Elaine Mah
Written by Elaine O'Connor, Senior Consultant, Communications

“I’m from a family of 10 children. I’m used to going with the flow – that helps in caring for women in labour. Delivering a healthy baby is very life-affirming. It’s what I love to do.”

"I didn’t mean to go into medicine. I wanted to be a scientist so I studied chemistry and biochemistry at UBC. I eat, sleep and dream science, but learned I’m not a researcher. So I took medical biochemistry and pathology, then became an OB/GYN. I had a sense I could help people.  

I’m from a family of 10 children, the oldest of eight sisters, plus two brothers. I’m used to going with the flow in a big family – that helps in caring for women in labour. Delivering a healthy baby is very life-affirming. It’s what I love to do. Once I caught a baby in my skirt it came so quickly.

I chose to work in a community hospital; I enjoy the collegiality, it’s like family. I live in Langley and have volunteered for the hospital foundation on the board and golf tournaments. I’m a science fiction fan – I love Stargate, attend sci-fi conventions and volunteer as event doctor. Once, I looked after the mother of a star on Lex. I also love Marvel Universe films, although as a child I preferred DC comics. I’m idealistic – my favourite’s Superman." 

-- Dr. Elaine Mah, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Langley Memorial Hospital

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