About Us

Dr. Phillip van der Merwe is a Calgary community-based family physician who provides comprehensive primary care in a patient-partnered medical home. He’s part of a skilled interdisciplinary team that regularly welcomes and mentors University of Calgary medical students and residents.

With a passion for primary care and optimizing the patient experience, Dr. van der Merwe leads by example in Alberta’s transition to the Patient’s Medical Home as the new standard of care. He was a founder of the Calgary West Central Primary Care Network – the largest PCN in Alberta, numbering 500 physicians. Having lead the design and ratification of a new formal Governance Framework for PCNs this summer, he believes this will provide the next springboard for an integrated Primary Health Care system, driving Health Care System reform as a whole by bringing together government, health system delivery services and primary health care providers. He remains actively involved as the AMA’s Medical Advisor to Alberta Health.

Education / Registration / Certification:

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Calgary
C.C.F.P., Canadian College of Family Physicians of Canada
Full registration, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
Full registration, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
A.T.L.S certification
A.C.L.S certification
Full registration, General Medical Council (United Kingdom)
Full registration, South African Medical Council
Graduated, M.B., Ch.B., University of Stellenbosch, South Africa


  • University of Calgary Medical School - Mentor, teacher, preceptor and examiner
  • College of Physicians & Surgeons - PAR review committee, Disruptive Physician Advisory Panel
  • Alberta Medical Association - Section of GP executive, Representative Forum delegate
    (representing Calgary, SGP or PCNs)
  • Calgary West Central PCN - Founding director & board member
  • Calgary and Area PCN Physician Advisory Committee - Chair
  • Provincial PCN Physician Leads Executive - Co-chair
  • Provincial Joint Venture PCN Committee - Co-chair
  • PCN Evolution Initiative - Committee member
  • Primary Care Alliance (PCA) - Executive
  • Minister's PCN Consultation Committee - Member
  • Minister's Provincial Primary Health Care Steering Committee - Appointed member
  • Minister's Working Group - Drafted Primary Health Care Strategy for Alberta
  • Primary Health Care Strategy for Alberta, Primary Care Integration AI3 Working Group - Chair, Expert advisory group on ‘standards’
  • Minister's Provincial Primary Care Network Committee - Member
  • Minister's PCN Panel - Comprised of Deputy Minister, CEO AMA, CEO AHS, PCN appointee
  • Elected Calgary area representative to the Representative Forum of the Alberta Medical Association
  • Elected member, executive of Section of General Practice, Alberta Medical Association
  • Board member of PCPA ( Primary Care Physicians Association) and CAPA (Calgary Area Physicians Association)
  • Board member of the CWC PCN (Calgary West Central Primary Care Network)
  • Board member on the PAR committee (Physician Achievement Review). This is a body that mandates a review of all Alberta physicians performance every 5 years. This review is conducted by patients, peers, health care professionals and co workers.
  • Active at the University of Calgary medical school teaching medical skills, acting as a preceptor during medical student exams, conducting interviews of medical school applicants and examiner for the L.M.C.C.(licensing exam for all Canadian physicians)
  • Section of Family Practices representative on selection committee for new head of Cardiac Sciences at the U of C.
Family practice in association with Dr. Margot McLean and Dr. Martin Harvey
Director for AIDS Calgary
Full time clinician at MDM Beddington Clinic
Director for Moose Jaw Mental Health Board
General Practitioner, office based, with on call duty at two local hospitals with full privileges, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Senior House Officer, Care of the Elderly Medicine, Orsett Hospital, Essex, England
Senior House Officer, Psycho-geriatric medicine, East Ham Memorial Hospital, London, England
Senior House Officer, Medical Paediatrics, Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital, Aberdeen, Scotland Experience in Community Paediatrics, Infectious Diseases, Oncology, Neonatal ICU with training in procedures like endo tracheal intubation, resuscitation, ventilation, umbilical artery catheterization and chest drain placement
Various locum positions in hospitals, London, England
Senior House Officer, Orthopaedics and General Surgery, Royal Isle of Wight Hospital, England
Medical Officer, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town,  South Africa. Experience in mini laparotomies for ectopic pregnancies, evacuations, post partum tubal ligations, Bartholin abscess marsupialization, D & C s, Caesarian sections, ventouse, forceps and breach deliveries
House Officer, General Surgery and Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, Tygerberg Hospital
House Officer, General Medicine, Tygerberg Hospital
Elective in Surgical Oncology, Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans, USA