Dr. John Wade, Rheumatologist, Vancouver, BC

Dr. John Wade

Dr. John Wade

MD, FRCPC
Rheumatologist
Vancouver, BC
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Dr. John Wade Bio

Dr. John Wade is a leading rheumatologist in Canada. He believes that outstanding clinical and diagnostic assessment combined with generational change in therapeutics over the last decade have altered the lives of patients with arthritis for the better.

Dr. John Wade completed his medical studies at the University of British Columbia and Harvard Medical School. Since returning to Vancouver General Hospital and the University of British Columbia, he has focused on optimizing care for patients with arthritis and other inflammatory disorders.

He has been a leader in training future generations of doctors. Dr Wade has served as Head, Division of Rheumatology, Vancouver General Hospital; Post Graduate Medical Director, Department of Medicine , University of British Columbia; Board Member, The Arthritis Society BC and Yukon Division and President Medical Staff, Vancouver General Hospital.

Dr. Wade has spent over 20 years being a leader in continuing medical education. He believes that learning is a lifelong experience. He has chaired over 50 local, national and international medical meetings to improve doctors’ knowledge in both internal medicine and rheumatology.

Dr Wade and his colleagues at ARTUS Health Centre strive to offer outstanding care to treat patients with arthritis.

Dr. John Wade, Rheumatologist, Vancouver, BC is in good standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

If you are looking for local services or office treatment from a Rheumatologist, contact a provider such as Dr. John Wade with this phone number to book an appointment 604 875 1570

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Why did you choose your current profession?

My father was a doctor.

Who influenced your profession choice the most?

My father influenced my choice of profession the most.

Education

  • University of British Columbia
    MD
    1976 - 1980
  • University of British Columbia
    Fellowship Royal College of Canada Internal Medicine 1985
    1981 - 1985
  • University of British Columbia
    1985 - 1986
    Fellowship training in Rheumatology one year
  • Harvard Medical School
    1986 - 1988
    Fellowship training in Rheumatology two years

Recent Health Talks Authored by Dr. John Wade

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Gout " George is a 46-year-old plumber with pain and swelling in his big toe"

    George is a 46-year-old plumber who recently has developed episodes of pain and swelling in his big toe. George is on medication for high blood pressure. The most recent episode came after a birthday celebration where he probably had more alcohol than he should have. He is pretty sure he has gout and wants to get it under control as soon as possible as he cannot afford to miss work.

    George could benefit from seeing his family doctor and asking what is gout and how can it be prevented. A nutritionist may help by suggesting ways to change his diet in order to prevent his gout, and a personal trainer can help George maintain a consistent exercise program to promote heart health and good circulation. He may also benefit from seeing a cardiologist to check that his blood pressure is controlled and that his heart is healthy.

  • Arthritis and Back Pain - Ankylosing Spondylitis " Randy a 26-year-old college graduate "

    Randy is a 26-year-old college graduate who has recently been hired at a financial company. Since his late teens he has had low back pain which is getting worse since he is working full time and sitting at a desk job. Last month he had pain and redness in his left eye and an eye doctor told him he had uveitis (inflammation of the middle layer of the eye) which might be associated with back arthritis. His doctor has sent him to an arthritis specialist who has put him on medications for arthritis and referred him to a physiotherapist.

    Randy’s pharmacist is worried about the use of these medications as they can cause stomach ulcers. On follow up with the arthritis specialist, Randy has been given information on biologics but he wants to see how he does with physiotherapy and the anti-inflammatory medications first.

    Randy’s condition could benefit from seeing a rheumatologist and an ophthalmologist. To strengthen Randy's back, he could benefit from seeing a physiotherapist and a personal trainer. Randy could also ask his doctor as to the benefits of massage therapy and yoga.

