Dr. Manoj Vohra, of Valley, N.S., was installed as Doctors Nova Scotia’s President during the association’s annual conference in June 2017.
Dr. Vohra graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1988. Since then, he has practised in both urban and rural practices, from Halifax to Sherbrooke. He spent several years as a family physician in Westville, and has also worked at the CEC in Tatamagouche and in primary care in Pugwash.
In the early 2000s, Dr. Vohra held leadership positions at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow, N.S., including president and vice-president of medical staff and head of family practice. From there, it was off to Queen’s University, from which he graduated with an Executive MBA in 2011. On returning to Nova Scotia, Dr. Vohra moved to Truro, N.S., becoming the vice-president of medicine and chief of staff at Colchester East Hants Health Authority, where he also practiced as a family physician.
Dr. Vohra says his various work experiences have given him a comprehensive understanding of the province’s multiple payment models. Having worked most of his career as a fee-for-service family doctor, he has more recently been supporting underserviced areas on an APP contract. His involvement with contract negotiations – he was a member of the Board of Directors in 2015-16 and served as President-Elect in 2016-17 – gave him insight into the world of academic funding plans.
Dr. Vohra’s presidency follows several years of involvement with Doctors Nova Scotia. Prior to his term as President-Elect, he served one-year term on the association’s Board of Directors and was also a member of the Policy and Health Issues Committee in 2015–16.