Dr. John Haggie, becomes new CMA President-Elect

NIAGARA FALLS, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - Dr. John Haggie, a general and vascular surgeon from Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, has been acclaimed President-Elect of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) during the association's 143rd annual meeting in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

"I am truly honoured to have been chosen by my peers to lead this great organization," said Dr. Haggie.  "The health care system faces many challenges and the plan set out in the CMA's Health Care Transformation project leads the way to reforms that are past due. I will use this year as President-Elect wisely, hoping to learn as much as I can."

Born in England, Dr. John Haggie completed his medical studies in Manchester in General Surgery.  He held several positions as physician, surgeon, tutor and registrar in the North West region of England. 

Dr. Haggie moved in St Anthony, NL, in 1993 where he became consulting surgeon for the Grenfell Region Health Services.  In 1997, Dr. Haggie moved to Appleton, NL, where he was appointed attending surgeon, General and Vascular Surgery at the James Paton Memorial Hospital (JPMH) in Gander, NL.  He held this position until 2008 when he became chief of staff of the same hospital and he continues to serve in this capacity.

Dr. John Haggie served as president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA) in 2002. He also represented the NLMA on the CMA Board of Directors and other committees.  Most recently, Dr. Haggie served on the CMA's Committee on Education and Professional Development, representing the Atlantic provinces. He also chaired the CMA's Ad Hoc Working group on Pharmaceutical issues.

Dr. Haggie will serve as President of the CMA in the year 2011-2012.

A full bio of Dr. John Haggie can be found at:  http://www.cma.ca/advocacy/cma-media-centre

SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

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