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
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
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
SOURCE Canadian Medical Association
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