Dr. Branch is currently practicing family and emergency medicine in Black Diamond, Alberta. He received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario graduating with the Richard Ivey Award for excellence in Family Medicine. He completed his residency specializing in Family Medicine at the University of Calgary and was board certified in that same year. Dr. Branch has been active in teaching resident physicians over the past twelve years and holds the title of Clinical Lecturer through the University of Calgary, Department of Family Medicine. He has received recognition for excellence in teaching and for his community service activities. Most recently Dr. Branch was honoured with a nomination for the Dr. Hal Irvine award in 2015.
Dr. Branch has a special interest in leading edge technology and how it can improve patient care and outcomes. This has contributed to him being frequently invited to participate in and chair various provincial initiatives aimed at improving primary health care; including Canada Infoway’s Integrated Clinical Working Group. He has been asked to speak at various provincial and national forums on topics of optimizing primary care clinical and administrative processes by organizations such as the Alberta Medical Association, Alberta’s Primary Care Initiative Program, the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, and the Canadian Medical Association.
Dr. Branch has participated in and led numerous medical missions around the world focused on not only providing needed care but teaching local health authorities, nurses and physicians ensuring a lasting benefit. Locally he is active in coaching and leading youth programs in the rural communities around his home in southern Alberta, Canada, where he lives with his wife and three children.
Dr. Jacques Branch, MD, CCFP