Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) 5 Members
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador
Member of Council
G. Robert LaRoche, MD, FRCSC (Halifax, N.S)
Dr. Robert LaRoche started his career in Halifax, N.S., as a pediatric ophthalmologist with a five-year plan “before moving to bigger and better places.” Yet the newly-redesigned Department of Ophthalmology at Dalhousie University and dynamic atmosphere that included working under the direction of the visionary Ray Leblanc, led Dr. LaRoche to instead stay and help support and develop an exciting environment where excellence in care, teaching and research could flourish. Pediatric ophthalmology, a small but rapidly developing field in the early 1980s, made it possible to become involved at many levels: teaching, research, influence on public health policies related to children’s vision, and administrative structures — all ready to welcome the growth of a new field of expertise, across the country and abroad. More
Paula Brna, MD, FRCPC (Halifax, N.S.)
Dr. Paula Brna is a Pediatric Neurologist at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, NS. After completing medical school at Dalhousie University, she completed Pediatrics at UBC/Dalhousie and subsequently a Pediatric Neurology Residency at the IWK. Dr. Brna then went on to do subspecialty training in epilepsy and EEG at Miami Children’s Hospital in Florida for two years. She returned to Halifax in 2009 to her current position as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and EEG director at the IWK Health Centre. She has been Pediatric Neurology Program Director for the last six years and sits on the Royal College Specialty Committee for Neurology.
Bruce Cameron, MD, FRCPC (Moncton, N.B.)
Dr. Bruce Cameron is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Hematological Pathology, and is the Division Head of Anatomical and Hematological Pathology at the George Dumont Hospital in Moncton. He feels physicians should play a major role in undergraduate teaching, and have a strong voice in hospital administration. He is an advocate for quality assurance programs that are effective and reasonable in scope.
Erica Holloway, MD, FRCSC (Fredericton, N.B.)
Dr. Erica Holloway is a maternal fetal medicine specialist who has worked at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton, New Brunswick since 2011. She is an assistant professor at both Memorial University and Dalhousie University. She completed medical school and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Memorial. She worked as an Ob/Gyn in St. John’s for three years before returning to training at the University of Toronto where she completed a subspecialty fellowship in maternal fetal medicine in 2011 at Mount Sinai Hospital. She is an obstetrics and gynecology examiner for the Royal College.
Jill Hudson, MD, FRCSC (Fredericton, N.B.)
Dr. Jill Hudson is a Urologist at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She completed medical school and residency training at Dalhousie University and has been practicing since 2013. Dr. Hudson is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University.
Christopher S. Kovacs, MD, FRCPC, FACP, FACE (St. John’s, N.L.)
Dr. Christopher Kovacs is an endocrinologist, clinician scientist, and Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology and Metabolism), Obstetrics and Gynecology, and BioMedical Sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Michael Saunders, MD, FRCPC (Charlottetown, P.E.I)
Lauren Smithson, MPhil, MD, FRCSC, FACS (St. Anthony, N.L.)
Sandra Wajstaub, MD, FRCPC (Cape Breton, N.S.)
Dr. Sandra Wajstaub is a staff radiation oncologist at the Cape Breton Cancer Centre and an Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Dalhousie University. She has served as a member of RAC 2 and is currently on the Risk and Oversight Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Kirstin Weerdenburg, MD, FRCPC (Halifax, N.S.)
Dr. Kirstin Weerdenburg is a Pediatric Emergency Physician at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, NS, as well as an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University. She also completed fellowship training in Pediatric Emergency Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) which led her to become actively involved in undergraduate, postgraduate and staff physician education and training on POCUS, mostly locally but also nationally and internationally through course/conference teaching.
Jennifer Leonard, MD, FRCPC (St. John’s, N.L.) – Memorial University
Ford Bursey, MD, FRCPC (St. John's, N.L.)
Dr. Ford Bursey has been Assistant Dean for Professional Development in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University since 2004. As Assistant Dean, he oversees professional development for family medicine physicians and Royal College specialists, faculty development, and the Clinical Skills Assessment and Training Program for physicians who need to upgrade their skills. More
Jo-Ann Talbot, MD, FRCPC (Saint John, N.B.)
Dr. Jo-Ann Talbot is an emergency medicine specialist who works at the Saint John Regional Hospital Emergency Department. She teaches the evidence-based medicine course for the Dalhousie University emergency medicine residency program. She also teaches at the New York Academy of Medicine, Teaching Evidence Assimilation for Collaborative Health Care (TEACH) and at the McMaster Evidence Based Clinical Practice Course. More
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