John Sloan, M.D.

Dr John Sloan designed his innovative family-doctor practice to keep his frail elderly patients out of the hospital. He visits them at home, and collaborates with home care nurses, mental health teams, and others in the community. The practice he founded has now been adopted by the Vancouver Hospital geriatric unit and is expanding. As well as his medical qualifications he holds a degree in English and Philosophy, and a graduate degree in Biology. He works as a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 30 years' practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He is the author of “A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly", published in 2009 by Greystone Books. Also the author of a textbook on geriatrics, he has lectured throughout Canada and in Europe and the United States, and is sought-after as an inspirational speaker on the care of the elderly.