Canadian Medical Association

The CMA Board of Directors is made up of members from each province and territory, as well as a medical student representative and a resident representative. The board is responsible for managing the CMA’s affairs, which includes overseeing for-profit subsidiaries, strategic planning and risk management. The board meets regularly to provide direction to the senior management team.

Dr. Brian Brodie, Chair

Dr. Brodie is a family physician in Chilliwack, British Columbia. He joined the CMA Board of Directors in 2010 after serving as president of Doctors BC (formerly the British Columbia Medical Association) from 2009 to 2010. Dr. Brodie became chair of the CMA Board of Directors in 2013 after a year as its honorary treasurer. Dr. Brodie completed the Institute of Corporate Directors’ program in 2014 and attained his ICD.D designation in early 2015. He was recognized by his peers and honoured with the distinction of the Canadian Certified Physician Executives in 2015.

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Dr. F. Gigi Osler, President, 2018-19

Dr. Osler has practised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, since 1998. She leads the section of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at St. Boniface Hospital and is an assistant professor with the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Manitoba. She also teaches medical students and residents at St. Boniface Hospital. A recognized advocate for physician health, Dr. Osler co-chaired the 2015 Canadian Conference on Physician Health and chaired the Physician Health and Wellness Committee for Doctors Manitoba.

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Dr. Sandy Buchman, President-Elect, 2018–19

Dr. Buchman is an associate professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and provides home-based palliative and end-of-life care through Toronto’s Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care. He currently serves as the medical lead for a group working to build the Neshama Hospice in Toronto. He recently chaired the Primary Care Committee of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Social Accountability Working Group of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He was president of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2011–2012 and the Ontario College of Family Physicians in 2005–2006.

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Dr. Laurent Marcoux, Past President, 2018–19

Dr. Marcoux started his career by founding the Centre médical Saint Denis-sur-Richelieu on Montreal’s South Shore, which he managed for 32 years. From 2012 to 2016, he served as the director of medical affairs and services of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay. He was president of the Quebec Medical Association from 2013 to 2015 and was one of two Quebec representatives on the CMA Board of Directors from 2011 to 2016.

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Dr. Guruswamy Sridhar, Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, Saskatchewan representative

Dr. Sridhar obtained his MRCP in internal medicine from the United Kingdom Royal College of Physicians and Fellowship and in respiratory medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. After completing a fellowship in sleep medicine in Minnesota, he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, and entered practice there. Dr. Sridhar was president of the Saskatchewan Medical Association in 2010.

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Dr. Rao Tadepalli, Yukon representative

Dr. Tadepalli is an emergency and family physician from Whitehorse, Yukon. Dr. Tadepalli served as president and CEO of the Yukon Medical Association for almost a decade. He is currently the president of the Whitehorse General Hospital Medical Staff and is a member of the Yukon Hospital Foundation.

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Dr. Courtney Howard, Northwest Territories representative

Dr. Howard is an emergency physician in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Dr. Howard was first author on the 2017 briefing for Canadian policymakers on behalf of the Lancet Countdown on Climate Change and Health and the Canadian Public Health Association. She is president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and sits on board of directors of the Global Climate and Health Alliance.

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Dr. Shelley Ross, British Columbia representative

Dr. Ross has spent her professional life as a full-service family physician with a special interest in obstetrics. Dr. Ross first became involved in organized medicine through the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. For the Medical Women’s International Association, she was the Vancouver branch president, national president and then president. She has also served the Doctors of BC in several capacities, including as president from 2012–13. Dr. Ross currently chairs the CMA Governance Committee.

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Dr. Robin Saunders, British Columbia representative

Dr. Saunders is a full-service rural family physician who has been active in Sooke, British Columbia, for over 25 years. Dr. Saunders is a past chair of the Doctors of BC board of directors, Governance and Nominations Committee and Central Coordinating Committee. He is currently chair of the board of directors of the South Island Division of Family Practice, and joint chair of the Collaborative Services Committee. Dr. Saunders sat on CMA’s Resolutions Committee for six years and the Committee on Ethics for six years (the last four as chair).

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Dr. Charles Webb, British Columbia representative

Dr. Webb started general practice at St. Vincent's Hospital in 1992. He has since served as an examiner for the Medical Council of Canada. In 2008, he was elected to the Doctors of BC board of directors and became its president in 2015.

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Dr. Carl Nohr, Vice-Chair, Alberta representative

Dr. Nohr is a community general surgeon in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He co-chaired the development of the Alberta Provincial Medical Staff Bylaws and Rules. Dr. Nohr has also served on the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, and as speaker and president of the Alberta Medical Association.

