When nephrologist Dr. Anurag Singh started his medical training in his home town of Amritsar in India, it's a safe bet he couldn't have imagined his career path would eventually lead to Prince George.
But so it has, and Anurag is happy with that. Since his appointment as medical director for Northern Health's renal program in October 2013, he and his young family have enjoyed the experience of winter in the north and the kinds of activities – like skiing and snowshoeing – that help make winter fun.
In fact, it was during a visit to Canada in 2010 that Anurag and his wife found they "loved the nature and the laid-back lifestyle" of the country and decided BC was where they wanted to live.
At the time they lived in the UK, where Anurag had completed his nephrology training and had dedicated many years to medical research.
"My main research interest," says Anurag, "was exploring the mechanisms of kidney disease." He was intrigued by the linkages at the cellular level between kidney disease and the high incidence of heart and vascular disease in kidney patients.
In moving to Prince George, Anurag says he has found "an ideal situation" that offers clinical work in addition to research and teaching opportunities through the University Hospital of Northern BC. Meanwhile his wife, who is a pediatric radiologist, is working to improve and standardize pediatric imaging protocols for Northern Health.
In his role as the nephrology lead for Northern Health, Anurag says he is excited by the challenges of improving care for people in communities across the vastness of northern British Columbia.
"We have a great team here... and we've agreed on what needs to be done," says Anurag. "It's a big challenge, but I think we're at a stage where can start to make some real changes to improve care for people in communities across the north."