Ottawa, Ontario - June 1, 2018

Dr. Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia is a physician, mentor, and community leader in Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador. Dr. Ravalia holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Rhodesia, in present-day Zimbabwe.

Dr. Ravalia overcame the apartheid in Zimbabwe and found the community environment he was missing in his native country in rural Newfoundland and Labrador. His deep appreciation for the province, its landscape, and its people comes from his unique experience as an immigrant.

Dr. Ravalia is currently a family physician, as well as a Senior Medical Officer at the Notre Dame Bay Memorial Health Centre. He is also an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and the Assistant Dean of Rural Medical Education Network at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is a member of many medical organizations, including the Medical Council of Canada NAC3 Committee, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, and the Atlantic Provinces Medical Peer Review. He is also a representative to the Group on Regional Medical Campuses. Due to his expertise, he was also consulted on the Primary Health Care Framework for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Beyond his professional commitments, Dr. Ravalia is also an active member of his community who worked throughout his career to reach marginalized peoples and communities.

Dr. Ravalia has been recognized for his dedication to the medical field and his contribution to rural medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador. He has been awarded the Canadian Family Physician of the Year Award and received the Order of Canada. In 2012, Dr. Ravalia was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Dr. Ravalia and his wife Dianne have two sons, Adam and Mikhail. During his free time, he enjoys travelling, reading, and playing golf.

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