction writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Toronto Star, Toronto Life Magazine and The New York Times.

Notable awards

  • Scotiabank Giller Prize, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures - the 32 year-old recipient became the youngest writer to ever win the award