When not in the emergency room, Dr. Parambir S. Keila, a modern multi-culti sophisticate, indulges in his passion for clothes and the arts.


With a penchant for cerebral designer labels like Haider Ackermann and Dries van Noten – paired with elegantly tied turbans – Dr. Parambir S. Keila adds a distinctive cosmopolitan flavour to Toronto’s social scene.

You would think his vocation would be fashion related. Instead, he pursued a career in medicine, with an interest in geriatrics and works as an emergency room doctor.

“I spent an extra year studying geriatrics and my Masters in Public Health focuses on aging.”

He is also the rare doctor that makes house calls to see some of his elderly patients. The decision to specialize in geriatric medicine came from observing the poor treatment his grandfather received as an 87-year-old patient.

The chic Sikh also credits his late grandfather for helping him develop an appreciation for fashion. Growing up in the U.K., he would accompany his grandfather on trips to Russia and Japan. While such expeditions opened his young mind to the cultural role fashion played in such societies, simpler sartorial lessons from his Baba Ji, like polished shoes, were equally taken to heart.

“It was part of my upbringing – to always present yourself perfectly,” he says. His might be a picture-perfect image, adored by streetstyle photographers for his eclectic wardrobe, some of which he sports here.

Keila, along with his equally stylish wife, Anjli Patel, a lawyer, are often featured in the society pages – even appearing in an ad campaign for luxury retailer Holt Renfrew. Despite hectic careers, both support the arts – from the Design Exchange to Artscape – and the good doctor volunteers for Canadian Sport For Life.

So how does he adapt to the many hours at work spent in banal scrubs? Glance at his feet, and you’ll notice colourful patterned socks and brightly hued sneakers.

Click through to see some of Keila’s stylish outfits.

Suit, Garrison Bespoke; shirt, Kris van Assche; velvet loafers, Arfango

Jacket, Sid Neigum; shirt, Kris van Assche; jeans, Dr. Denim; Comme des Garçons shoes

Shirt, Suket Dhir; pants, Ann Demeulemeester; shoes, Marsèll

Jacket, Haider Ackermann; shirt, Kris van Assche; pants, Ann Demeulemeester; shoes, Dries van Noten

T-shirt, Raf Simons for Jil Sander; pants, Ann Demeulemeester; shoes, Dries van Noten. Wingback chair, Tom Dixon; wood Backenzahn stool, e15; crescent lights, Lee Broom. Photographed on location at Klaus by Nienkamper, Toronto.