Issue 32 – November 2019
Teamwork is the theme
Teamwork is the theme for our next annual report.

Everyone is invited to participate in the Department of Medicine large group photo.

Halifax Infirmary
Summer Street entrance
By the double staircase

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
7:45 am
(before DoM Grand Rounds)
Everyone is welcome!
Yes - that includes physicians, residents, admins, research & clinic staff
DoM Research Evening 2019
November 14, 2019
Prince George Hotel
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
If planning to attend, please register online by November 1 st:
Please ensure any dietary restrictions are indicated.

Dr. Tasha Kulai, Division of Digestive Care & Endoscopy
"Patient-Centered Care in Cirrhosis"

Dr. Janet Roberts, Division of Rheumatology
"Rheumatic Complications of Immunotherapy: More Questions than Answers"

Dr. Todd Hatchette, Departments of Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology, and Medicine
"Lyme Disease in NS"
Research Excellence Awards

Dr. Lisa Barrett, Division of Infectious Diseases
Dr. Leah Cahill, DoM Research Scientist
Dr. John Hanly, Division of Rheumatology
Medicine Matters Conference 2019
November 15, 2019
Collaborative Health Education Building (CHEB)
8:25 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Treatment as prevention: HIV and HCV treatment as harm reduction strategies

Morning small group sessions:
  • CBD: A primer for the novice
  • Immune-mediated reactions to checkpoint inhibitors
  • Management of alcohol abuse, including withdrawal and alcohol-related liver disease
  • Introduction to Point of Care Ultrasound for the Beginner / Novice (Section 3 MOC credits) - (space is limited for this session)

Be it resolved that the stethoscope (i.e. traditional cardiac and respiratory physical examination) is obsolete

Afternoon small group sessions:
  • Management of acute stroke in inpatients
  • My pet peeves as an ID practitioner: how internists can improve ID care
  • Evidence behind searching for occult malignancy in VTE and iron deficient patients
DoM Holiday Reception 2019
December 5, 2019
Lord Nelson Hotel
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
RSVP to Janet Hartnett by:
  • Outlook invitation: Accept the calendar invitation in your email (sent October 30, 2019)
  • Phone: 902-473-2379
Recognition of Long Service
In 2019, we recognize the following administrative staff for their service in the DoM:
5 years ~ Amanda MacKay, Program Assistant ~ Division of Medical Oncology
5 years ~ Sophie Montreuil, Education Coordinator ~ DoM Administration
5 years ~ Valerie Weatherby, Admin Assistant ~ Division of Medical Oncology
10 years ~ Teresa Brake, Admin Assistant ~ Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
10 years ~ Melissa Chaffey, Team Lead ~ Division of General Internal Medicine
10 years ~ Nicole Deveau, Team Lead ~ Division of Medical Oncology
10 years ~ Ashley Doucette, Program Assistant ~ Division of Neurology
10 years ~ Natalie Garneau, Admin Assistant ~ Division of Digestive Care & Endoscopy
10 years ~ Tom Henneberry, Data Manager ~ DoM Administration
10 years ~ Kathryn McIlrath, Physician Resource Officer, DoM Administration
10 years ~ Mary Sue Radford, Chief Financial Officer ~ DoM Administration
10 years ~ Connie Tone, Billing Manager ~ DoM Administration
15 years ~ Nicole Chiasson, Team Lead ~ Division of Cardiology
15 years ~ Elaine Haines, Admin Assistant ~ Division of Hematology
15 years ~ Sandy Porter, Team Lead ~ Division of Digestive Care & Endoscopy
20 years ~ Michelle Bourgeau, Admin Assistant ~ Division of Cardiology
20 years ~ Nancy Young, Admin Assistant ~ Division of Cardiology
30 years ~ Jann Kidson, Finance Office ~ DoM Administration
30 years ~ Heidi Blois, Team Lead ~ Division of Respirology
35 years ~ Joanne Fraser, Admin Assistant ~ Division of Respirology
35 years ~ Valerie Naugle, Billing Clerk ~ DoM Physician Services

