Dr. Fred Nicholls

Dr. Fred Nicholls

Skills plus compassion - The backbone of an exemplary practice

It’s not easy to live with pain. One patient was facing his third back surgery when he met Dr. Fred Nicholls. This time, the surgery changed his life.

“It is absolutely impossible to describe the bitter pre-op pain I was experiencing. Not only was it affecting me physically, but it was also seriously affecting my mental health. I was a medic, paramedic and trauma nurse for over 40 years and have seen the good, bad and the ugly. My wife (who also worked in health care for 35 years) and I were astounded after meeting Dr. Nicholls.

“He had a very high rating as a back surgeon, but what took us by surprise was Dr. Nicholls’ demeanour. Dr. Nicholls is one of the most empathetic, kind and gentle men I have ever met. His explanations were clear and concise. I was never rushed with appointments, and his surgical skills were second to none. Dr. Nicholls gave me a new lease on life as I can finally function again!

“I don’t know how I would have managed pre-op if not for Dr. Nicholls. I cannot think of anyone who deserves Shine A Light recognition more than he.”

Dr. Nicholls is a clinical assistant professor with the department of surgery, division of orthopaedic surgery, at the U of C, and the Fellowship Director of the combined spine program. A childhood experience influenced his path to medicine. Let’s learn more about what inspired his career choice.

Learn more about Dr. Nicholls and his work in his Shine A Light profile (Alberta Doctors' Digest, May-June 2023).

About Shine A Light

Initiated by Dr. Alison Clarke during her 2018-19 term as AMA President, Shine A Light recognizes and profiles AMA member physicians who are making a difference by:

  • Spearheading projects that improve patient and/or community life
  • Diligently following/tracking patients to ensure coordinated care
  • Working long hours and adjusting schedules to meet patient needs
  • Contributing to Alberta’s vision of a high-performing health care system

Do you know a physician who goes above and beyond to care for his/her patients? If yes, please complete the Shine A Light nomination form.

Alberta Medical Association Mission: Advocate for and support Alberta physicians. Strengthen their leadership in the provision of sustainable quality care.