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Region- and division-specific councillors: 14 vacancies

Royal College Council consists of 24 region- and division-specific Fellows (Article 11.1.2). Fourteen of these positions are coming to term in February 2019.

Biographical sketches of the Fellows selected by the Nominating Committee

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Region 1 | Division of Medicine

Paul K.B. Dagg, MD, FRCPC

Paul K.B. Dagg, MD, FRCPC
INCUMBENT
Kamloops, British Columbia

Dr. Paul Dagg is currently the medical director for the Mental Health and Substance Use Program for the Interior Health Authority of British Columbia (Interior Health).

He moved to B.C. in 2005 to establish the Tertiary Mental Health Services for Interior Health, which were being developed as a result of the regionalization of services from the Riverview Hospital. He opened the Hillside Centre in Kamloops, B.C., and led Tertiary Mental Health Services until 2016. Prior to his arrival at Interior Health, he was the director of clinical services at the Royal Ottawa Hospital.

Dr. Dagg provides psychiatric and neuropsychiatric care for people with refractory illness who are admitted to Hillside Centre — a tertiary acute inpatient facility that provides services to clients from throughout B.C. He is also a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. In 2013, he was inducted as a member of the American College of Psychiatrists.

Dr. Dagg has been heavily involved in postgraduate training in medicine and Psychiatry. In 2016, he was awarded the Duncan Graham Award for Outstanding Contribution to Medical Education by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He was the first person whose professional work is outside of an urban university centre to receive this award. He currently serves as chair of the Royal College’s Accreditation Committee. He also serves as a member of the Committee on Specialty Education — the committee that oversees all educational activities of the Royal College. He previously served as chair of the Specialty Committee in Psychiatry (2010-2016) and on the Psychiatry Examination Board as a member (1994-2003) and as vice-chair (2001-2003). Until 2005, he was assistant dean of Postgraduate Medical Education for the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine. He was also an associate professor and vice chair in the Department of Psychiatry. In 1996, he and a colleague were awarded the American College of Psychiatrists’ Award for Creativity in Psychiatric Education.

In addition to his administrative and educational responsibilities, Dr. Dagg is on the editorial board for the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health and has written on this topic. He has an interest in service delivery models in mental health, cognition in schizophrenia, psychotherapy and the role of evidence in its practice, and in the treatment of adults with pervasive developmental disorders and Asperger’s syndrome. He has led the development of an alternative competency-based assessment system for psychiatrists trained outside of Canada. He has consulted on psychiatric service delivery in inpatient, outpatient and community settings in cities across Canada. He recently completed his term as chair of the Board of Governors of Thompson Rivers University and is a member of the board of the British Columbia Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission.

Tom McLaughlin, MD, FRCPC, FAAP

Tom McLaughlin, MD, FRCPC, FAAP
NEW
Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Tom McLaughlin is a pediatrician at the BC Children’s Hospital. He completed his residency at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, where he was selected as chief resident. In addition to his clinical work, he is currently completing a Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, with a focus on health policy and quality improvement.

Dr. McLaughlin brings with him a breadth of experience in medical education and health policy. As a student, he led government relations for Canada’s medical students as the Canadian Federation of Medical Students’ vice president of Government Affairs. As a resident, he served on the PARO Board of Directors and on the board of directors of Resident Doctors of Canada (formerly CAIR), where he served as board chair, treasurer and, subsequently, president. In this role, he helped develop and implement resiliency curriculum for resident wellness.

Dr. McLaughlin was active in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a resident member on the Health and Public Policy Committee and the Residency Accreditation Committee. He currently co-leads the Royal College’s Fatigue Risk Management Task Force. He has presented at local, national and international conferences on competency-based medical education, health human resources, quality improvement and health policy. More recently, Dr. McLaughlin serves on the CaRMS Board of Directors and the Doctors of BC Council on Health Economics and Policy.

