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Canadian Certified Physician Executives - 2013

This year, 29 physicians have earned the Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) credential. These physicians from across Canada have fulfilled the eligibility criteria and demonstrated through a peer review and assessment process that they have the knowledge, skills and leadership accomplishments not only worthy of national recognition but also needed to influence and bring about change in today's complex health care environment.

The CMA and the Canadian Society of Physician Executives are delighted to stand behind this credential and are especially pleased with the high calibre of physicians in this year's cohort and with the level of interest that continues to grow.

Congratulations to this diverse and talented group of physicians.

Nahid Azad

Dr. Nahid Azad
Professor of Medicine
University of Ottawa
Past President
Federation of Medical Women of Canada
Ottawa, ON

Dr. Azad has been an innovative academic physician in advancing women's health services, education and fostering women's career advancement. Gender equity and women's health and status have been her major focus. She is the past-president of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada - a national organization in support of women's leadership and women's health issues.


Marilyn Baetz

Dr. Marilyn Baetz
Professor and Unified Head
Department of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon Health Region
Saskatoon, SK

Dr. Baetz oversees the academic delivery of psychiatry for the province of Saskatchewan as well as clinical service delivery in the Saskatoon Health Region. She works in dyad partnership with the director of mental health and addictions services for the health region.


Davy Cheng

Dr. Davy Cheng
Distinguished University Professor and Chair
Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
University of Western Ontario
London Health Sciences Centre & St. Joseph's Health Care
London, ON

Dr. Cheng is recognized as a world expert in perioperative outcomes and resource utilization in cardiac surgery, blood management, minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery, and perioperative evidence-based medicine.


Frank Dicke

Dr. Frank Dicke
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Alberta Children's Hospital
Director, Pediatric Heart Transplant Clinic
Calgary, AB

In 2008, Dr. Dicke was appointed chief of cardiology. This position provided the impetus to pursue further training in leadership with the PMI programs and other leadership training opportunities and has been a continuing and growing interest.


Arbind Dubey

Dr. Arbind Dubey, FRCPC
Radiation Oncologist
Allan Blair Cancer Centre
Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Oncology
University of Saskatchewan
Regina, SK

Dr. Dubey is currently the provincial lead oncologist for melanoma at the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. He is the chair of the monthly urology rounds and is member of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency Physician Advisory Council.


Louis Hugo Francescutti

Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti
Professor of Epidemiology
University of Alberta
Emergency and Preventive Medicine Physician
Immediate Past-President
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
President-Elect Canadian Medical Association
Sherwood Park, AB

For many Albertans, Dr. Francescutti has become synonymous with public health and safety. He received his combined MD / PhD from the University of Alberta in 1987 and, while training as a general surgery resident, became fascinated with the subject of trauma.


Randall Friesen

Dr. Randall Friesen
Chief, Division of General Surgery
Prince Albert Parkland Health Region
Surgical Director, ESS Residency Program
University of Saskatchewan
Prince Albert, SK

Dr. Friesen began his adventures in medical administration in the somewhat hostile environment of Saskatchewan in the early 1990s. He could not have imagined that the Saskatchewan doctors' strike of 30 years before had so estranged physicians and the upper echelons of medical administration. He engaged his local hospital and - after regionalization - his regional administrations regularly. He served with his provincial medical association, and subsequently with his provincial college of physicians and surgeons.


Mamta Gautam

Dr. Mamta Gautam
Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Ottawa
Founding President and CEO
Ottawa, ON

Dr. Gautam is a psychiatrist, a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry University of Ottawa and the president and CEO of PEAK MD, a company that focuses on leadership resilience and keeping well professionals well. As a psychiatrist, executive coach, consultant, speaker, author and leader, she is committed to helping professionals remain healthy, enhance personal resiliency and improve work performance.


Richard Gibson

Dr. Richard Gibson
Chief, Department of Family Practice
Capital Health District
Community-based Family Physician
Dartmouth, NS

Dr. Rick Gibson is a practising family physician and chief of the District Department of Family Practice (DDFP), Capital Health, reporting to the vice president, medicine. Over the past 17 years, Rick has held numerous physician leadership positions in Capital Health and its precursor organizations, as well as serving as a committee member and chair of multiple committees in both Doctors Nova Scotia and the Canadian Medical Association.


