The new MP for Charleswood–St. James–Assiniboia–Headingley, Doug Eyolfson, is a successful emergency room doctor at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. He served as medical director of the Manitoba land ambulance program and worked as an assistant professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, his alma mater.
Eyolfson spent time with the Manitoba Air Ambulance, providing emergency care to people in remote areas. He spent time researching hypothermia and published an article in the European Journal of Applied Physiology.
In 2013 Eyolfson was credited with saving the life of a transit passenger who was in cardiac arrest. The media dubbed him the, “Transit Angel”. After the incident the Heart and Stroke Foundation presented him with a Resuscitation Award. He is passionate about issues that he says he faced on a daily basis in the ER including chronic illness and addiction, poverty, mental health, affordable housing and inadequate access to care.
He is married and his wife is a fellow physician. Eyolfson is also a marathoner with a goal to run a marathon in every province and territory.