Dr. McLaughlin has extensive governance and board experience. As treasurer of Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC), he revamped the two million budget, helping save $100k annually. He created the first ever board training program for RDoC’s directors, led the Human Resources and Audit committees, and helped take the organization through the hiring of a new CEO. He also served on the Canadian Medical Association Board of Directors.

As a highly-experienced early career physician, Dr. McLaughlin hopes to enhance the voice of early career physicians on the Royal College Council and to help demonstrate the value of Fellowship to the next generation of Canadian specialist physicians.

Region 1 | Division of Surgery

David Ross, MD, FRCSC

David Ross, MD, FRCSC
INCUMBENT
Edmonton, Alberta

Born in Southern Ontario, Dr. David Ross graduated from medical school at the University of Toronto. Following internship and a year of anesthesia training at McGill University, he was a GP-anesthetist in Northern Ontario for two years. He then undertook training in General Surgery, followed by Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, at Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S. This was followed by two years of fellowship training in congenital Cardiac Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and at the Royal Brompton National Heart Hospital in London, UK.

After eight years in practice as a pediatric and adult cardiac surgeon in Halifax, he relocated to Edmonton, Alta., in 2001 to assist with the expansion occurring in the Congenital Cardiac Surgery program at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Ross is the author or co-author of 147 peer-reviewed publications. From 2010 to 2016, he was director of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Alberta and the head of Cardiac Surgery for the Edmonton Zone, Alberta Health Services. During this period, the division increased its surgical volume by 17 per cent to over 2,000 open cases. The division also hired five new cardiac surgeons (three with PhDs), initiated an aggressive minimally invasive Cardiac Surgery program and doubled its financial resources to over five million to support its academic mission. The Edmonton Pediatric Cardiac Surgery program is the 8th largest in the STS Congenital Database with results in the top 10 per cent for the most complex lesions.

Dr. Ross was president of the Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons from 2012-2014.

Dr. Ross has been active in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as the first Residency Program Committee (RPC) director for the six-year integrated Cardiac Surgery program at Dalhousie University (1997-2001). He has served as a nucleus committee member (1995-2000) and chair of the Specialty Committee in Cardiac Surgery (2000-2006), as well as vice-chair of the Cardiac Surgery Examination Board (1999-2001) and as a member of Regional Advisory Committee 1 (2009-2015). Dr. Ross was elected to Council in 2015 and sits on Council’s Nominating Committee, Governance Committee and Financial Reporting and Risk Oversight Committee. He has been a member of the board of directors of Royal College International since 2015, and was recently appointed its chair.

Dr. Ross retired from surgical practice in 2018 but hopes to volunteer his extra free time and energy to various organizations including the Royal College.

Region 2 | Division of Surgery

Cliff Yaffe, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Cliff Yaffe, MD, FRCSC, FACS
NEW
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dr. Cliff Yaffe completed his General Surgery residency at the University of Manitoba in 1981, followed by a Gastroenterology (GI) Fellowship at McGill University.

Dr. Yaffe first joined the Department of Surgery, Section of General Surgery, at the University of Manitoba in 1986 as an assistant professor of surgery. He was program director for the General Surgery Residency Program from 1996 to 2008 and the director of Surgical Foundations from 2003 to 2012. He also served as deputy head of the Section of General Surgery at St. Boniface Hospital from 1998 to 2014. From 2009 to 2014, he was the regional lead of General Surgery for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Surgery Program.

Dr. Yaffe’s involvement with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada began in 1997. He currently serves as an onsite Royal College surveyor. He previously served as an examiner in General Surgery (2005-2016) and as a member of the General Surgery Examination Board (1997-2006) and Test Committee in General Surgery (1997-2001). He also served as an examiner in Colorectal Surgery (2010-2013) and as a member of the Specialty Committee in Colorectal Surgery (1997-2002, 2008-2013), Colorectal Surgery Examination Board (2008-2013) and the Surgical Foundations Advisory Committee (2008-2014).