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Dr. Linda Slocombe, Alberta representative

A family physician by training, Dr. Slocombe currently practises low-risk obstetrics in a large group practice in Calgary, Alberta. She has previously served as a board member and president of the Alberta Medical Association. Dr. Slocombe currently chairs the CMA Appointments Committee.

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Dr. David Cram, Manitoba representative

Dr. David Cram has been a strong advocate for rural medicine. He organized the region’s doctors into the Manitoba Southwest Association of Rural Physicians, then later joined and became president of Doctors Manitoba. Dr. Cram is currently Chair of the Manitoba College of Physicians Westman Standards and the Regional Medical Advisory Committee.

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Dr. Kiran Cherla, Ontario representative

Dr. Kiran Cherla has been a comprehensive care family physician in Georgetown, Ontario, for the past 12 years. He has privileges in Georgetown hospital doing emergency shifts, primary care obstetrics and hospital work. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor at McMaster University Family Practice program-Halton Site. Dr. Cherla is the General Practice assembly Board Director and represents the profession on the Ontario Medical Association Board.

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Dr. Rachel Forman, Ontario representative

Dr. Forman is a Toronto-based specialist in obstetrics and gynecology and sub-specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She is the pharmacology lead (clerkship) for U of T’s MD program and is a representative on the University Governing Council. Dr. Forman has been an Ontario Medical Association (OMA) director since 2014 and is a member of the OMA’s Governance and Nominations Committee

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Dr. Albert Ng, Ontario representative

Dr. Ng is a family physician in Windsor, Ontario, where he has practised for 31 years. He has sat on the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) board of directors, and has been involved with various OMA committees and working groups related to member services and communications, public affairs, governance, budget, physician activities and subsidiary relevance. Dr. Ng also chaired the OMA’s Staffing Committee.

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Dr. Adam Steacie, Ontario representative

Dr. Steacie practises comprehensive family medicine and palliative care in Eastern Ontario. Dr. Steacie chaired the OMA President’s Advisory Panel on End-of-Life Care in 2013–14. He also chaired the CMA Committee on Health Care and Promotion.

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Dr. Richard Tytus, Ontario representative

Dr. Tytus practised as a GP anesthetist for five years in Blind River, Ontario, before practising in downtown Hamilton. He is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University. Dr. Tytus served as president of the Hamilton Academy of Medicine and is currently a director of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) Board (District 4).

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Dr. Bruno J. L’Heureux, Quebec representative

Dr. L’Heureux has been a family physician for 35 years and practises within a family medicine group at the Polyclinique Médicale Concorde in Laval, Quebec. He has been an active member of the Quebec Medical Association and the CMA since his medical studies. In 2014, the Quebec government’s Conseil exécutif appointed him as an administrative judge in the social affairs division of the Tribunal administratif du Québec, on which he still sits.

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Dr. Abdo Shabah, Quebec representative

Dr. Shabah is an emergency physician, innovator and public health specialist. He has taken part in numerous humanitarian missions, conducts research in information technology in disaster settings and continues to serve in the International Emergency Response Unit with the Canadian Red Cross. In 2013, Dr. Shabah founded HUMANITAS to generate technological solutions to assist emergency responders and other groups.

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Dr. Ann Collins, New Brunswick representative

Dr. Collins runs a full-time family practice in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Dr. Collins has served as president of the New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS) and spent five years as chair of the NBMS board of directors. She has led two NBMS governance reviews and served on the 2008 CMA Governance Review Committee Task Force.

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Dr. Celina White, Nova Scotia representative

Dr. White is a recently retired family physician from Nova Scotia who worked as a mental health GP and chronic pain physician. She served on the Doctors NS board of directors, as chair of its Audit Committee and a member of its Executive Committee.

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Dr. Frank MacDonald, Prince Edward Island representative

Dr. MacDonald has served on the board of directors and various committees of the Medical Society of Prince Edward Island. Before joining the CMA Board of Directors, he served as a member of the CMA Committee on Health Policy and Economics, which he also chaired for one year.

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Dr. Yordan Karaivanov, Newfoundland and Labrador representative

Dr. Karaivanov’s practice includes office-based care, obstetrics, emergency medicine and in-patient care. He works as chief of staff at the Labrador Health Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and is a clinical assistant professor in family medicine with Memorial University.

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Dr. Henry Annan, Medical student representative

Dr. Annan is a graduate of Dalhousie University and past president of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS). He also served as the CFMS National Officer for Human Rights and Peace.

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Dr. Kimberly Williams, Resident representative

Dr. Williams is a PGY4 resident in psychiatry at the University of Calgary. She was president of Resident Doctors of Canada in 2016–17. She was also a social medical affairs officer of the Junior Doctors Network of the World Medical Association and vice-president of global health for the Canadian Federation of Medical Students.

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