Dr. Phillip W. van der Merwe is a Calgary community-based family physician who provides comprehensive primary care in a patient-partnered medical home. He’s part of a skilled interdisciplinary team that regularly welcomes and mentors University of Calgary medical students and residents.
With a passion for primary care and optimizing the patient experience, Dr. van der Merwe leads by example in Alberta’s transition to the patient’s medical home as the new standard of care. He was a founder of the Calgary West Central Primary Care Network – the largest PCN in Alberta, numbering 500 physicians. Having led the design and ratification of a new formal governance framework for PCNs during 2017, he believes this will provide the next springboard for an integrated primary health care system, driving system reform as a whole by bringing together government, health system delivery services and primary health care providers.
Dr. van der Merwe was actively involved as the Alberta Medical Association’s medical advisor to Alberta Health during 2018.