Medical Leads

Critical Care: Dr. David Neilipovitz

Dr Neilipovitz

As Critical Care Lead, Dr. David Neilipovitz works to improve access to care for critically ill patients in the region.

In this role, Dr. Neilipovitz has worked collaboratively with partners to improve the quality, efficiency and coordination of lifesaving treatment in intensive care units at the 11 Champlain hospitals that offer these services.

Specifically, he has revitalized critical care in the region through the creation of the Champlain LHIN Critical Care Network and updated the region’s moderate surge policy, including the development of important new tools.

Dr. Neilipovitz is Department Head of Critical Care Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital, Chair of the Anesthesia Section of the Ontario Medical Association, and Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Ottawa.

Emergency Department: Dr. Shaun Visser

Dr Visser

As Emergency Department Lead, Dr. Shaun Visser helps coordinate care across the 16 emergency departments in the Champlain region, address medical human resource concerns, and spearhead improvements in emergency department wait times.

Dr. Visser is medical director of the emergency room at Hôpital Montfort and the LEAN lead for quality improvement throughout the hospital.

He has spent time working in two rural emergency rooms of our region - Pembroke Regional Hospital and Hawkesbury & District General Hospital.

Since 1997, Dr. Visser has been a full-time emergency physician, including as chief of emergency and trauma services at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

Prior to his move to Ottawa, he was the Emergency Department Lead for the North West LHIN.

Newborn Care: Dr. JoAnn Harrold

Dr Harrold

As Newborn Care Lead, Dr. JoAnn Harrold works to improve neonatal health in the region.

Dr. Harrold is the Division Chief for Neonatology at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Division Head for Newborn Care at The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus, and an Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, and part of the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program (CMNRP) leadership team. As well, she was integral in the program’s planning and development, and its inaugural Chair of the Quality and Performance Management Committee.

Dr. Harrold is a leader in health policy and system planning, and continues to contribute to numerous initiatives through the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health, Better Outcomes Registry and Network (BORN) Ontario, and Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres.

The Champlain LHIN provides funding for the CMNRP as part of the LHIN’s commitment to regional programs.

Obstetrics and Gynecology: Dr. Mark Walker

Dr WalkerDr. Mark Walker works to advance care for mothers and babies in the region, as Obstetrics and Gynecology Lead.

Dr. Walker is Chair and Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Newborn Care, University of Ottawa, and The Ottawa Hospital. He is also a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, and part of the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program (CMNRP) leadership team.

Dr. Walker has held several leadership roles in health policy, and system planning. He was a board member on the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health, co-chair for the Maternal Newborn Advisory Council and co-founder, as well as Scientific Director of the Better Outcomes Registry and Network (BORN) Ontario.

The Champlain LHIN provides funding for the CMNRP as part of the LHIN’s commitment to regional programs.

Palliative Care: Dr. Jill Rice

Dr Rice

In her role, Dr. Rice works among provincial, regional and local health care providers and the LHIN to help plan, develop, and coordinate end-of-life and hospice palliative care services across the Champlain region.

Dr. Rice is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Palliative Care, University of Ottawa, and a member of the Department of Palliative Care at Bruyère. She works with the Champlain Regional Palliative Consultation Team, an inter-professional program providing support to health care teams caring for patients in the community who need palliative care.

Previously, she worked as a family physician in Newfoundland and Owen Sound Ontario, then as a palliative care physician and General Practitioner in oncology with Grey Bruce Health Services.

Primary Care: Dr. Jacques Lemelin 

Dr Lemelin

As Primary Care Lead, Dr. Jacques Lemelin works closely with family doctors and nurse practitioners to support the development of Health Links. He also helps coordinate and connect these primary care providers with other health care organizations.

Dr Lemelin helped lead the development of outreach facilitation to improve preventive care and enhance chronic condition management in primary care.

He joined the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa in 1990. In 2007, he was appointed Department Chair. As clinical educator and researcher, he has played an important role in developing the organization’s research capacity.

Dr. Lemelin was a senior scientist at the University of Ottawa Institute of Population Health, and is a senior scientist at Bruyère’s Campbell T. Lamont Primary Care Research Centre. He is a Certificant and Fellow of the College of Family Medicine of Canada.