Fall 2010

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CMA elects new president; Dr. John Haggie confirmed as president-elect


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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 acclaimed President-Elect.

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.

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