Canadian Medical Association

Canmore, Alta.; University of British Columbia (UBC), 2014; family medicine. Died Jan. 11, 2020, aged 34, of injuries sustained in an avalanche in Banff National Park, Alberta. Survived by her husband, Adam Campbell. “Following her undergraduate years, Laura volunteered in South and Central America. She returned to Vancouver in 2010 to begin studies in the MD program at UBC. During medical school, Laura quickly fell in love with rural medicine and travelled across BC to provide essential care to rural communities. Laura additionally travelled to South Africa, where she volunteered her care in the impoverished townships of Soweto. After medical school, she was accepted into the prestigious residency program in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, University of Calgary. Moving closer to the Rockies reawakened Laura’s deep love of the mountains. She quickly became a skilled ultramarathon runner, mountaineer and backcountry skier. During her residency, Laura continued to volunteer in rural communities in Canada and abroad, including an extended stay in a remote village in Guatemala. Two years into her anesthesiology residency, and after a difficult period of soul searching, Laura decided to switch her practice to family medicine, believing that this was the best way she could have a lasting impact on her patients’ lives. Laura finished her residency in 2017, and moved with Adam to Canmore to start her family medicine practice. Laura loved being a ‘family doc’ in a small town. She treated her patients with compassion and skill and, although her career was brief, it was widely and deeply felt.”