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2017 Doctors Nova Scotia, CMA award recipients announced

This year, Doctors Nova Scotia honours nine physicians for exemplary achievement. The physicians named below received their awards at the association’s annual conference on June 3 in Halifax.

Distinguished Service Award:  Dr. Romesh Shukla

Dr. Romesh Shukla receives the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his achievements as an anesthesiologist. Dr. Shukla has practised as an anesthesiologist for 34 years; he is currently head of the Department of Anesthesiology, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine for the Nova Scotia Health Authority. He is a Past-President of Doctors Nova Scotia.

Rural Physician of the Year Award: Dr. Philippa (Pippa) Moss

Dr. Pippa Moss is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who is being recognized for her work providing specialized autism assessment services in the rural communities in and around Amherst, Truro, New Glasgow, and Sydney, N.S. Dr. Moss’s expertise and advocacy have been recognized nationwide; she is a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and is currently in her second term as president of the Nova Scotia Psychiatric Association.

Dr. William Grigor Award: Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed

Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed, Deputy Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia, has been awarded the Dr. William Grigor Award in recognition of her work to improve the health of all Nova Scotians. “Public health is fully multidisciplinary,” said Dr. Watson-Creed, who says she is perhaps most proud of her recent work on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on a Healthy and Livable Halifax. But it’s early days yet – Dr. Watson-Creed has a long career ahead of her. “Public health is all about starting, not about finishing. The work we’re doing is a long-term project.”

Physician Health Promotion Award: Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy

Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy is a professor of geriatric psychiatry at Dalhousie University and the clinical academic director of the Dalhousie University/NSHA Geriatric Psychiatry Program. She receives the Doctors Nova Scotia Physician Health Promotion award in recognition of her work in leading the Fountain of Health Initiative, a national effort to promote brain health and resilience. Dr. Cassidy is a recognized national expert in late-life mood and anxiety disorders and in psychotherapy, having developed an evidence-based group psychotherapy treatment approach for late-life depression and anxiety disorders. She was also the recipient of the 2016 Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry Outstanding Contributions to Geriatric Psychiatry Award.

Doctors Nova Scotia Senior Membership Award

Dr. Alexander (Alec) Allen
Dr. Alexander Allen receives the Senior Membership Award in recognition of his 50-year career as a neonatologist at the Grace Hospital and IWK Health Centre. Dr. Allen spent 38 years as a practising academic clinician; following his retirement in 2003, Dr. Allen has been committed to neonatal-perinatal medicine research. In the half-century that he has been working in the field, Dr. Allen has contributed to a major improvement in the lives of newborn babies.
Dr. Roland (Rollie) Genge
Dr. Rolland Genge receives the Senior Membership Award in recognition of his long career as a family physician. He practiced family medicine in Stephenville, Nfld., for four years following his graduation from Dalhousie Medical School in 1971, then moved to Cape Breton in 1975. “My most cherished accomplishment has been the opportunity to advocate on behalf of my patients,” he said. “I consider it a privilege to be someone who has been in a position to make a difference for my patients.”

CMA Honorary Membership Award

Dr. Ronald Hatheway
Dr. Ronald Hatheway, a community cardiologist in Bridgewater, N.S., is being honoured with the CMA Honorary Membership Award in recognition of his service to patients and cardiology. Following seven years in general practice in British Columbia, Dr. Hatheway has been working for 30 years as a cardiologist – fulfilling a lifelong passion. Dr. Hatheway was instrumental in setting up an echocardiography lab and heart health clinics on the south shore of Nova Scotia, making it easier for patients to get the care they needed closer to home.

Dr. Elizabeth Mann
Dr. Elizabeth Mann receives the CMA Honorary Membership Award in honour of her 37-year career as a general internist in Halifax, working with patients at the VG Hospital, the QEII, and for a short time at the North End Community Health Centre. Dr. Mann has held numerous leadership roles, and served as president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS) from 2012 to 2014. Retirement has allowed her to spend more time with her family and friends but, not wanting to leave medicine behind entirely, she has maintained her involvement with the CPSNS.

Dr. John A. Sullivan
Dr. John A. Sullivan receives the CMA Honorary Membership Award in recognition of a long career as a cardiovascular surgeon in Nova Scotia. He has spent almost 40 years performing life-saving heart surgeries for countless Nova Scotians, and is renowned for performing the first heart transplant in the province, in 1988. Dr. Sullivan is a Past-President of Doctors Nova Scotia; he is also a director for the Maritime Heart Center (a registered charity), a founding member and past-president of the Atlantic Vascular Society and a past-president of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.

Awards presentation

The awards were presented at Doctors Nova Scotia’s 2017 annual conference, June 2-3 at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax, N.S.

2018 nominations

Nominations for the 2018 Achievement Awards will open in July.


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 L-r: Drs. Ian Morris, Alexa Bagnell, Mohan Virick, Heather Wellwood, Merv Shaw, Louise Cloutier, Robert Read. Missing Drs. Herb Orlik, Gordon Launcelott

2016 award recipients

Dr. Herb Orlik, Halifax, honoured with Distinguished Service Award 
In addition to being one of the most prestigious awards presented on behalf of the association, the Distinguished Service Award is given to a physician who has made an outstanding contribution to the medical profession and as a result, has helped many by raising the standards of the medical practice.

Dr. Heather Wellwood, Wolfville, honoured with Rural Physician of the Year Award
The Rural Physician of the Year Award is presented to a rural physician who has made an outstanding contribution to the health of individuals, to various community groups and/or to non-profit organizations in rural communities of Nova Scotia.

Dr. Alexa Bagnell, Halifax, honoured with Dr. William Grigor Award
Dr. William Grigor was the first President of Doctors Nova Scotia. Widely recognized for his contribution to the early developments of a public hospital, the Dr. Wiliam Grigor Award is presented to a physician under the age of 50 who has made an outstanding contribution benefiting the health of Nova Scotians.

Dr. Monika Dutt, Sydney, honoured with Physician Health Promotion Award
The Physician Health Promotion award is given to a physician who has made an outstanding contribution to health promotion, safety and preventative care among Nova Scotians.

Dr. Gordon Launcelott, Halifax; Dr. Ian Morris, Halifax
Doctors Nova Scotia Senior Membership Award

The Senior Membership Award is presented to physicians who in addition to practicing for many years, is also widely respected and held in high regard by his or her fellow physicians throughout the medical community and the province.

Dr. R. Allan Purdy, Halifax; Dr. Louise Cloutier, Wolfville; Dr. Robert Read, Halifax
CMA Honorary Membership Award

The recipients of the Canadian Medical Associaiton’s Honorary Membership Award has well established themselves in their medical careers by making significant contributions to their profession and wider community. Doctors Nova Scotia is entitled to only three honorary members a year and honorary members will enjoy all the rights and privileges of the association.

Dr. Mohan Virick, Sydney

Patient's Choice Award
The Patient's Choice Award recognizes physicians who embody qualities that make them an outstanding physician – qualities such as compassion, thoroughness, good listening skills and humility. The award also recognizes physicians who make significant contributions to medical research and demonstrate leadership in the areas of advocacy, community service and/or medical education. Nominations for 2016-17 Patient’s Choice Award will open in the Fall of 2016.

Awards presentation

The awards were presented at Doctors Nova Scotia’s 2016 annual conference, June 3-4 at Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa.