Congratulations to our Mentor and Friend: Dr. Jack Taunton

Drs. Warburton and Bredin would like to congratulate Dr. Jack Taunton on receiving another milestone and his enormous success during the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Drs. Warburton and Bredin and their respective trainees are indebted to the kindness, support, and opportunities afforded by Dr. Jack Taunton while at the University of British Columbia. His support of the Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention Unit and affiliated laboratories has been remarkable. As such, we are honoured to acknowledge another milestone in Dr. Taunton’s career. Dr. Taunton recently received the BC College of Family Physicians (BCCFP) Exceptional Contribution to Family Medicine. Dr. Taunton’s contribution to the health and well-being of Canadians is truly remarkable. This is captured nicely in the article provided the BCCFP (

“Dr. Jack Taunton spent over four years as the Chief Medical Officer for 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. He was responsible for planning the care of 3,200 athletes and coaches, 2,500 Olympic and Parlaympic Family members, 10,000 media, 25,000 volunteers/workforce and the thousands of spectators. This included facility planning, working with Vancouver Coastal Health, regarding H1N1, and the BC Emergency Preparedness and Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada, recruitment, anti-doping, pre-game test events, legacy programs and research. In the end, the Olympic Olympic Games treated 8,911 patients (compared to 5,700 in Turin), the Paralympic Games treated 2,680 (1,100 in Turin) with Imaging of 1,000 (Olympic) and 333 (Paralympic) and Therapy of 2,000 (Olympic) and 1,000 (Paralympic). The Medical Program for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games were rated as the BEST EVER for the summer or winter games.

Dr. Taunton also co-founded and has a clinical practice in Sports Medicine at the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre, a world renowned clinical teaching and research centre. He was the director of the Centre for 25 years and is a Professor in the Division of Sports Medicine in the Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.”

We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to our mentor and friend. Dr. Taunton continues to be a source of inspiration for our team. He provides a shining example of what someone can achieve through hard work, dedication, and compassion for others. Congratulations Jack, you are truly deserving!

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