Dr. Baharak Amir is chief of the Division of Gynecology at IWK Health and is one of three specialists in the field of pelvic reconstructive surgery across the Maritimes. She’s also an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Dalhousie University.
She sees patients with female pelvic floor dysfunction. Conditions related to pelvic floor dysfunction often negatively impact the lives of these patients and their families, and can sometimes be very debilitating.
“I provide care, including surgical correction, that can allow patients to once again fully engage in and enjoy their lives. This motivates me to continue to do what I do,” says Amir.
Amir was a young volunteer at the IWK long before her medical training and before she became a staff surgeon.
“Spending time on the wards and helping IWK staff and families was a special experience for me, and it left an indelible mark. I have wonderful memories of that time and feel fortunate to still be able to contribute in a meaningful way to the IWK and the people in our community.”
Always striving to ensure patients receive exemplary and timely care, Amir is attentive to her patients’ care experience. She advocates on their behalf and is excited about the current momentum and energy to bring gynecological care to the forefront.
“Many patients point out that in every step of their journey they were met with staff who went beyond what was expected to help and facilitate their care. Simple but meaningful actions that made them feel valued and cared for,” says Amir.
Despite the added complexity of the COVID-19 pandemic, she is quick to credit a strong team for remaining committed to ensuring the caliber of care provided never faltered.
“I look forward to my work. I enjoy the teams that I work with and the patients we look after together.”