  • Causes of Knee Pain " Eileen a 58-year-old female "

    Eileen, a 58-year-old female, complains of increased pain in the right knee over the last eight months. She has a history of pain in the right knee, which started last summer when she started walking in the evening with her husband to lose weight. She has given up walking regularly and now finds she is limping and having trouble going up and down stairs. Last week she saw her doctor to determine the cause of her knee pain. Her doctor ordered X-rays of the knee and told her she has advanced arthritis and will eventually need a knee replacement. The only advice she was given by the doctor was to lose weight. Eileen wants to avoid knee surgery, and she is thinking of paying privately for an MRI as her doctor says there is 'no indication' to have an MRI.

    The rheumatologist advises her to confirm the correct diagnosis with standing X-rays. If standing X-rays show she has complete loss of the cartilage, also known as 'bone on bone', her doctor may be right about having advanced arthritis. It is important however, to rule out other causes of knee pain. More likely, she has either early to moderate osteoarthritis of one of the standing compartments of the knee, usually the medial or inner distal thigh. However, it is very common to have pain in the front of the knee, known as patellofemoral pain. It tends to come on when doing stairs (particularly down) or getting in and out of a chair. It also usually improves with quad strengthening exercises. A doctor might suggest a local physiotherapist that can help.

    Eileen's concerns include what medications should she take, and whether it is really that important to lose weight. The rheumatologist advises her that acetaminophen is usually the first line of medication. Her doctor might suggest this if there are no contraindications. Losing weight has many health advantages, but the doctor is right about the importance of weight reduction if she has arthritis of the knee. Even an extra 10-20 pounds can cause a force several times that weight across the joint because of the "lever effect". The lever effect explains why a small child can lift an adult on a teeter-totter. A combination of weight reduction and quad exercises may put off knee surgery for years.

    Eileen may also wish to consult with a registered dietitian and/or exercise professional who can assist her with developing an appropriate exercise program and healthy eating plan to support her weight loss efforts, and avoid injuring her knee.

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Ratings for Dr. John Wade, Rheumatologist, Vancouver, BC

