Health Care Hero – Dr. Dana Haaf

April 10, 2017

We are very excited to congratulate the latest Health Care Hero, Dr. Dana Haaf, a general practitioner at Lions Gate Hospital. Congratulations Dr. Haaf!

After a North Shore resident made a donation to the Foundation specifically naming Dr. Haaf as their Health Care Hero, we were pleased to recognize him for his outstanding level of care and service to our community. Dr. Haaf was presented with a Health Care Hero pin and recognition letter.

We asked him some questions about his career and here’s what he had to say:

Why did you choose to become a doctor?

This is a short question with a long answer, but to be succinct, I wanted a career that was intellectually challenging for a lifetime, provided opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives, and allows me to be autonomous in my thinking but have opportunities to work with others in teams.

How long have you worked on the North Shore and at Lions Gate?

12 years.

What is your favourite part about what you do?

I get to solve mysteries for people every day. 

Do you have a favourite patient story (names can be anonymous of course)?

There are too many to recall specifically, but there have been a few occasions when I had the privilege to bring life into the world with a birth, and was part of a dignified palliative death. Both of these experiences are richly emotionally rewarding, and only a family doctor gets to experience these occasions. 

Is there anything else you’d like to share about working at LGH?

Working side by side with extremely knowledgeable specialists, some of the most brilliant minds, caring nurses, and dedicated allied health workers, is very humbling; some amazing things can get done in some seemingly hopeless situations that bring a bit of joy and happiness to families and patients.

Is there anything else you’d like to share about your career history or how you got to where you are today? Inspirations etc?

It took me several attempts to get into medical school, teaching me that perseverance is the key to success in any career…and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your dreams.

Honour a Health Care Hero

You can recognize your hero by making a donation in a staff member’s honour and say thank you for the important work and care that was provided. Your hero will receive a special Health Care Hero pin and letter of thanks for a job well done from Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.

Honour a Hero

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