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 practiced emergency medicine until 2013. Since 2013, Dr. Lam has worked in addictions medicine, and from 2013 to 2016 was an associate at TrueNorth Medical Centre. In 2016, Dr. Lam became the medical director of Coderix Medical Clinic.

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)
  • The Headmaster’s Wager (2012)
  • 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
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