Damon showed an interest in humanitarianism, healthcare and technology at an early age. He obtained his Microsoft systems engineer certification at the age of 12 and volunteered as a webmaster for various health organizations while running an active consultancy. He also started a campaign raising funds to clear landmines in Cambodia through the United Nation’s Adopt-a-Minefield program.
As a Loran Scholar, Damon chose to attend the University of British Columbia. He majored in general science and then switched to the cognitive systems program. While studying cognitive systems, he started a community outreach club, coordinated a youth project and worked part-time as a network administrator for Unisoft. Damon subsequently attended medical school at McMaster University and completed his family practice residency at UBC. He now practices as a family doctor and hospitalist at St. Paul’s Hospital. –
In 2012, Damon founded a health software company that now has 10 employees in its Vancouver and Toronto offices. InputHealth re-envisions the paradigm of health record keeping through its Collaborative Health Record platform, which helps patients and providers share information more easily. “Engaged patients make better decisions without high cost to the health-care system. If we can prevent a heart attack from happening, that’s better than performing surgery.”
In addition to practicing medicine and leading InputHealth, Damon is an associate clinical instructor at UBC. He serves on the CATA Mobile Health advisory board, the HelpGuide.org editorial review board and the Vancouver Division of Family Practice IT committee. He also serves as the technology lead for eTHR, an award-winning electronic trauma health record application used in South Africa.
“Loran is not just a scholarship, it’s about joining a community – being part of something larger, a brand of excellence and of service.”