Dr. Vala graduated from the Department of Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2005. In 2010, he  continued training in Bariatric Medicine (Obesity Medicine) in USA. In 2014, he completed a fellowship program and Board Certification from the American Board of Obesity Medicine. He is a member of the BC College of Family Physicians (CFPC), the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians (CABPS), Canadian Obesity Network (CON), and the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP).


Dr. Vala has 19 years experience in general medicine, and 7 years in obesity medicine (since 2010). He is disappointed with the inadequate standards for the treatment of obesity, and wants to focus on treating the underlying problem causing health issues as opposed to treating the symptoms. Therefore, he is shifting the focus of his practice from cure, to prevention and education. Dr. Vala is also serving on the UBC faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor.