Dr. Jeff Turnbull assumes the presidency of the CMA

NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - Dr. Jeff Turnbull, Ottawa Hospital Chief of staff and co-founder of the Ottawa Inner City Health program is the new President of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). Dr. Turnbull takes over the presidency from Dr. Anne Doig, a family physician from Saskatoon. The "passing of the torch" occurred during the association's 143rd annual meeting in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

"We have a plan for health care transformation, we now need to take it to the front lines," said Dr. Turnbull during his inaugural speech. "We need to speak from principles and values, with evidence, courage and commitment. We need to encourage, challenge and compel governments to act."

Born and raised in Toronto, Jeff Turnbull received a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto and his medical degree from Queen's University.  He completed an internal medicine residency and a master's degree in education at the University of Western Ontario.  For nine years, Dr. Turnbull joined the faculty at the University of Western Ontario where he combined clinical practice, education and research.

Jeff Turnbull was recruited to the University of Ottawa and served as vice-dean for Medical Education for several years, before being appointed chair of the Department of Medicine, a position he held until 2008 when he became chief of staff at The Ottawa Hospital.

In the 1990s, Dr. Turnbull became increasingly interested in providing better clinical care to Ottawa's homeless population. He helped start Ottawa's Inner City Health Project, and has been its medical director since its inception. For this and other contributions, Dr. Turnbull received the Order of Canada in 2007.

"I have devoted the last two decades of my career dealing with the health inequities experienced by Canada's most vulnerable. Those of us who have worked in these settings are not convinced that there exists in this country a genuine commitment to equality and social justice, " he said. "We have arrived at a time when health care can no longer be considered a series of independent and isolated components. It is a system that must be integrated, often regionally managed, and held accountable for the public's health"

In addition to his contributions to community health at home, he has been involved in education and health services initiatives to enhance community and institutional capacity and sustainable development in Bangladesh, Africa and the Balkans.

Dr. Turnbull also served as president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and chaired the CMA's Future of Medicine Project. Dr. Turnbull was also Program Director of UNESCO's Universities in Solidarity for the Health of the Disadvantaged.

Jeff Turnbull continues to practice internal medicine both at The Ottawa Hospital and at several shelters associated with Ottawa Inner City Health.

A full bio of Dr. Jeff Turnbull and a copy of his inaugural speech can be found at: http://www.cma.ca/media-guide-gc2010 or  http://www.cma.ca/advocacy/cma-media-centre.

SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

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