Edward Douglas Bell, MD, FRCSC 2021
Doug Bell has dedicated much of his notable 41-year medical career to the provision of professional development and medical risk management education, leadership and mentoring. This began early on during his years in clinical practice in the field of obstetrics and gynecology and continued throughout his 27 years in progressively senior leadership positions within the CMPA. He has provided decades of guidance and leadership to the team of physician advisors on staff at the CMPA, as well as medical-legal advice and education to thousands of CMPA members and physician leaders in clinical practice. Additionally, he has led the CMPA’s collaborative efforts in advocacy and stakeholder engagement for over two decades. When he retires this June, Doug Bell will have left his indelible mark of excellence on all aspects of the CMPA’s work, and the essential role it plays in the Canadian healthcare system.
A few excerpts from the letters of recommendation…
“To borrow an old business adage, Doug “walks the walk”. The basis of Doug’s leadership abilities rest with a logic-based intelligence which allows him to be decisive when required. He is keen to take input from colleagues and staff and equally able to change directions upon reflection. He has always impressed us with his ability to totally separate business disagreements from the social environment, a skill very few senior leaders enjoy. Doug does not beat around the bush, communicating clearly and directly but always respectfully. There is never any doubt with his verbal or written messaging.
If we have not yet led you to interpret what we see as obvious, Doug is one of the most honest and ethical persons we have ever met. He has established a high bar for himself and lives it; however, he does place great value in compassion and this contributes to fairness. There is no “mean” streak in this man.
These character traits combine to make up “respect” as it applies to Dr. Doug Bell and it is why we are so convinced he is deserving of the CSPL Excellence in Medical Leadership Award.
John Gray, MD and Pat Ceresia, MD
Doug’s good humor and fine temperament have been tremendous assets to the international medical profession in the numerous initiatives and educational programs he has organized and led for many years. His experience as a physician, combined with his talents as a business executive, make Dr. Doug Bell one of the most widely respected and admired individuals within the global medical professional liability community.
Brian K. Atchinson, President & CEO, MPL
Neil E Gibson OMM, CD, MSc, DOHS, DTMH, CTropMed, CCPE, MD, FACP, FRCPC, Founder in GIM 2021
Dr. Gibson has had a distinguished career as a military officer serving for a total of 32 years. He held numerous leadership positions within our Canadian Armed Forces eventually retiring at the rank of Colonel. He has deployed overseas to multiple countries including Cambodia, Eritrea, and Ethiopia. He has served as the overall specialist advisor to the Surgeon General providing leadership within the Department of National Defence.
In 2006 he was made an Officer of Military Merit of Canada for his “outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility” awarded by the Governor General of Canada.
On an international level, he has served as a past governor for the American College of Physicians. He was responsible for the revival of our provincial chapter of the American College of Physicians. He has also served as the president of the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine.
At the University of Alberta, Dr. Gibson has served in many roles including most recently Associate Dean, Clinical Faculty. During his tenure he was instrumental at raising the profile of our clinical faculty within the university. He has also achieved the rank of full Clinical Professor of Medicine. I would also note his multiple clinical teaching awards indicating the importance he places on preparing the next generation of physicians.
A few excerpts from the letters of recommendation…
In my observation of “The Colonel’s” leadership style, I characterize him as the rarest of medical leaders: a physician with a consistent “can-do” attitude. I learned from him not to be deterred by perceived organizational barriers, but rather to embrace hidden opportunities. He demonstrates innovation, flexibility, and broadmindedness to evolving medical practice and healthcare system dynamics. Nevertheless, he is principled and
resolute, when required. These insights continue to guide my approach to medical leadership.
Gurmeet Singh, MD, Medical Director
Adult ECMO Program, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
Dr. Gibson’s humility is probably one of his greatest strengths and one that can sometimes be hard to find in health care. He always has the best interest of his patients and the team around him at heart. He stands by his personal values and respects all members of the health care team. He is inquisitive and open to hearing many perspectives in complex problems and I have always known him to be open to considering all options to address challenging issues.
Scott A. McLeod, Registrar
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
The acceptance of Physician Assistants in Canada and their continued importance in the delivery of quality health care has been in no small part due to Dr. Gibson’s quiet and steady leadership. The development of/and organization of PA’s from an essentially military entity, at least in Canada, to a National Organisation can be attributed to MWO (ret) Tom Ashman and others. Tom was a medic deployed with us in Somalia. Very early in the PA movement, Neil became a champion for them and has advocated for them tirelessly. Recently he was recognized by CAPA (Canadian Association of Physician Assistants) for his hard work and commitment.
I believe I have seen Dr. Gibson as few others have. He is a superb doctor. His concerns for patients encompass so much more than medical management. He is a compassionate physician who is always looking to make the system work better for all patients. During all of our interactions I have found him to be insightful, dedicated and
Colonel (ret) Russell James Brown CD MD MA
Associate Clinical Professor (retired)
Dept. of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
University of Alberta
Dr. Karen Shaw 2020
Dr. Shaw completed her MD at the University of Saskatchewan in 1983 and practiced general practice for a number of years in private practice and at the Student Health Clinic on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan. She was introduced into the world of medical regulation when she was elected as a Councilor of the College of Physicians and Surgeons and served as President in 1998.
Dr. Shaw commenced working for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan in a contract position working within the complaints process for several years, before being named Deputy Registrar in 2001. She held that position until she became the Registrar on July 1, 2011, a position which she still holds.
In addition to being involved in the regulation of medicine at the provincial level, Dr. Shaw has been involved at the national level in the work of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC) as a Member at Large, President elect and as President (2002) and is now currently a Board Director.
Dr. Shaw has been heavily involved in the work of the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) as a Board member and served as President for an extended period of three years from 2015-2018. Dr. Shaw was also a member of the Steering Committee of the National Assessment Collaboration Practice Ready Assessment project for foreign trained family physicians, internists and psychiatrists, which has influenced the integration of foreign trained family physicians through the SIPPA program in the province.
Dr. Shaw also finds time to work collaboratively with other regulatory organizations across the province and the country on mutual issues pertaining to health care in Saskatchewan. Dr. Shaw is always willing and available to provide presentations to medical students. Each year she provides presentations to year 1 through to year 3 students on a number of topics including “maintaining professional boundaries with patients”, “the regulation of medicine in Saskatchewan”, “professionalism in medicine”, and many more topics all aimed at ensuring that our future medical professionals are aware of their ethical responsibilities in being privileged to practice medicine.
A few excerpts from her letters of recommendation…
Dr. Shaw has a keen interest in physician health issues, and quality improvement practices as they relate to maintaining competency throughout a physician’s career and aims to address these in her remaining time as Registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.
I believe that Dr. Karen Shaw is arguably one of the most influential physician leaders in Saskatchewan today. Her professional work with many provincial and national organizations is outstanding and her leadership is a testament to the hard work and dedication she has given to the field of health care over her career spanning 35+ years to date.
Dr. Brian Brownbridge
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
It is with great pleasure that I write in support of Dr. Karen Shaw’s nomination for the Chris Carruthers Award of the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders. I have known Dr. Shaw for 20 years. She is a strong and trusted figure in the world of medical regulation, both in Canada and on the international scene. Professional regulators are not born, they are made. She has led neophyte Council members through a careful and thoughtful approach on their way to becoming familiar with the intricacies of the job at hand. As a result, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan is a good example of a well-functioning, adaptive and modern authority.
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada
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