||Dr. Judith A. Armstrong – Health Link Primary Care Physician Lead - Peterborough City and County
Dr. Armstrong was born in Kingston and grew up in rural Eastern Ontario. After two years of undergraduate studies at the University of Western Ontario she studied Medicine at Ottawa University. While in Ottawa she met classmate and then husband Rick Binette. They studied Family Medicine at the Ottawa Civic Hospital site. After graduation they travelled to New Zealand working as locums for a year before returning to Ontario.
They started their family practices at The Peterborough Clinic, the largest oldest medical partnership in Canada. They have been practicing there for over 30 years. Dr. Armstrong has a general family practice with 19 years of active admission privileges at the Peterborough hospitals and now limited active privileges at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. She has served as chairperson of The Peterborough Clinic Executive, since 2008 and is the physician lead for their COPD program at The Peterborough Clinic. Dr. Armstrong is a member of The Peterborough Clinic FHO and the Peterborough FHT.
Dr. Armstrong has served on several community boards including The School Council at St. Peter’s Secondary School and the French Immersion Committee at the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board and the Kawartha Youth Orchestra as well as coaching and a trainer for soccer and girls’ hockey. Dr. Armstrong is the mother of 3 married children, a son who is an Aerospace Engineer and a son, a daughter and now a son-in-law who are Family Medicine Residents in Ontario. She is also the proud grandmother of 2 lovely granddaughters.
Dr. Paul Caulford – Primary Care Lead, Central East LHIN
Dr. Paul Caulford was born in Toronto and moved to Scarborough in 1967. After graduating from Leaside High School, Dr. Caulford attended the University of Toronto where he received his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Science, completing research at The Hospital for Sick Children and received his Medical Degree from the University of Toronto in 1978.
Dr. Caulford has practiced Family Medicine in Scarborough for his entire medical career, where he continues to operate a general community-based family practice. He also worked as an ER physician in his earlier years in practice.
His experience also includes serving as the former Chief of Family Medicine at The Scarborough Hospital (TSH), Program Director of the University of Toronto Family Medicine Residency Program at TSH, and as the founder of the first Family Health Team in Scarborough in 2005, which he led unto 2012.
In 2005 he was instrumental in initiating and then directing The Urban Outreach Health Centre at The Scarborough Hospital.
He has a longstanding interest in equitable access to health care for vulnerable populations - refugees and immigrants new to Canada and persons with disabilities – and is a founding member of the Community Volunteer Clinic (CVC) for the medically uninsured and Founding Medical Director of The Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Healthcare.
The CVC is a volunteer and humanitarian driven inter-professional team of medical, dental and community volunteers who give freely of their time to ensure equitable barrier free access to care, specifically for permanent residents not covered by Ontario Health Insurance Plan, including refugees and persons who are homeless.
Married to Marta for more than 45 years, he and his wife have five grown children and four grandchildren.
Dr. Gary M. Mann – Emergency Medicine Physician Lead, Central East LHIN
Dr. Gary Mann is the Program Chief in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Rouge Valley Health System’s Ajax and Pickering Campus where he has been a full-ime Emergency Medicine physician for nearly 30 years. Dr. Mann came to work at the then Ajax and Pickering General Hospital in the fall of 1982, shortly after a residency program in General Surgery at the University of Toronto Affiliated Hospitals.
From the very beginning of his tenure in Ajax, Dr. Mann has championed Pre-hospital Emergency Care, teaching Emergency Ambulance Attendants who were the precursors to the high level paramedics we enjoy today. To that end, Dr. Mann, established a new model of Pre-hospital care known as the Emergency Medical Response Unit. This entity made an Emergency Physician available to the Ambulance Attendants in the field for major incidents such as mass-casualty events, industrial accidents and even home births.
Prior to the advent of LHINs, Dr. Mann served on the Durham District Health Council and chaired two of its committees. He has also been involved in Clinical Research and has served on the Rouge Valley Health System's Ethics Board. Medical Students, nurses, paramedics and Interns and Residents have all benefited from teaching experiences that Dr. Mann has provided over the years.
