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David R. Richardson, MD

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Dr David Richardson joined the BCMJ Editorial Board in 2006, and became editor of the Journal in August 2008. Dr Richardson has been a general practitioner in Langley since 1992 and is on active staff at Langley Hospital. His extracurricular activities include soccer, mountain biking, and competing as a triathlete.

A terminally ill patient lies in a hospital bed, with her doctor by her side
Editorials / September 2019

“Doc, we’ve been through thick and thin together, and I need you to come through this one last time.” In 2016 when Bill C-14 was enacted, allowing medical assistance in dying (MAID) for eligible adult Canadians whose... Read More

A man has whiplash after a car accident
Editorials / June 2019

Surely there are primary care physicians who enjoy dealing with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)—I just haven’t met any of them. I am pretty confident that the family physicians in my community don’t... Read More

A doctor writes a prescription
Editorials / May 2019

I often log on to my EMR remotely to check results on days I’m not in the office. At one point, I saw a patient in the office and diagnosed him with a minor illness requiring no treatment. Later, I checked my EMR and... Read More

A computer with a Post-it note that says "haha"
Editorials / March 2019

“Do you have time to come in and say ‘hi’ to your sister?” “I have a sister? Why didn’t anyone ever tell me?” This is a conservation I recently had with my father. He was referring to my mother, but his addled... Read More

A person dials an office-style phone
Editorials / January/February 2019

“Hello Mr Smith, I’m Dr Richardson and I have been assigned as your physician during your hospital stay,” I stated as I approached a frail, cognitively and hearing impaired elderly gentleman on the ward. “You have... Read More