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New President, priorities for medical association

Monday, June 4, 2012

Doctors Nova Scotia installed Halifax-based paediatric cardiologist Dr. John Finley as its new President during the association’s annual conference on Saturday, June 2 at Digby Pines.

Doctors Nova Scotia installed Halifax-based paediatric cardiologist Dr. John Finley as its new President during the association’s annual conference on Saturday, June 2 at Digby Pines.

“I’m honoured to take on the role of President and represent my colleagues throughout Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Finley. “There are so many important discussions happening around health care in our province and country. I’m happy to be able to lead my colleagues in improving patient care.”

The Lunenburg native has spent the last 34 years providing care to the youth of the province at the IWK Health Centre. He has been a leader in medicine for many years through teaching as a professor of paediatrics at Dalhousie University, pioneering applications for remote diagnosis of heart disease in children, and authoring a book on new methods of teaching auscultation of heart sounds.

At a time when health must change to keep up with growing demands and economic pressures, Dr. Finley plans to focus on bringing physicians to the forefront of leading that change.

“Who better to help shape health-care delivery than doctors who are on the ground every day working to improve the lives of their patient,” said Dr. Finley. “We owe it to our patients.” 

In May, the province released Shaping Our Physician Workforce, its action plan to establish physician resource planning. Dr. Finley sees this as an example of the important role physicians have in ensuring patient care is there when and where patients need it most. 

“Physicians have been involved in the development of the resource plan every step of the way and we’ll continue to represent the needs of our patients and communities,” said Dr. Finley. 

In his free time, Dr. Finley enjoys spending time with his wife and two adult children. His many outside interests include performing with Halifax Irish band Dicey Reilly, sailing and kayaking in Mahone Bay, cycling, skiing, and traveling.

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“I’m honoured to take on the role of President and represent my colleagues throughout Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Finley. “There are so many important discussions happening around health care in our province and country. I’m happy to be able to lead my colleagues in improving patient care.”

“Who better to help shape health-care delivery than doctors who are on the ground every day working to improve the lives of their patient,” said Dr. Finley. “We owe it to our patients.” 

“Physicians have been involved in the development of the resource plan every step of the way and we’ll continue to represent the needs of our patients and communities,” said Dr. Finley. 

-    Dr. John Finley, President of Doctors Nova Scotia

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Doctors Nova Scotia installed Halifax-based paediatric cardiologist Dr. John Finley as its new President.  

The Lunenburg native has spent the last 34 years providing care to the youth of the province at the IWK Heath Centre. At a time when health must change to keep up with growing demands and economic pressures, Dr. Finley plans to focus on bringing physicians to the forefront of leading that change.

Doctors Nova Scotia is the professional association representing all physicians in the province. It also has the honour of being the oldest medical association in Canada. There are over 3,500 members in total. The membership includes practicing physicians, retired physicians, medical students and residents.