Ellen Giesbrecht

Dr. Ellen Giesbrecht
Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Interim Senior Medical Director
Acute Perinatal Services
BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre
Vancouver, BC

Dr. Giesbrecht initiated and supported the development of a combined online and interprofessional workshop for education in and maintenance of fetal health surveillance terminology and communication techniques. This has become part of the requirement for credentialing and a key initiative in reducing harm.


John Haggarty

Dr. John (Jack) Michael Haggarty
Medical Director, Mental Health Programs
St. Joseph's Care Group
Professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Thunder Bay, ON

Dr. Haggarty is medical director of Mental Health Outpatient Services, St. Joseph's Care Group, and clinical director of Shared Mental Health Services Fort William and five other primary care sites in Thunder Bay, serving over 30 family physicians and 50,000 patients.


Lynne Harrigan

Dr. Lynne Harrigan
Vice President, Medicine
Annapolis Valley Health
Assistant Professor
Dalhousie Medical School
Kentville, NS

Dr. Harrigan believes that one of the roles of a physician is to be an advocate for an individual patient. Seeing the need for physician involvement in mapping out the direction of health care in Nova Scotia, she took on the role of vice president medicine in Annapolis Valley Health in 2007 so that she could influence system change and thus be an advocate for many patients (the population).


Brian Holroyd

Dr. Brian Holroyd
Professor and Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
University of Alberta
Senior Medical Director
Emergency Operational Clinical Network
Alberta Health Services
Edmonton, AB

Dr. Holroyd is a professor and the founding chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He is also senior medical director of the provincial Emergency Operational Clinical Network for Alberta Health Services.


Rachel Kassner

Dr. Rachel Kassner
Chair of the Board, and Immediate Past President
Medical Society of Prince Edward Island
General Practitioner
Charlottetown, PE

Dr. Kassner is a general practitioner, and has practised in both Toronto and Charlottetown. Currently, she has a full-time family practice in Charlottetown.


Rashmi Koul

Dr. Rashmi Koul
Radiation Oncologist
Allan Blair Cancer Centre
Clinical Associate Professor
Division of Oncology
University of Saskatchewan
Regina, SK

Dr. Koul is the provincial lead oncologist for lung cancer at the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. She is also co-chair of the monthly lung tumour rounds and is a member of the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency ethics committee. She has played a lead role in multiple provincial clinical guideline development initiatives.


Trevor Lee

Dr. Trevor Lee
Associate Head, Clinical Operations
Medical Director, Equipment and Drug Supply and Acquisition
University of Manitoba & WRHA Anesthesia Program
Site Medical Manager
Department of Anesthesia
St. Boniface Hospital
Winnipeg, MB

Currently, Dr. Lee's main administrative focus centres on his leadership role as associate head of clinical operations for the seven hospital sites within the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority anesthesia program and as regional medical manager of equipment and drug supply and acquisition.


Andrew McCallum

Dr. Andrew McCallum
President and CEO
Immediate Past Chief Coroner for Ontario/General Inspector of Anatomy
Kingston, ON

In January 2013, Dr. McCallum was appointed as president and CEO of Ornge, Ontario's provider of medical transport services. Ornge operates rotor and fixed-wing dedicated aircraft, as well as land critical care transport vehicles, and provides transport and critical/advanced patient care to approximately 20,000 patients annually.


David Price

Dr. David Price
Division Chief, Pediatric Surgery
Dr. Charles A. Janeway Child Health Centre
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St John's, NF

In 1989, Dr. Price returned to Newfoundland as a pediatric surgeon at the Janeway Hospital in St. John's, where he has worked in various capacities since. He is an associate professor of surgery and pediatrics at Memorial University. Since 1999, he has been chief of surgery at the Janeway.


Nicole Racette

Dr. Nicole Racette
Clinical Assistant Professor
Head, Division of General Gynecology and Obstetrics
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Dr. Racette has been head of obstetrics and gnecology at Royal Columbian and Eagle Ridge Hospital in New Westminster, BC. She has also served on the council and executive committee of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada from 2002 to 2009.


Ivelin Radevski

Dr. Ivelin Radevski
Senior Medical Officer
Cypress Health Region
Swift Current, SK

Dr. Radevski started his medical leadership journey in 2004 when he was appointed senior medical officer of the Cypress Health Region in Swift Current, SK. Dr. Radevski has in-depth knowledge and experience in all aspects of health care, from rural practice, emergency and specialized care, medical staff organization, quality and risk management to research and education.


