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Physician Leads

Critical Care

Emergency Department

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Primary Care


New! Annual Request for Service Proposals - Physician Leads in the following areas:

Submission Deadline: Monday, April 21, 2014, by email to darryl.gavard@lhins.on.ca.


Critical Care Lead: Dr. David Neilipovitz

Dr NeilipovitzJun 27, 2013 - The Champlain LHIN is pleased to announce the reappointment of Critical Care 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.

Critical Care Newsletter 

Emergency Department Lead: Dr. Shaun Visser

Dr Shaun VisserJun 27, 2013 - We are pleased to announce that Dr. Shaun Visser has been appointed the new Emergency Department Lead for the Champlain LHIN.

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 also the Emergency Department Lead for the North West LHIN.

Dr. Visser replaces Dr. Louise McNaughton-Filion as the Champlain LHIN’s Emergency Department Lead.

Dr. McNaughton-Filion made significant contributions during the past six years to improve emergency care for patients across the Champlain region, and was recently appointed as regional supervising coroner for Eastern Ontario.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Lead: Dr. Mark Walker

Dr. Mark 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 the Champlain LHIN Medical 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.

Over the years, 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 holds a Masters in Health Care Management from Harvard University and a Master’s of Science in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Walker has co-authored and published hundreds of journal articles and abstracts in the past 10 years.

He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from Queen’s University. As Medical Lead for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Walker will join the Leadership Team of CMNRP, providing expert advice to the LHIN and to key stakeholders on advancement in care for mothers and babies in the region.

Primary Care Lead: Dr. Jacques Lemelin 

Dr LemelinFeb 3, 2012 - Dr. Jacques Lemelin is a graduate of McGill University and received his family medicine residency training at Dalhousie University.

He is a Certificant and Fellow of The College of Family Medicine of Canada. Dr.Lemelin will work to improve access to health care.

Dr. Lemelin 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. He was appointed Acting Chair of the Department of Family Medicine in 2005, and Chair in 2007.

Dr. Lemelin was a senior scientist at The University of Ottawa Institute of Population Health from 2001 to 2006 and is a senior scientist at the Campbell T Lamont Primary Care Research Center of the Elizabeth Bruyère Research Institute.

He 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.

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.