Currently, Dr. Yaffe is an active staff member at Concordia General Hospital, St. Boniface Hospital and at the Health Sciences Centre. He is involved with many professional societies including the Royal College, the Canadian Association of General Surgeons, and the Canadian Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, to name a few. Dr. Yaffe is currently focusing his clinical practice on colorectal surgery and General Surgery. At present, he is the associate dean, Postgraduate Medical Education, for the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Health Sciences. He has held this position since November 2011.

Randolph P. Guzman, MD, FRCSC, FACS, RVT, RPVI

Randolph P. Guzman, MD, FRCSC, FACS, RVT, RPVI
NEW
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dr. Randy Guzman graduated with his Medical Doctorate in 1983. He then completed a residency in General Surgery in 1990, followed by a fellowship program in Vascular Surgery at the University of Manitoba. He completed his training in 1991.

Dr. Randy Guzman graduated with his Medical Doctorate in 1983. He then completed a residency in General Surgery in 1990, followed by a fellowship program in Vascular Surgery at the University of Manitoba. He completed his training in 1991.

Dr. Guzman has been in clinical practice for over 25 years. Currently, he is head of the Vascular Surgery Training Program at the University of Manitoba. He is also regional lead of Vascular Surgery for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the site medical manager of the Department of Surgery at St. Boniface Hospital.

Dr. Guzman was program director for the Vascular Surgery Residency Program at the University of Manitoba from 1994 to 2007. He is active in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as the current chair-elect of the Specialty Committee in Vascular Surgery. He previously served as chief examiner in Vascular Surgery from 2008 to 2012. He has also served in various positions for the Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery, including as past president.

Dr. Guzman has extensive experience in clinical research and currently serves as the director of the Vascular Clinical Research Program at St. Boniface Hospital, a position he has held since 1999. He also served as the director of the Asper Clinical Research Institute from 2007 to 2013. His research focus in vascular disease has included over 60 research projects with 40 as the principal investigator.

Region 3 | Division of Medicine

Brian D. Hodges, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Brian D. Hodges, MD, PhD, FRCPC
INCUMBENT
Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Brian Hodges graduated from Queen’s University Medical School in 1989. He subsequently completed a residency in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto in 1994, and a Master’s of Higher Education the following year. In 2007, he completed a PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto.

In 2003, Dr. Hodges spent a year at the University of Paris, earning a diploma in Health Economics and Social Sciences. He established collaborations with the University of Paris and the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (EHESP) where he served as a member of the education board from 2007-2012.

From 2003 until 2011, Dr. Hodges served as director of the University of Toronto’s Donald R. Wilson Centre for Research in Education — one of the largest centres for health professional education research in the world. He currently serves as the Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chair in Health Professions Education Research at the Wilson Centre.

Dr. Hodges is the executive vice-president of education and chief medical officer at the University Health Network, consisting of the Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret and Toronto Rehab hospitals, and the Michener Institute. He is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto and in the Department of Leadership, Adult and Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Dr. Hodges is a practising psychiatrist and teacher. His research focuses on assessment, competence, compassion and the future of the health profession. From 2010-2015, he was the project lead of the Associated Medical Services (AMS) Phoenix Project: A Call to Caring — an initiative to rebalance the technical and compassionate dimensions of health care. His work has been recognized with the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Flexner Award (2015) and the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education (2016).

Dr. Hodges has worked internationally with medical schools and licensure organizations in New Zealand, Switzerland, Poland, Japan, Jordan, Israel, France, China, Australia and Ethiopia.

Dr. Hodges was elected to the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2015 and sits on Council’s Financial Reporting and Risk Oversight Committee. From 2004-2008, he served as chair of the Examination Committee, overseeing assessment in the 62 specialty programs in Canada, and as a member of the Committee on Specialty Education.

Region 3 | Division of Surgery

Taryn S. M. Taylor, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Taryn S. M. Taylor, MD, PhD, FRCSC
INCUMBENT
London, Ontario

Dr. Taryn Taylor completed medical school and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Western University in 2016. During her residency training, she completed a PhD in Health Professions Education through Maastricht University as a Clinical Investigator Program trainee. Her doctoral thesis was recognized in 2017 by the largest international conference in medical education, the Association of Medical Education of Europe, with the PhD prize for best doctoral research. Dr. Taylor subsequently completed a Senior Fellowship in Simulation Education through the Department of Innovation in Medical Education and the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre.

