My name is Heather Patterson. I am an adult and paediatric emergency physician and photographer based in Calgary, Canada.
My current project is a wellness-based documentary photography initiative which shares the chronological visual story of the people who have experienced the pandemic first-hand. It also offers the opportunity for health care providers to reflect on our experiences and look forward with hope during our current healthcare system crisis.
Intimate images of healthcare workers, support staff, patients and families, shed light on the compassion, teamwork, and even joy that can be found amidst tragedy. The images and stories highlight love and loss, kindness and grace, and the importance of authenticity during an epidemic of burnout, delivering a message that is relevant and critically important during our current health-care crisis.
Heather Patterson, BScH, MD, FRCPC Emergency Medicine
All photos taken and posted with AHS approval and individual consent.
July 15, 2021 | Alberta Medical Association
June 11, 2021 | College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
June 1, 2021 | Maclean's Magazine
May 8, 2021 | CTV News Channel
May 1, 2021 | City News Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto
April 23, 2021 | 770 News Radio
PhotoDoc: An Interview with Dr. Heather Patterson
April 23, 2021 | CTV Calgary
April 8, 2021 | Calgary Health Foundation
Mar 22, 2021 | Maclean's Magazine
Mar 18, 2021 | Calgary Herald
'Speaks to the strength of our team': How Calgary's health-care workers managed one year of the pandemic
Jan 18, 2021 | Global Calgary
Calgary ER doctor takes sabbatical to photograph colleagues on COVID-19 front lines
Jan 15, 2021 | CTV Calgary
Photos from inside Calgary COVID-19 wards
Jan 15, 2021 | COVID Kindness, Canadian Medical Association
ER doctor captures humanity and hope through hospital photography project
Jan 14, 2021 | CBC Calgary
Calgary ER doctor captures life on the frontlines of pandemic through photography project
Jan 14, 2021 | CBC Calgary Radio