In 2019, we recognize the following physicians/faculty for their service in the DoM:
20 years ~ Lenley Adams, MD, Academic appointment (General Internal Medicine)
20 years ~ Hussein Beydoun, MD, Cardiologist
20 years ~ Christine Dipchand, MD, Nephrologist
20 years ~ Gordon Dow, MD, Academic appointment (Infectious Diseases)
20 years ~ Conrad Fernandez, MD, Cross appointment (Hematology)
20 years ~ Laura Finlayson, MD, Academic appointment (Dermatology)
20 years ~ Laurette Geldenhuys, MD, Cross appointment (Nephrology)
20 years ~ Nicholas Giacomantonio, MD, Cardiologist
20 years ~ Michael Goodyear, MD, Adjunct appointment
20 years ~ Christopher MacKnight, MD, Geriatrician
20 years ~ Darrell White, MD, Hematologist
25 years ~ Margot Burnell, MD, Academic appointment (Medical Oncology)
25 years ~ Richard Crowell, MD, Cardiologist
25 years ~ Graeme Rocker, MD, Respirologist
25 years ~ Paul Sohi, MD, Academic appointment (Nephrology)
25 years ~ Kenneth West, MD, Nephrologist
25 years ~ Howard Wightman, MD, Academic appointment (Cardiology)
30 years ~ Sean Dolan, MD, Academic appointment (Hematology)
30 years ~ Nancy Morrison, MD, Respirologist
30 years ~ Scott Murray, MD, Dermatologist
30 years ~ R. Mark Sadler, MD, Neurologist
30 years ~ Robert Tremaine, MD, Dermatologist
35 years ~ Chris Koilpillai, MD, Cardiologist
35 years ~ Stephen Phillips, MD, Neurologist
There are many more individuals with long service. The list above shows individuals in five year intervals.

Thank you for your dedication and contributions to our team. We are stronger together.
Kudos & Congratulations
Dr. Ron MacCormick receives Clinical Service Excellence Award at 2019 CB Cancer Symposium
"Dr. Ron MacCormick, medical oncologist, educator and researcher, received the Clinical Service Excellence Award. Innovative, caring and hardworking, and passionate about cancer care, Dr. MacCormick is a pioneer in developing cancer services in Nova Scotia."

Dr. Ron MacCormick holds an academic appointment with the Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University.
NSHA Flu Campaign ~ October 17 to November 14
NSHA’s 2019 flu campaign for employees, physicians, learners and volunteers runs from Oct. 17 to Nov. 14 (schedule modified and extended).

The campaign promotes immunizations to help keep our staff and patients healthy and safe during flu season. Proper handwashing is a must to help keep germs away.

VIsit Stop the Flu on the NSHA intranet for more information.
Percipio - professional development for Dal staff
​Dal introduces Percipio, the Netflix ™ of Learning

Dal employees have access to a new Intelligent learning platform called Percipio. It replaces Skillsoft that the university has been using since 2013.

Percipio was launched as a result of a change in users' expectations demanding simplicity, ease of content discovery, and an aesthetic more like Netflix, Facebook or Spotify.

Visit and get started by using your Dal NetID and password.
View recent media headlines
---> In the Media  
on the
Department of Medicine website
(October 18, 2019)

QEII observational study underway to revolutionize obstructive sleep apnea treatment.

Dr. Debra Morrison,
Division of Respirology

(October 18, 2019)

Elissa is part of team that organizes free health information sessions to promote healthy living and continued learning in the community. Sessions held at QEII.

Elissa Hughes, Team Lead
Division of Geriatric Medicine

(October 18, 2019)

Sue Pleasance honours Dr. Stephen Couban at fifth annual Ride for Cancer during opening ceremonies on September 28, 2019.

Sue Pleasance, Associate Director of Research,
Division of Hematology

(October 18, 2019)

Dr. Amir AbdelWahab, a QEII cardiac electrophysiologist is leading the RAPID-VT Pilot study aimed at advancing care for life-threatening heart arrhythmias.

Dr. Amir AbdelWahab,
Division of Cardiology

(September, 2019)

Missed Dr. Duperé in the trailer of "Her Last Project"? Click the link below to watch.

Dr. David Dupere,
Division of Palliative Medicine

Jo-Ann Clarke ~ Division Assistant ~ Division of Palliative Medicine
Gift Madusha ~ Program Assistant ~ Division of Respirology (moves from the Division of Digestive Care & Endoscopy on November 12th)
Jenny (Thibodeau) Pierce ~ Team Lead ~ Division of Neurology
Crystal Stadling is retiring on November 29, 2019. She has been a Team Lead with Neurology since December 9, 2009. Crystal has also worked in Cardiology and at the Eye Clinic. In her retirement, Crystal will enjoy time with her husband and family as well as time at her cottage. We thank Crystal for all her contributions to the Department of Medicine and the Division of Neurology.
Take Our Kids to Work Day
Take Our Kids to Work Day , takes place on
Wednesday, Nov 6 th , 2019.

 This is an annual event where Grade 9 students step into their future for a day and get a glimpse into the working world.


Visit for more information
Upcoming Events
DoM Research Evening
Prince George Hotel
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Medicine Matters Conference 2019
Collaborative Health Education Bldg.
Friday, November 15, 2019
Internal Medicine Site Visit
Moncton & Saint John, NB
November 20 - 22, 2019
DoM Holiday Reception
Lord Nelson Hotel
Thursday, December 5, 2019 @ 7 pm
Teach the Teachers 2020
Collaborative Health Education Bldg.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
DoM Research Day
Pier 21
Thursday, April 16, 2020
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