A renowned Regina physician was recently recognized for his decades of work in Saskatchewan pediatrics.
Dr. Biswa Datta was awarded the Physician of the Year award during the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) Virtual Representative Assembly on October 30.
“Winning this award is a great honor and recognition,” said Dr. Datta. “This kind of recognition draws attention to the work we do and creates awareness.”
His father was a family physician and he was eager to follow in his footsteps. After completing his education in Bangladesh and England, he began pediatric training—a pivotal moment when he realized it was his life’s calling.
“Children are vulnerable because they often cannot explain how they are feeling. The pediatrician’s challenge is often to break through this silence and find a cure,” he said.
Dr. Datta came to Saskatchewan in 1973, as chief resident and teaching fellow in pediatrics at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. In 1976, he began to practice in Yorkton. Since 2001, he has been based at Regina General Hospital.
He recalls the hard work and sacrifices within his own career—including being the only pediatrician in Yorkton for a period of time — but wouldn’t have it any other way.
“The satisfaction and fulfillment at the end of the day is rewarding when you have made a child and their family feel better,” he said. “The purpose of life is to make a difference—through your profession, you can make a big difference.”