Dr. Penny Tam


Clinical Assistant Professor


Vancouver General Hospital


Dr. Penny Tam is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC and works as a General Internist at Vancouver General Hospital. She completed medical school at Queen’s University and her post-graduate training at UBC.

Dr. Tam completed additional training in Quality and Patient Safety through the University of Toronto’s Patient Safety Certificate Course and Intermountain Health’s Mini-Advanced Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement. She is the Medical Director for Quality on Acute Medicine at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and sits on the VGH Clinical Teaching Unit Quality Improvement Committee, Vancouver Acute Quality and Patient Safety Council, and Vancouver Coastal Health Choosing Wisely Steering Committee.


  • Quality and patient safety
  • Morbidity and mortality rounds
  • Choosing Wisely Canada
  • Perioperative medicine

View Publications on PubMed


Quality Improvement in Handover of General Internal Medicine Inpatients (2011)
Reducing Daily Labs on Acute Medicine: A Pilot to Implement Choosing Wisely Canada (2016)
Preventability of 28-day Hospital Readmissions in Clinical Teaching Unit Patients (2017)


Canadian Medical Protective Association Grant (2011)