Presently, she is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, London Health Sciences Centre, and a scientist at the Centre for Education Research and Innovation (CERI), Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. In her CERI Scientist role, Dr. Taylor will continue to develop her research program exploring the nature and implications of fatigue in the clinical performance of physicians and trainees.

Dr. Taylor is active in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is a current member of the Fatigue Risk Management Task Force and Fatigue Risk Management Accreditation Standards Working Group, led by the Royal College’s Resident Duty Hours Project Secretariat. She was appointed to fill a mid-term vacancy on Royal College Council in 2018.

As a generalist in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Taylor enjoys finding new ways of engaging trainees and optimizing the clinical learning environment. Her commitment and dedication to teaching was acknowledged when she received the Award for Excellence in Teaching within her clinical department.

Roy Kirkpatrick, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Roy Kirkpatrick, MD, FRCSC, FACS
NEW
Huntsville, Ontario

Dr. Roy Kirkpatrick graduated from Queen’s University in 1977 followed by a one year internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He subsequently completed a residency in General Surgery at the University of Ottawa in 1983.

After completing postgraduate training, he enjoyed an eclectic career. This included work as a doctor on a drilling ship in the North Atlantic, surgical locums in a number of small communities, and as an emergency room physician at The Ottawa Hospital’s General Campus.

In 1984, Dr. Kirkpatrick and his wife spent two years in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. There, he provided General Surgery service as a volunteer for Cuso International to an estimated 750,000 people and supervised numerous surgical registrars from the University of Papua New Guinea. He worked as a “true general surgeon,” performing operations from craniotomy to club foot, and everything in between.

Dr. Kirkpatrick is an active staff member at the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital where he works as a general surgeon, a position he has held since 1987. He has provided regular locum coverage for surgery in Nunavut since 2004. He is a current member of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières and, in 2015, provided foreign service in Pakistan. He previously provided service in 2010 for the Red Cross in Haiti.

Dr. Kirkpatrick has been an associate professor of surgery at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) since 2013. He is currently the lead physician on the Huntsville Physicians Local Education Group, and was recently appointed section chair of surgery in 2018. Huntsville hosts medical learners at all levels from the NOSM. Dr. Kirkpatrick is actively involved in the teaching of physician assistant students, NOSM undergraduates and General Surgery residents. He sits on the school’s Resident Wellness Committee, Postgraduate Education Committee and Surgical Foundations Competency Committee.

Dr. Kirkpatrick is involved with many professional societies. He is a member of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons (CAGS) and serves as a member of the Rural Surgery Committee, Global Surgery Committee and Division Chiefs Committee. He represents CAGS on the Rural Maternity Task Force — a joint initiative with the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC), of which he is also a member. Dr. Kirkpatrick serves as the specialist representative on the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada’s Rural Road Map Implementation Committee. He is a member of the Canadian Medical Association and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is a current member of the Royal College’s Regional Advisory Committee 3 and Committee on Specialty Education.

Dr. Kirkpatrick’s current memberships also include the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and the Ontario Association of General Surgeons (OAGS). He was nominated by the OMA Section on General Surgery and OAGS, and in 2018 was awarded the OMA Section Service Award for General Surgery.

Region 4 | Division of Medicine

Thomas Maniatis, MD, CM, MSc (Bioethics), FACP, FRCPC

Thomas Maniatis, MD, CM, MSc (Bioethics), FACP, FRCPC
NEW
Montréal, Québec

Dr. Thomas Maniatis is an associate professor of medicine at McGill University and an attending physician at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). He is also the director of the MUHC Division of General Internal Medicine.

