Sunday, 28 April 2013

Award-winning doctors 2012

Award-winning doctors

2012 award recipients, l-r: Drs. David Marsters, Louis Fernandez, Richard Hall, Winston Parkhill and Dora Stinson. 

2012 Achievement awards booklet
Five physicians were honoured for their contributions to the medical profession at the 2012 Doctors Nova Scotia achievement awards ceremony during the Doctors Nova Scotia annual conference at Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa on June 2.

Rural Physician of the Year Award

Dr. David Marsters of Port Williams received the Rural Physician of the Year Award in recognition of his dedication to stroke-related issues in Annapolis Valley Health. A long-time rural physician, Dr. Marsters understands first-hand the unique challenges of providing stroke care in rural districts. His strategies have since been used elsewhere in the province to improve care for patients in rural areas.

Senior Membership Award

Dr. Louis Fernandez of Halifax was recognized with the Senior Membership Award. Appointed the first head of Dalhousie University’s Division of Hematology in 1986, he held the position until 2001 while also serving as chief of service of the hematology division. For the last 12 years of his tenure, he chaired a successful Atlantic Hematology Symposium, which brought world leaders in hematology to Nova Scotia.

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Richard Ivan Hall of Halifax. He’s regarded as pioneering academic critical care medicine in Nova Scotia, virtually from its inception. One of Dr. Hall’s greatest career accomplishments is founding the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group. It's the most successful investigator-initiated and led clinical trials network in critical care medicine in the world.

Canadian Medical Association
Honourary Membership Award

Dr. Dora Stinson and Dr. Winston Parkhill, both of Halifax, received the Canadian Medical Association Honourary Membership Award.

Dr. Stinson is a practicing neonatologist at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. She’s known for her outstanding skills in physical examination and diagnosis that were honed in an era prior to extensive imaging equipment. She is regarded among her colleagues as a selfless physician who is always available for her patients and their families regardless of whether she’s on call. She’s a renowned teacher to generations of medical students and residents in the Department of Paediatrics at Dalhousie University.

Dr. Parkhill built a reputation around his unique teaching style and his personal, humanistic approach to patient care. He practiced plastic surgery in Nova Scotia for over 35 years and was involved in outreach clinics in Cape Breton at a time when no plastic surgeon was available there. He was regarded as a leader in the management of patients with rheumatoid hand deformities and Dupuytren’s disease. He was also involved with championing the introduction of sentinel node biopsy in the care of melanoma patients. He’s known for the inspiration and influence he provided to a generation of surgeons.

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