Dr. Bell graduated in Medicine from UBC in 1986. She completed her 1-year Rotating Internship at Victoria General Hospital in 1987 and attained her CCFP in 2000 and FCFP in 2011. She has lived in Comox since 1989, working in Cumberland from 1990 to 2007 at the Cumberland Medical Clininc followed by 3 years in Courtenay at ValleyCare Medical Clinic. Dr. Bell left the ValleyCare group in 2010 to build and run Southwood Medical Clinic which opened in June 2010. She continues to be the lead physician at Southwood.
Dr. Bell has been a full-time preceptor in the UBC Family Practice Residency Program (Strathcona site - Comox Valley) since its inception in 2013. You can; therefore, expect to see a resident working beside her in the office at most times of the year. Please be assured that Dr. Bell Personally reviews and approves all the residents' work.
Dr. Bell has resigned her Acute Care privileges at the Comox Valley Hospital but remains active in the care of elderly patients who are in the hospital and awaiting placement in a care facility. If you are in hospital, you may have a visit from Dr. Bell or one of her residents, but she will not be in charge of your care. Dr. Bell has also assumed the care of an increasing number of care facility patients in our community. She regularly sees patients at The Views at St. Joseph's, Glacierview lodge and the Comox Valley Senior's Village.
Dr. Bell enjoys music, swimming, reading and travel in her free time.
Dr. Abdulkader graduated in 1995 from Tikrit University College Of Medicine (TUCOM) in Iraq. She completed 2 years of post-graduate training and has worked as a GP since 1997. She has worked in Iraq, Sultanate in Oman, United Arab Emirates. She has a diploma in obstetrics and women's health from the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians in Ireland and is an international member of the Royal College of General Practitioners U.K. Dr. Abdulkader came to Canada in 2014 and has lived on Vancouver Island since 2017. She has full privileges at the North Island Hospital the Comox Valley Campus.
Dr. Abdulkader enjoys going for sea side walks with her family in her free time.
Dr. Ganiyu completed his postgraduate medical training in Family Medicine and Primary Care in the Republic of South Africa. In quest for more knowledge and skills, he proceeded to University of Liverpool, United Kingdom for postgraduate training in Public Health and graduated with a Masters of Public Health.
He is an experienced Family Physician with a special interests in Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, Chronic Disease Management, Women’s Health, Mental Health Care, Pain Management, Sexual Medicine, and Office Based Surgical Procedures. He works well within teams and with other stakeholders and can be trusted with attention to detail. He excel in communication and interpersonal connections. He has full privileges at the Comox Valley location of the North Island Hospital.
Dr. Chifor graduated for University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She completed postgraduate training UBC and a fellowship/R3 in geriatrics UBC. Dr. Chifor works as a family physician, Clinical instructor UBC, Medical Director Glacier View Lodge and Comox Valley Seniors Village, and WorksafeBC Medical Advisor.