Dr. Toye Oyelese, MBBS, CCFP, FCFP
Certificate in Medical Acupuncture, U of A

Clinical Associate Professor
Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Toye Oyelese was born in Montreal, Canada to Nigerian parents. In June 1985, he graduated with a medical degree from the College of Medicine University of Ibadan in Nigeria. In October 1987, he left Nigeria and came to Canada. For two months, he received social welfare assistance, then worked as a security guard and later in a chemical plant.

He passed the medical evaluation exams and was accepted into the Canadian armed forces' medical officer training program (MOTP). Between 1989 and 1991, he completed a medical internship program at Saskatoon City Hospital. Following his medical internship in 1991, he joined the Canadian armed forces as a regular officer and was posted to the 1st Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry (1PPCLI) from July 1991 to August 1993. In Calgary, Alberta, he served as deputy base surgeon at the base hospital of the Canadian armed forces base. During his time with the Canadian Armed Forces from September 1993 to November 1994, he also qualified as a "Flight Surgeon", which required him to complete an aeronautical medicine course.

He retired as a Lieutenant (Navy) in 1994 and moved to a small town in southern Alberta called Milk River, where he lived between November 1994 and May 1997. He also served as Medical Examiner (Coroner) for the Alberta Ministry of Justice during this time. After moving to Spruce Grove, Alberta in May 1997, he practiced family medicine and emergency medicine.

From April 1998 to April 1999, he worked as a medical advisor with the Workman's Compensation Board in Edmonton, Alberta, in addition to family practice. During the period July 2001 to November 2003, he worked as a medical consultant with Millard Health's minor traumatic brain injury program and complex psychosocial pain program. During this time, he developed a passion for wellness medicine and completed a medical acupuncture certificate program at the University of Alberta, Edmonton.

When he moved back to Calgary, Alberta in January 2004, he worked as a travel medicine consultant, (between March 2005 and July 2009), (between October 2006 and July 2010) he was a medical consultant for Orion Health Calgary Alberta, and an urgent care physician with Calgary Health Region at Okotoks Urgent Care Centre (from October 2006 – 2009), a disability medicine consultant for Lifemark Health Calgary Alberta & Kelowna, BC (from March 2007 – 2009), a pain medicine physician at Canmore pain clinic, Canmore, Alberta (from October 2008 – June 2010).

Dr. Oyelese is also a certified independent medical examiner (CIME), member of the American Board of Certified Medical Examiners (from October 2006 - June 2011) and a medical review officer (MRO) involved in drug and alcohol screening in the workplace (from March 2005 - June 2011).

In August 2009, he moved to Kelowna, British Columbia, where he practices family medicine at Westside Medical Associates. Oyelese obtained a fellowship in family medicine and volunteered as an exam coordinator for the Canadian College of Family Medicine (CCFP) examinations for many years. He also worked at UBCO's Health and Wellness Clinic.

He is a clinical associate professor at UBC Faculty of Medicine. He was President (2021 - 2022) of BC Family Doctors. Representing BC & Yukon on the Canadian Medical Protective Association's Board of Directors. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Westside Medical Associates Ltd.