Kim Adzich is a community palliative care physician and general practitioner oncologist on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Prior to this, he focused his career for over 35 years on rural family medicine and palliative care, working across Canada as well as in New Zealand. He has an interest in international health, obtaining a diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene (London), and was involved in famine relief work in Ethiopia in 1985 with a non-governmental organization.
He has had a passion for palliative care throughout his career as a family physician, and served as a medical advisor for the Central Alberta Palliative Care Program (2005-2016) before focusing his practice solely on community palliative care in the Niagara Region of Ontario (2017-2019), including educating medical students and residents about palliative care in his role as an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) of McMaster University. His interests include medical education, helping to build capacity in rural palliative care in Canada, as well as global palliative care. Dr. Adzich has been a longtime supporter of BELhospice, a community palliative care program in Belgrade, Serbia. His involvement with BELhospice and visits to Serbia have been an enriching aspect of his medical career; in 2019 that organization recognized Dr. Adzich for his long-term support.
He has been a continuous member of IAHPC since 2008 and greatly appreciates the work of international advocacy, education, and capacity building across the globe done by IAHPC.
Dr. Adzich is married and when not working loves to travel and photograph landscapes around the world.