Dr. Hal Siden: Caring For Our Children and Families
December 8, 2015
Caring is at the heart of everything we do and each day we are grateful for the way our clinical team delivers care and hope to our patients in the most unimaginable circumstances.
Canuck Place Medical Director, Dr. Hal Siden who, as a leading specialist in pediatric palliative care, has played a vital role in caring for our children and families for the past 16 years.
Whether he is seen around Canuck Place with his faithful four-legged sidekick, Poppy, helping children and families who need their support, or mentoring the next generation of pediatric palliative care providers, Dr. Hal’s passion for providing care can be seen through his knowledge of pediatric palliative medicine.
Early in his career, he realized he wanted to help the children he was caring for in a different way.
“I was a physician caring for a lot of kids that I couldn’t cure, but I realized I could still make a difference in their lives. That was really important to me as a doctor.”
This past November, Dr. Hal was presented with the Dr. Parminder Singh Award of Distinction by the BC Pediatric Society for his leading work in the field of pediatrics.
“Through his work at Canuck Place he cares for over 160 conditions and illnesses, we are proud to see him honoured by his colleagues with this special award,” said Margaret McNeil, Canuck Place CEO. “In his leadership of our clinical team, every day we witness his innate drive to provide the best quality of care for the kids and support families in their greatest time of need.”
While some days are harder then most, Dr. Hal’s care extends far beyond treatment and he appreciates the time spent with the children.
“My favourites are the days I can be outside in the back, shooting pucks or baskets with one of the kids, and it just feels like a normal kid on a normal day.”
Dr. Hal, we are so lucky to have you as part of our team and are grateful for the care you provide each and every day.