In his capacity as Central East LHIN Emergency Medicine Physician Lead, Dr. Mann chairs the Central East LHIN Emergency Department Chiefs Group. He is also a member of the Provincial Emergency Physician LHIN Leads, chaired by Dr. Howard Ovens, and a member of the G.T.A. Emergency Department Chiefs Group.
Dr. Mann was raised in North York. He attended the University of Louisville where he graduated with a combined degree in Science-Medicine and graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1979, after which he returned to Toronto for Post-graduate training in General Surgery. Since then, Dr. Mann has proudly provided Emergency Medical care to the communities of West Durham Region. Dr. Mann continues to teach Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, and Emergency Dept. Echo (EDE), the use of Point of Care Ultrasound.
||Dr. Avnish Mehta - Health Link Primary Care Physician Lead - Scarborough South
Dr. Mehta did his undergraduate degree at Queen's University and went to medical school at the University of Ottawa. Following this he did his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Since graduating he has had a broad range of practice, including both in-patient/out-patient and academic/non-academic. He has done family practice in Ottawa and Toronto. He worked as a hospitalist at Toronto Rehabilitation Centre, Ottawa Heart Institute and Rouge Valley Health System. He also has experience working as a Coroner in Ottawa.
Dr. Mehta currently is a Family Physician in Scarborough. He is working at The Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities as their Medical Lead. He is a member of their Quality Performance and Management Committee and is their Ethics' Co-Lead. Recently he has been actively involved in physician engagement for the Scarborough Palliative Care Physician Team. Currently he is a member of the Vascular Health Strategic Aim Coalition (Central East LHIN) and Clinical Advisory Team (Association of Ontario Health Centres).
Dr. Ed Osborne - Regional Palliative Care Physician Lead for the Central East Region
The Central East Local Integration Health Network (Central East LHIN) and the Central East Regional Cancer Program (CERCP) appointed Dr. Edward Osborne as the Regional Palliative Care Physician Lead for the Central East Region.
Dr. Osborne is a family physician in Bowmanville. He has been the section chief for Palliative Care at Lakeridge Health since 2013 and co-chair of the Palliative at Home and Hospital Care team (PACT) since 1999. He has served on the Central East LHIN’s Primary Health Care Advisory Group and has held several key physician leadership roles at Lakeridge Health where he was Chief of Staff in Bowmanville from 2006 to 2009.
Dr. Osborne’s role is a partnership between the Central East LHIN and the CERCP. As Regional Palliative Care Physician Lead, he provides leadership across Central East championing both provincial and local strategies for palliative care. He also provides support to the newly developing Palliative Care Community Teams within Central East, including engagement and support of physicians who provide community palliative care.
Dr. Osborne also actively participates in the Central East Hospice Palliative Care Network to help facilitate regional planning, palliative program development, performance measurement and quality process improvement.
||Dr. Joe Ricci - Vascular Health Physician Lead, Central East LHIN
Dr. Ricci is a graduate of the University of Toronto who completed post graduate specialty training in Cardiology at the University of Toronto. He joined the Rouge Valley Health System in 1986. As the Director of the Regional Cardiac Care Program at RVHS he has led the expansion of cardiac care at RVHS and improvements in care for our community and at Corcare.
Dr. Ricci has special certifications in advanced cardiac imaging and a professional focus on prevention of cardiac disease progression. He is a member of provincial and regional committees including the CCN (Cardiac Care Network of Ontario), Central East LHIN, Cardiac Steering Committee, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Network of Ontario, and is a past member of the CCN Cardiac Rehabilitation Expert Panel and Ontario Cardiac Rehabilitation Pilot Steering Committee.
He was honored to receive the RCPs Excellence in Quality of Care Award and The Canadian Cardiovascular Society Segall Award. His multiple personal interests include Cycling, Downhill Skiing (CSIA instructor), Woodworking and Jazz Music.
“Our best opportunity to achieve long term cardiac health is to work together with our patients, their family and physicians to ensure an accurate diagnosis followed by continuous excellent care focused on prevention”.
||Dr. Susan Taylor - Health Link Primary Care Physician Lead - Scarborough North
Dr. Taylor was born in Toronto and lived in North York for most of her early years. She attended the University of Toronto and received her Medical Degree in 1986.
