M A N E W S
CMA elects new president; Dr. John Haggie confirmed as president-elect
Dr. Anne Doig, CMA Immediate
Past-President, with Dr. Jeff Turnbull, 2010-2011 CMA President
On August 25, Dr.
Jeff Turnbull, internist and Chief of Staff at Ottawa Hospital, was
installed as the new President of the CMA. Dr. John Haggie, a general
and vascular surgeon from Gander and former NLMA president, was
by CMA Staff
On August 25th, Dr. Jeff Turnbull, an
internist and Chief of Staff at the Ottawa Hospital, was installed
as the new President of the Canadian Medical Association during its
143rd annual meeting in Niagara Falls. Dr. Turnbull takes over the
presidency from Dr. Anne Doig, a family physician from Saskatoon.
“We have a plan for health care
transformation, we now need to take it to the front lines,” said Dr.
Turnbull during his inaugural speech. “We need to speak from principles
and values, with evidence, courage and commitment. We need to encourage,
challenge and compel governments to act,” he added.
Prior to assuming the presidency, Dr.
Turnbull served as president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons
of Ontario and chaired the CMA's Future of Medicine Project. He was also
program director of UNESCO's Universities in Solidarity for the Health
of the Disadvantaged.
Dr. Turnbull has also devoted the last two
decades of his career to dealing with the health inequities experienced
by Canada’s homeless population. He helped start Ottawa’s Inner City
Health Project providing better clinical care to Ottawa’s homeless and
has been its medical director since its inception. For this and other
contributions, Dr. Turnbull received the Order of Canada in 2007.
In addition to his contributions to
community health at home, he has been involved in education and health
services initiatives to enhance community and institutional capacity and
sustainable development in Bangladesh, Africa and the Balkans.
In closing the meeting, President Dr. Jeff
Turnbull served notice that sustainability of the health care system
would be a major focus for his term as president.
“Sustainability isn’t just about money.
It’s about what that money gets us. It’s about providing universal
access to high quality health care, delivered in a cost-effective manner
and with an emphasis on evidence and outcomes. There is no value in
having financial sustainability if we don’t use those resources to
ensure and improve the overall quality of the system itself,” he said.
Also during the meeting, Dr. John Haggie,
a general and vascular surgeon from Gander and former president of the
NLMA, was acclaimed as the CMA’s President-Elect.
“I am truly honored to have been chosen by
my peers to lead this great organization,” said Dr. Haggie. “The health
care system faces many challenges and the plan set out in the CMA’s
Health Care Transformation project leads the way to reforms that are
past due. I will use this year as President-Elect wisely, hoping to
learn as much as I can.”
Dr. Haggie will be installed as president
of the CMA during the 144th Annual Meeting of CMA General Council in St.
John’s in August 2011.