Physician Leads

Critical Care: Dr. David Neilipovitz

Dr NeilipovitzJun 27, 2013 - The Champlain LHIN is pleased to announce the reappointment of Critical Care Physician Lead, Dr. David Neilipovitz, who is working to improve access to care for critically ill patients.

Dr. Neilipovitz who took on this role in 2011, 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. 

A resident of the Ottawa region since 1994, 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 VisserJun 27, 2013 - We are pleased to announce that Dr. Shaun Visser has been appointed as Emergency Department Physician Lead.

The role of the Lead is to help coordinate emergency 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 taken the opportunity to locum in two rural emergency rooms of our region - Pembroke Regional Hospital and Hawkesbury & District General Hospital.

For the past 16 years, 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 HarroldDec 1, 2015 - The Champlain LHIN and Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program (CMNRP) are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. JoAnn Harrold as the Physician Lead for Newborn Care.

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.

Dr. Harrold is a leader in maternal child health policy and health system planning. She was integral in the planning and development of the CMNRP. Dr. Harrold was also the program’s inaugural Chair of the Quality and Performance Management Committee.

As well, she led the work group that produced the regional hyperbilirubinemia guidelines. This work was recognized provincially, and she then co-led the hyperbilirubinemia quality-based procedures work group, hosted by the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health (PCMCH). She contributes to other initiatives to improve maternal-newborn outcomes through PCMCH, Better Outcomes Registry and Network (BORN) Ontario, and the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres.

Dr. Harrold obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree from McMaster University, and her Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Certification from the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada. 

Dr. Harrold joins the CMNRP leadership team, providing expert advice on newborn health and neonatal care to regional partners and key stakeholders.

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 WalkerSept 19, 2013 - The Champlain LHIN and the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program (CMNRP) are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Mark Walker as Physician Lead for Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Walker is presently the Chair and Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Newborn Care at the University of Ottawa, and The Ottawa Hospital. He is also a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Walker has held several leadership roles in maternal child health policy and health 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. He has co-authored and published hundreds of journal articles and abstracts in the past 10 years.

Dr. Walker holds a Masters in Health Care Management from Harvard University, and a Master’s of Science in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from Queen’s University.

As Medical Lead for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Walker joins the leadership team of the CMNRP, providing expert advice to the LHIN and to key stakeholders on advancement in care for mothers and babies in the region.

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

Primary Care: Dr. Jacques Lemelin 

Dr LemelinFeb 3, 2012 - The Champlain LHIN is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jacques Lemelin as Physician Lead for Primary Care.

Dr Lemelin played a leading role in the development of outreach facilitation as an intervention to improve preventive care and enhance the management of chronic illness in primary care. Other areas of research include screening and management of chronic kidney disease and the Home Hospital as a means of transferring hospitalization days to the community.

Dr Lemelin is a graduate of McGill University, and received his family medicine residency training at Dalhousie University. He began his career in rural Québec, where he was active in research and teaching, and was Medical Director of the local hospital. He joined the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa in 1990, where he has functioned both as clinician educator and researcher. He achieved the rank of full professor in 2004, and was appointed Chair of the Department of Family Medicine in 2007.

Dr. Lemelin was a senior scientist at the University of Ottawa Institute of Population Health, and is a senior scientist at the Campbell T. Lamont Primary Care Research Centre of the Elisabeth Bruyère Research Institute. He is a Certificant and Fellow of the College of Family Medicine of Canada.

He has played an important role in developing research capacity in the University of Ottawa Department of Family Medicine, which has become recognized as a national leader in primary-care health-services research. Dr. Lemelin will work to improve access to health care.