Charmaine Roye

Dr. Charmaine Roye
Immediate past Chief of Medical Staff
Brant Community Healthcare System
Director, Professional Affairs and Strategic Health Alliances
Canadian Medical Association
Ottawa, ON

Dr. Roye has held executive positions locally, provincially, nationally and internationally, including membership on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Medical Association, the Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Canada, and the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. As well, she was a member of the CMA Board of Directors from 2004 to 2007 while she chaired the CMA Committee of National Medical Organizations (now the Specialist Forum).


Abraham (Rami) Rudnick

Dr. Abraham (Rami) Rudnick
Medical Director, Mental Health and Substance Use Services
Vancouver Island Health Authority
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of British Columbia
Victoria, BC

Dr. Rudnick has particular leadership experience in involving service users in systems-level shared decision-making, in identifying and addressing service gaps in a cost-effective manner and in facilitating health care and related services for disadvantaged populations, such as people with serious mental illness.


Richard Seeley

Dr. Richard Seeley
Chief, Departments of Complex Care and Aging and Palliative Care
St. Peter's Hospital Site
Hamilton Health Services Centre
Hamilton, ON

For the past 13 years, Dr. Seeley has worked at St.Peter's Hospital as a staff physician, chief of staff, and now department chief for Complex Care and Palliative Care within Hamilton Health Sciences. He describes this as "a wonderful opportunity to work with all levels of medical and administrative leadership both within the organization and within our LHIN, which has the highest per capita number of seniors in the province."


Margaret Steele

Dr. Margaret Steele
Vice Dean, Hospital & Interfaculty Relations
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Family Medicine
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
University of Western Ontario
London, ON

Dr. Margaret Steele is vice dean, Hospital & Interfaculty Relations, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and a professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Family Medicine. In her current role, she is co-facilitating the development of an Academic Health Sciences Network in Southwestern Ontario.


Wadea Tarhuni

Dr. Wadea Tarhuni
President and CEO
Windsor Cardiac Centre
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Saskatchewan
Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine
Clinical Associate
Schulich Medicine & Dentistry
Windsor Program
Windsor, ON

Dr. Tarhuni led the Windsor Cardiac Centre to achieve the first-ever outpatient echocardiography accreditation in Canada, and established two unique clinics in the centre: the Chest Pain Clinic, which treats cardiac patients from the two local hospitals and alleviates the burden on the Emergency Department; and the INR clinic, which provides immediate INR testing and follow up.


Laura Tate

Dr. Laura Tate
Assistant Professor
University of Toronto
Immediate Past Chief of Surgery/Co-Program Medical Director Surgical Services
Toronto East General Hospital
Toronto, ON

As chief of surgery for 11 years, Dr. Tate's role expanded to include, not only quality of care responsibilities, but also involvement in budgetary decisions and accountability as co-medical program director surgical services. She was instrumental in bringing funding forward to support the transition to laproscopic surgery and its required new instrumentation for general, thoracic, urological and obstetric/gynecologic surgeons.


Myron Thiessen

Dr. Myron Thiessen
Vice President, Medical Services
Southern Health-Santé Sud
Steinbach, MB

Dr. Myron Thiessen joined the South Eastman Regional Health Authority in 2008 as vice president of medical services. He is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for all regional medical services as well as specific leadership of the patient care services provided by contract, salaried and fee-for-service physicians practising in the region – including policy and procedure development, oversight, evaluation and recruitment.


Michael Trew

Dr. Michael Trew
Senior Medical Director, Addiction and Mental Health
Strategic Clinical Network
Alberta Health Services
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Faculty of Medicine
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

In 2012, Dr. Trew became senior medical director, addiction and mental health strategic clinical network - a new role within the Alberta context - and was charged with looking for new and innovative approaches to programs of care for people with addiction and/or mental health challenges.


Michelle Welsford

Dr. Michelle Welsford
Regional Medical Director
Hamilton Health Sciences Centre for Paramedic Education & Research
Associate Professor
Division of Emergency Medicine
Department of Medicine
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON

Dr. Welsford's academic and research interests include EMS and emergency department management of acute coronary syndromes, acute congestive heart failure and cardiac resuscitation. She is codirector of a LHIN-wide STEMI program that optimizes the continuum of care of myocardial infarction patients from the field through to the hospital including optimization of first contact to reperfusion time.