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    Have always been impressed with Dr. John Wade, Rheumatologist, Vancouver, BC level of education an materials he has presented to me to better understand my condition.
    Submitted: February 20, 2017
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    Happy to Rate Dr. John Wade as an excellent Rheumatologist in Broadway Vancouver area. has been helping me with RA for two years and cannot say enough good things.
    Submitted: May 03, 2016
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    Happy to rate Dr. John Wade my Rheumatologist con Broadway in Vancouver as excellent for helping me with my RA for 5 years.
    Submitted: April 19, 2016
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    Dr. John Wade has been my Rheumatologist in Vancouver on west Broadway street for five years. Spend s a good amount of time on education and has been very consistent with me understanding my disease of RA>
    Submitted: March 06, 2016
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    Dr. John Wade has been my Rheumatologist on Broadway fro three years and I cannot say enough great things about Dr Wade. Takes time to listen to me and is big on education and home work. Would recommend Dr Wade to anyone looking for a good rheumatologist in the Broadway area of Vancouver.
    Submitted: March 04, 2016
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    Was asked to comment upon Dr. John Wade latest video on Biosimilars for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis and how they are deferent than biologics. Thought the video was very informative and clear on the the advantages.
    Submitted: February 25, 2016
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    Have been seeing Dr. John Wade on the importance of medication adherence and alternative medications to my RA for a few years and find him to be very reputable and ethical. He has helped me signifactly with understanding my medication options. I would recommend Dr. John Wade to anyone looking for a good Rheumatologist in Broadway Vancouver area.
    Submitted: February 23, 2016
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    Have been a patient of Dr Wade's for 10 years for my battle with RA. In my time with Dr Wade I have found him to give good information and to make me feel that my RA is manageable. Thank you Dr Wade for all your help.
    Submitted: February 18, 2016
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    Recently visited Dr John Wade to discuss my diagnosis and treatment of calcium supplementation .to help me with my diagnosis of osteoporosis and the risks associated with low levels of calcium. Dr Wade was extremely informative and helpful.
    Submitted: February 17, 2016
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    Dr John Wade has been helping me with psoriatic arthritis treatment for over three years and I cannot be more happy with his treatment. Sometimes a little quick but over all very educated and concerned for my welfare.
    Submitted: February 13, 2016
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    Received and invite to Dr John wades video based library and within was a request to rate Dr Wade. Thought it made more sense to rate one the video I watched in the library. The video that discusses the importance of vitamin D I found to be informative and timely as I had recently seen my family physician who indicated my vitamin D might be low. Timely video and good dashboard Dr Wade.
    Submitted: February 09, 2016
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    Was having a lot of issues understanding the Importance of adherence to my RA medicine and Dr wade was able to clarify why it was important that I be consistent with my medication.
    Submitted: February 03, 2016
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    Recently visited Dr John Wade to discuss diagnosis and treatment of calcium supplementation and the risks associated with them. Dr Wade gave me a greater understanding of how supplements like calcium can really help me with my osteoporosis.
    Submitted: February 02, 2016
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    Saw Dr Wade for Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis and how he really helped me get an handle on how it is treated and what I should be doing about is it.
    Submitted: January 30, 2016
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    Was diagnosed recently Ankylosing Spondylitis and how it related to my Arthritis and my Back Pain. Was refered to Dr John Wade for treatment and I was very impressed with his level of understanding of my condition.
    Submitted: January 29, 2016
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    Visited Dr John Wade to discuss ways I could help myself prevent osteoporosis and he was able to give me a couple of informative videos and some action plans to help me get abetter handle on osteoporosis management..
    Submitted: January 28, 2016
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    Was referred to Dr John Wade for a diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis and he was able to confirm the diagnosis very accurately and quickly. Would recommend Dr Wade to anyone looking for a good rheumatologist in Vancouver.
    Submitted: January 27, 2016
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    Dr. John Wade has been my Rheumatologist in Vancouver for several years and have found him to be informative and well versed on his profession. I would recommend Dr Wade to anyone looking for a good rheumatologist in Vancouver to deal with areas of arthritis like RA or AS
    Submitted: January 27, 2016
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    Cannot say enough good things about Dr. John Wade who I have been seeing for Rheumatoid Arthritis that I was diagnosed with in my early sixties. Dr Wade has been great on education and treatment and I would recommend anyone looking for a good rheumatologist in Vancouver to try to get into see Dr Wade.
    Submitted: January 25, 2016
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    My experience with Dr John Wade has been good since the first time I saw him 4 years ago for my RA diagnosis. He has been consistent and in my opinion very knowledgeable..
    Submitted: January 23, 2016

Rheumatologist Health Talks – Take a look at your local options in Vancouver

  • older lady lifting weights xsmall
    When dealing with Osteoporosis and associated issues like joint pain and stiffness, there are many different practitioner types who can help you, including Physiotherapists, Nutritionists, Pharmacists, Yoga Instructors, Pilates Instructors and a Rheumatologist in Vancouver, BC, such as Dr. John Wade.
  • jodie wiebe
    When dealing with knee pain and the side effects of knee pain including how it might effect your gait or leed to an orthopedic issue, there are several different practitioner types who could help you with treatments or a consultation. You may see a Physiotherapist, Orthopedic Surgeon, Radiologist, Sports Medicine Physician, Pharmacist, and/or a Rheumatologist in Vancouver, BC, such as Dr. John Wade.
  • arthritic hands
    In regards to treating and managing Raynaud's Disease, a Rheumatologist is a very good option. They are well trained in regards to Raynaud's disease symptoms and treatments, so consult with a local Rheumatologist in Vancouver, BC, such as Dr. John Wade.
  • stroke recovery mentalhealth
    If you're seeing a Rheumatologist for Rheumatoid Arthritis Causing Wrist and Hand Pain, it’s important to look at all your treatment options. Effective treatments may include seeing a local massage therapist, physiotherapist, orthopedic surgeon or Rheumatologist in Vancouver, BC, such as Dr. John Wade.
  • gout symptoms arthritis
    A rheumatologist is often the medical professional who can deal with the symptoms and treatment of gout. Although gout often affects other parts of your body and might involve treatment from other health professionals, you could first consider seeing a local Rheumatologist in Vancouver, BC, such as Dr. John Wade.