- Posted February 17, 2014 by
Dr. George Tkalych Retires to Travel the World
Although he retired his practice in January 2013, Dr. George Tkalych continues his life mission to help people. He has already started the application process to be a part of the Doctors without Borders foundation, which provides independent, impartial assistance to those in need throughout the world to help individuals whose survival is threatened by neglect, violence, or catastrophe. He looks forward to travelling abroad to help the less fortunate and disadvantaged, and he also looks forward to helping patients’ sense of breathing, hearing, and ability to smell improve dramatically.
Since he was a young man, Dr. George Tkalych has always had the calling to help others. Guided by God and his Christian background, he would like to continue making a difference in the world. Throughout his life, Dr. George Tkalych has had many close experiences with death. As a result of surviving those challenging times, he feels very thankful to God, as well as blessed, and inspired to continually go out into the world and saves others’ lives. He has assisted many of his patients with hearing problems transition from being unable to hear busy traffic to hearing the beautiful sound of birds chirping. He has also performed numerous nasal, throat, and facial fracture procedures through both his volunteer work and private practice. Regarding his humanitarian efforts, Dr. George Tkalych mentions “I’m proud to say that about 15% of my practice was focused on volunteering to helping those who don’t have any insurance and couldn’t afford these types of procedures.” Throughout the various hospitals that he has worked for, he has performed copious amounts of operations pro bono.
Dr. George Tkalych attended the University of Saskatchewan where he received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. Following college, he enrolled into medical school, attending the College of Medicine. He finished his M.D. in 1976 and then attended postgraduate training. Dr. Tkalych went on to take a surgical internship at the University of Western Ontario. He took up residency at their Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Department, which he finished in 1980. Dr. George Tkalych also became certified on the Canadian Board of Otolaryngology that same year.
In his free time, Dr. Tkalych enjoys flying planes. He loves the thrill and exhilaration of being up in the air at high speeds. He notes “Hobbies should be relaxing and break away from reality, but I like to fly planes, and once I get in the cockpit, I cannot think about anything else but flying.” Dr. George Tkalych’s goal is to one day fly around the globe. To fulfill his dream, he hopes to get his trip around the world sponsored.