Dr Taylor has been a general practitioner in Scarborough for more than twenty-five years. She has been on active staff at the Scarborough Hospital where in previous years she was active in obstetrical care and the Sexual Assault Care Centre. Dr Taylor works in a busy general/family practice in North Scarborough with five other physicians serving a diverse and vibrant group of patients in the community. She is a member of the Scarborough Academic Family Health Team and has been privileged to serve as their President and Lead Physician since 2012.
Four sons, now of university age, have kept her and her husband busy as well. Special interests include music, getting away to a special place in the Haliburton Highlands, and gardening both in the city and up at the lake.
Dr. Randy S. Wax - Critical Care Physician Lead, Central East LHIN
Dr. Wax received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Toronto in 1994. He completed training in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1998, and subspecialty training in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. He has completed additional graduate training in Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto, awarded a Master of Education degree in 2005.
Dr. Wax is currently the Medical Director and Section Chief for Critical Care and Resuscitation Services at Lakeridge Health Corporation in Durham Region. He also serves as the Medical Director for Education and Simulation at the Lakeridge Health Education and Research Network (LHEARN). Dr. Wax is the Medical Consultant for the Ornge Academy of Transport Medicine and is active clinically as a Transport Medicine Physician for Ornge supporting air and ground transport of critically ill patients throughout the Province of Ontario.
Dr. Wax has an international reputation in Critical Care, and has held leadership roles with national and international organizations. He recently served as the Chair of the H1N1 Task Force, Chair of the Fundamental Disaster Management Course Committee, and Co-Chair of the Rapid Response System Task Force for the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He was a founding member of the Canadian Resuscitation Institute. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, has lectured extensively at international meetingd and has published many articles and book chapters in the fields of Critical Care Medicine, Medical and Interprofessional Education, Patient Simulation, Disaster Preparedness and Management, and Patient Safety.
||Dr. Sheila-Mae Young – Health Link Primary Care Physician Lead - Haliburton County and City of Kawartha Lakes
Dr. Young, a Lindsay Family Physician in the City of Kawartha Lakes has enjoyed multiple leadership responsibilities throughout her career. In the community, Dr. Young is the President of Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (HCI) as of June 16, 2016. HCI is a successful volunteer group of community members with a mandate to recruit family physicians for the City of Kawartha Lakes. Dr. Young led her City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Organization within its Family Health Team from Oct 2013 to 2015.
Throughout her career, Dr. Young has had multiple leadership responsibilities within her Community Hospital, the Ross Memorial Hospital. She has serviced as Chief of Medical Staff, President of Medical Staff and Clinical Medical Director of the Continuing Care Program at the Ross. Dr Young was pleased to accept the James Ross Award of Excellence, Ross Memorial Hospital in 2007 and the Glenn Sawyer Service Award, OMA in 2008. From 2002-2006, she was Co-Chair of Quality Assurance Program of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and since 2007 continues as a member of the Discipline Committee.
From November 2008 to May 2015, Dr. Young held the position of Primary Care Lead for the Central East Regional Cancer Program of Cancer Care Ontario, a position she held with fourteen other Regional Primary Care Leads across the Province. In 2011 and 2012 for six months, she performed the duties of the Provincial Primary Care Lead at Cancer Care Ontario. She has been co-lead of two Guidelines for Family Physicians and other Primary Care Providers on Referrals for Suspected Prostate and Lung Cancers that are published on the Cancer Care Ontario website in conjunction with the Program for Evidence Based Care (PEBC) and in the journal Canadian Family Physician.
Within the Central East LHIN, Dr. Young has been a member of the Primary Care Working Group since 2009 and most recently serves on the new Primary Health Care Advisory Group with its inception in 2013. Since 2013, she has served on the LHIN's Health Professional Advisory Committee (HPAC).
In 2008 and 2010, she participated in Humanitarian visits to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania with the non-governmental organization of Institute for Cultural Affairs (ICA Canada). Dr. Young continues in her volunteer participation in programmatic development at the community level for ICA Canada with particular interest in the “Il Ngwesi” approach to HIV/AIDS program development.
Family pursuits remain top priority and the grounding values for all activities.