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Winnipegger Dr. Gigi Osler becomes 151st CMA President – 1st female surgeon to take on the role

​WINNIPEG – August 22, 2018 – Today, Dr. Gigi Osler, an otolaryngology-head and neck surgeon from Winnipeg became the President of the Canadian Medical Association. Dr. Osler becomes the 1st female surgeon to take on the role in 151 years.

A graduate of the University of Manitoba, Dr. Osler is the Head of the Section of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at St. Boniface Hospital and is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Manitoba. She is actively involved with Canadians Helping Kids in Vietnam and volunteers to help train other surgeons in Africa.

In her inaugural speech, Dr. Osler spoke of the opportunities before the medical community and her excitement to be President of the CMA at this historical juncture. "It's a time when the medical profession is undergoing many changes and facing immense pressures, she says. It's a time when we have the unprecedented opportunity to be leaders."

Dr. Osler is taking the helm of the Association as it is modernizing. Earlier this week, the CMA hosted its inaugural Health Summit, a two-day conference on the opportunities and challenges brought upon by innovation and technology in health care. Building on the Summit, the CMA committed to play a significant role supporting Canadian physicians in adopting and integrating new technologies and innovative solutions.