Sweet 16 in 2016

Standing: Dr. Chris Bourdon (HSN Chief of Staff), Tracy Nutt (Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce), Kate Lafantaisie (physician recruiter), Dr. Michael Schmidt (interventional radiologist) Dr. Denis Roy (HSN president and CEO, now retired),Mayor Brian Bigger, Nicole Everest (HSN board chair) Ray Hunt (NOSM) Dr. Ryan Hodgins, (orthopaedic surgeon, HSN). Dr. James Masters (thoracic surgery); sitting: Dr. Dominique Ansell, Dr. Renée-Anne Montpellier, Dr. Beatriz Junqueira-Duarte, and Dr. Noémie Robert Lajeunesse

Health Sciences North (HSN), the City of Greater Sudbury, and the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce work together to attract new physicians. Since 2000, around 245 new physicians have established practices in Greater Sudbury.

Sixteen doctors were added to the roster in 2016, divided evenly between general practitioners and specialists. Together they bring expertise in the fields of family medicine, palliative care, emergency medicine, sports medicine, orthopaedic trauma surgery, women’s imaging, forensic pathology, and tropical medicine.

Ten of the new doctors hail from either Greater Sudbury or Northern Ontario, including Dr. Dominique Ansell, a Francophone family physician who also works in Emergency medicine.

“I chose Sudbury because it’s home.” Ansell said in a release. “One of my favourite things about practising medicine in Sudbury is that I get to continue working in both official languages. Being a francophone it has been important to choose to practice in a bilingual community.”

Dr. Nachwa Ghobara is originally from Egypt. She is a family doctor with a master’s in tropical medicine. Her medical journey has taken her from Egypt to Saudi Arabia, and now to Sudbury. She started her Family Medicine Residency at NOSM in Sudbury in 2014 and finished last year.

One of Greater Sudbury’s newest radiologists is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dr. Beatriz Junqueira-Duarte came to Canada in 2007 for a six-month research project in women’s medical imaging in Toronto. That eventually led her to Health Sciences North.

“I was looking for a hospital setting where I could begin my practice and allow me to pursue women’s imaging,” she said. “We came to Sudbury and felt it would be a great place to practice medicine and raise my family.”

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