Dr Matthew Chow

Dr Matthew Chow, Doctors of BC President

Dr Matthew Chow is a dedicated Vancouver-based psychiatrist specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry. He has practiced in acute tertiary settings, performed outreach visits to rural and remote sites, and offered virtual visits for close to a decade – and he loves what he does.

“I love making connections – whether it’s the connection between doctor and patient, the connection between behaviours and outcomes, or even the connection between changing demographics and the future of our healthcare system.”

Dr Chow has been involved in medical leadership for a number of years and stepped into the role of PresideDr%20Matthew%20Chow%20nt of Doctors of BC after holding positions such as co-chair of the Specialist Services Committee and Doctors of BC representative on the Medical Services Commission, among others.

He became President while BC is still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is changing the way medical care is delivered. “I want our profession to not just survive this pandemic, but to thrive in spite of it,” says Dr Chow. “This is our once-in-a-century moment to show how our unique blend of scientific knowledge, technical skill, and humanism is crucial for the well-being of society. I want us to pull together as one because behind the credentials, masks, and goggles, we are fundamentally all human beings struggling through these challenging times.”

During his one-year term, which started December 11, 2020, Dr Chow is focusing on the following priorities:

  • Unity of the profession – working together as one.
  • Addressing mental health challenges for both the public and physician post-COVID, and
  • Supporting greater diversity and inclusion 

Through the upcoming year, Dr Chow will hold at the forefront his motto to “leave something in better shape than when you found it.” To contact him, please e-mail and follow him on Twitter @drmattchow.