He completed a MSc in bioethics at McGill University in 2003 and is an affiliate member of the McGill Biomedical Ethics Unit. He is also co-chair of one of the research ethics boards at the Royal Victoria Hospital. In addition, Dr. Maniatis is the chair of the Faculty Postgraduate Promotions Committee, which oversees all remediation at the postgraduate level at McGill University. He also chaired the annual planning committee for the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine’s meeting in Montreal, Que., which took place in 2016.

Dr. Maniatis was program director for McGill’s Internal Medicine Residency Training Program from 2003-2014, during which time he adapted the program to integrate the duty hour regulations that were being newly adopted in Quebec. With this hands-on experience, he has presented across Canada on the topic of duty hour regulations in Internal Medicine, and has contributed to working groups on this topic at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has published in this area, as well. He won the Royal College’s Program Director of the Year Award in 2011, the CAME Certificate of Merit Award from the Canadian Association for Medical Education in 2010, as well as numerous other local teaching awards at the MUHC.

Dr. Maniatis is active in the Royal College. He is the current chair of the Specialty Committee in Internal Medicine and a member of the Internal Medicine Examination Board. He also serves as a member of the Residency Accreditation Committee. He has participated actively in working groups on duty hours, resident fatigue, implementation of Competence by Design, and the development of the new Canadian Excellence in Residency Accreditation (CanERA) standards. He is a member of the subcommittee of the Awards Committee that adjudicates nominations for the Royal College’s annual Program Director of the Year Award and the Kristin Sivertz Resident Leadership Award. Dr. Maniatis has been an external reviewer for numerous programs for accreditation purposes across Canada since 2016 and, in 2017, served as an advisor to an international program seeking international accreditation.

Region 4 | Division of Surgery

Gaétan Brochu, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Gaétan Brochu, MD, FRCSC, FACS
INCUMBENT
Québec, Québec

Dr. Gaétan Brochu is a native of Inverness, Que. He is a general surgeon at the CHU de Québec-Université Laval. He is the current director of Surgical Foundations at Université Laval, where he is also an associate professor of surgery.

Dr. Brochu received his BSc in chemistry from Université Laval in 1983 and completed graduate studies in physical chemistry at McGill University in 1987. He received his medical degree from Université Laval in 1991. He subsequently completed his surgery training, with rotations in Boston and Montreal, at Université Laval in 1997. In 2005, he did a travelling scholarship in Gastric Surgery at the National Cancer Center in Tokyo, Japan.

Dr. Brochu became a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1997. He is active in the Royal College as the current chair of Regional Advisory Committee 4. He is also a member of the Surgical Foundations Advisory Committee. Dr. Brochu was elected to Royal College Council in 2015 and served on the Strategic Planning Working Group of Council from 2017-2018. He currently sits on Council’s Governance Committee and Financial Reporting and Risk Oversight Committee. He previously served as chair of the General Surgery Examination Board from 2005-2009 and as a member of the Specialty Committee in General Surgery from 2010-2016. Since 2017, he has served as a member of the Principles of Surgery Examination Board (a Royal College collaborative) of the Kuwait Institute for Medical Specializations (KIMS).

Dr. Brochu has a strong interest in medical education. In 2012, he was awarded the Canadian Association for Medical Education’s CAME Certificate of Merit Award for outstanding contributions to medical education. He is a founder and first president of the Canadian Hernia Society (2013). His research interests include minimally invasive abdominal reconstruction for hernias. He serves as a section editor for Hernia: The World Journal of Hernia and Abdominal Wall Surgery. Dr. Brochu is a member of many scholarly associations and is a member of the board of directors of the James IV Association of Surgeons.

