Meet Dr. Morris Gordon, Medisys Vancouver
Dr. Morris Gordon was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, and graduated from the University of British Columbia Medical School in 1977. He practiced emergency medicine from 1978 through 2007, and ran a busy family practice from 1984-2017. Dr. Gordon has always taken a preventive approach to health with his patients, and joined the Medisys team in 2008. With his extensive experience in both family and emergency medicine, Dr. Gordon is well recognized in the community as a leader in primary care.
Why did you decide to become a doctor? Do you want an honest answer, or one you can put in your article? The truth is that a friend and I were at a pub one night, and decided to apply to medical school, mostly because we thought it would be a good way to get girls. Initial motivations aside, it’s been a fabulous career choice for me. I enjoy working with patients every day, helping them make changes to improve their health. Even though, like many young people, I chose my career somewhat at random, picking medicine turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
What’s your secret to raising healthy, well-adjusted kids? Try not to kill your teenagers, because one day they may give you grandchildren!! Remember that everything is a phase. Things change….stay the course.
What keeps you inspired? My wife and my kids… And looking out my window at the mountains.
Why Medisys? I’ve worked in emergency medicine and family practice for 30 years. In the public system, it can be hard to practice preventive care because of time pressures. My work at Medisys is very rewarding – it enables me to spend quality time with my patients, and work collaboratively with a team of experts to help people make positive changes. I love that, at Medisys, our clients tend to assume accountability for their own health. It’s refreshing to work with people that take ownership of the information we give them, and don’t give excuses as to why they can’t make a change for the better. It’s also great having other health professionals, like kinesiologists and dieticians, in our clinic, so that I know my patients will get quality advice in a timely manner.
What do you do to unwind? Anything active. I ski, cycle, play tennis, walk, golf (badly) and hike. I even took up curling!! My wife will tell you I just can’t sit still. My life is just better when I’m busy. I also believe that being active is the most important thing a person can do to maintain good health.
What was your first job? I sold popcorn at the local baseball stadium. I often ate more than I sold.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Don’t sweat the small stuff. I try to keep it in mind from day to day, and maintain both my sense of humor and my sense of perspective.