Region 5 | Division of Medicine

John P. Finley, MSc, MDCM, FRCPC

John P. Finley, MSc, MDCM, FRCPC
INCUMBENT
Halifax, Nova Scotia

After completing studies in physics at Dalhousie University in 1968 and a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford’s Magdalen College the following year, Dr. John Finley completed his MDCM at McGill University in 1973. This was followed by residencies in Pediatrics at the Montreal Children’s Hospital (1975), in Pediatric Cardiology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto (1977) and in Cardiology Research at the Toronto General Hospital (1978). He was a pediatric cardiologist at the Izaak Walton Killam (IWK) Health Centre in Halifax from 1978 to 2014, where he was head of the Division of Cardiology from 1986 to 2007. He is a cardiologist at Halifax Infirmary (QEII HSC) at the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic, a position he has held since 1990. He holds a post-retirement position as a professor of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University.

Dr. Finley has extensive experience in the clinical practice and teaching of pediatric and adult congenital Cardiology. He has pioneered applications for remote diagnosis of heart disease in children through his research in Cardiology and telemedicine. New teaching methods of the auscultation of heart sounds have been a longstanding research interest and the subject of his recent book. Dr. Finley is a member of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the Canadian Pediatric Cardiology Association. He was president of Doctors Nova Scotia from 2012-2013 and chair of its board the following year.

Dr. Finley was program director for the Pediatric Cardiology program at Dalhousie University (1987-1999). He was elected to the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2015 and served on the Strategic Planning Working Group of Council from 2017-2018. He also served as an examiner in Pediatric Cardiology from 1985-1999.

Kara Laing, MD, FRCPC

Kara Laing, MD, FRCPC
NEW
St. John’s, Newfoundland

Dr. Kara Laing has more than 20 years of experience as a clinician, educator and researcher. She is a medical oncologist at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre in St. John’s, N.L.

She received her MD from Memorial University of Newfoundland (Memorial) in 1993. In 1996, she completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Memorial. She completed Medical Oncology training at the University of British Columbia in 1998, followed by a research fellowship with the National Institute of Canada, Clinical Trials Group, in Kingston, Ont.

Dr. Laing is chair and associate professor, Discipline of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, at Memorial. She is involved with teaching along the continuum, including undergraduate medical education, postgraduate medical education and continuing professional development. She is recognized as a mentor for learners and colleagues.

Dr. Laing was integral in the establishment of the Medical Oncology Subspecialty Training Program at Memorial, which is now a fully accredited program by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She completed a Certificate of Medical Education from Memorial in 2012 and is currently completing a Masters in Medical Education at the University of Dundee, Scotland.

Dr. Laing has held many significant leadership roles. Prior to becoming the academic head of oncology, she was the clinical chief of the Cancer Care Program from 2006 to 2013. She was also the director of Medical Oncology from 2002 to 2006. Dr. Laing is still quite active in leadership roles within the hospital. She is currently the chair of the Medical Advisory Committee and the Credentials Committee for Eastern Health. She is also an ex-officio member of the Eastern Health Board of Trustees.

Dr. Laing has completed several Physician Leadership Institute (PLI) courses, including Physician Leadership Focus, Engaging Others, Leadership Begins with Self-Awareness, Managing People Effectively, Facilitating Meetings, Influencing Boards and Talent Management.

Dr. Laing is a past president of the Canadian Association of Medical Oncologists. She is still actively involved in this organization on their Educational Subcommittee. She has been involved in several other committees — locally, provincially and nationally — related to cancer care and education.

Region 5 | Division of Surgery

G. Robert LaRoche, MD, FRCSC

G. Robert LaRoche, MD, FRCSC
INCUMBENT
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dr. Robert LaRoche studied for his MD in 1975. Between 1976 and 1979, he did a residency in Ophthalmology at Laval University in Quebec City, where he was born and raised. Over the next four years, he did fellowships in pediatric ophthalmology and in adult strabismus surgery at McGill University and at the Baylor College of Medicine. This led to a clinical teaching career in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S. The dynamic environment of Halifax, both at Dalhousie and the IWK Health Centre, helped Dr. LaRoche develop what is now a comprehensive pediatric ophthalmology academic tertiary care centre for the Canadian Atlantic provinces.

For three decades, Dr. LaRoche has been involved in the development of pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus care, as well as public health policies devoted to children’s vision in Canada. Dr. LaRoche is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (1992-present). He has been board member of both the International Strabismological Association (2010-2014) and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (2004-2007), as well as a long-term director of the Canadian Orthoptic Council and its American counterpart. He was also the representative of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society on the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.

Dr. LaRoche oversaw the evolution of an orthoptic training centre in Halifax, which has become the first university-based graduate and masters’ studies program in that field in North America. The program has graduated over 100 students from practically every province and continent, and now provides educational expertise to both onsite and distance students. Within this program, new research opportunities have allowed Dr. LaRoche to pursue granted supervisory roles on the increasingly topical issues of binocular vision in the workplace, involving the development of virtual reality tools.

Dr. LaRoche was a program director for the Ophthalmology residency at Dalhousie for more than a decade. He now continues as post-residency fellowship director in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. He also continues to be involved in teaching and clinical research, with a regular output of peer-reviewed publications, graduate students’ theses, as well as chapters and various other communications. He is a frequent lecturer at Canadian and foreign universities, and at national and international meetings. For the last 14 years, Dr. LaRoche has been the co-organizer of a unique national symposium for ethics teaching that is aimed specifically at Ophthalmology residents.

Since his early career, Dr. LaRoche has participated in various activities of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. These include its Ophthalmology Examination Board and its Regional Advisory Committee 5 (for the Maritimes). Presently, Dr. LaRoche is part of Royal College Council (since 2015). He is also chair of Regional Advisory Committee 5 (since 2017) and a member of both the Fellowship Affairs Committee (since 2017) and the Health and Public Policy Committee (since 2018). He has also participated in the activities of Royal College International as an examiner and as a program accreditation assessment advisor.

Mary K. Wells, MD, FRCSC

Mary K. Wells, MD, FRCSC
NEW
St. John’s, Newfoundland

Dr. Mary Wells is a general surgeon who has enjoyed working for 23 years in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

After graduating medical school at Memorial University in 1986, she interned in Ottawa, Ont., followed by a residency from 1988 to 1992. Following this, she worked at the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa for two years.

When an opportunity came up in her home province, she took a job at the Grace Hospital in St. John’s. While at the Grace Hospital, she discovered her passion for medical education and teaching, and became involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. She also became involved with AMEE — the Association of Medical Education in Europe — and achieved a diploma in medical education through the University of Dundee in Scotland.

Dr. Wells became a full-time member of the faculty of Memorial University in 2001, and has continued working with both residents and students ever since. From 1998 until present, she has worked in various capacities with the Medical Council of Canada, as well as with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Wells currently serves on the CDM (clinical decision-making) Committee at the Medical Council of Canada. She has also been active in a number of Royal College committees. These include as program director for the Surgical Foundations Advisory Committee (from 2008 to 2014), as program director at Memorial for General Surgery and Surgical Foundations (from 2013 to 2017) and, currently, as chair of the Specialty Committee for General Surgery (since July 2018). Dr. Wells is also presently a member of the Residency Accreditation Committee and has done accreditation surveys throughout the country. She has also taught essential surgical skills in Tanga, Tanzania, and served as the assistant dean of Undergraduate Medical Studies at Memorial.

Nominate a candidate

Fellows may submit additional nominations to fill any of the impending region- and division-specific vacancies on Royal College Council. Nominations from Fellows must be received on the official nomination form and be accompanied by a short biographical sketch and photo of the candidate.

The deadline to submit additional nominations is Friday, January 11, 2019.

Council elections regulations

When the notice of the Annual Meeting of the Members (AMM) is sent on January 25, 2019, all Fellows will be informed if additional nominations were received.

If additional nominations are received

  • Advance voting ballots for Council positions that have more than one candidate will be sent with the official notice of the 2019 AMM.
  • Advance voting will close two business days prior to the AMM.
  • Fellows will also be able to vote in-person at the AMM.

If no additional nominations are received

  • The Fellows recommended by the Nominating Committee will be acclaimed at the 2019 AMM.