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Members of Council

David J. Allison, MD, FRCPC (St. John's, NL)
Chair of Regional Advisory Committee (RAC ) 5
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Dr. Allison is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and has served as Medical Officer of Health for Eastern Health Region in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador since 2000. He is also a clinical associate professor in the Division of Community Health and Humanities of the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University. He has been a member of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada since 2013. More

Robert LaRoche MD, FRCSC (Halifax, NS)
Dr. Robert LaRoche is a professor and Head of the Division of Ocular Motility and Pediatric Ophthalmology in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Dalhousie University in Halifax.


Bruce Cameron, MD, FRCPC (Moncton, NB)
Dr.  Bruce Cameron is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Hematological Pathology, and is the Division Head of Anatomical and Hematological Pathology at the George Dumont Hospital in Moncton. He feels physicians should play a major role in undergraduate teaching, and have a strong voice in hospital administration. He is an advocate for quality assurance programs that are effective and reasonable in scope.

Erica Holloway, MD, FRCSC (Fredericton, NB)
Dr. Erica Holloway is a maternal fetal medicine specialist who has worked at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton, New Brunswick since 2011. She is an assistant professor at both Memorial University and Dalhousie University. She completed medical school and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Memorial. She worked as an Ob/Gyn in St. John’s for three years before returning to training at the University of Toronto where she completed a subspecialty fellowship in maternal fetal medicine in 2011 at Mount Sinai Hospital. She is an obstetrics and gynecology examiner for the Royal College.

Heather Keizer, BA, B.Sc., MD, FRCPC (Psychiatry), H.P.R.T.(Trauma) (Charlottetown, PEI)
Cross-appointed to Dalhousie University’s departments of psychiatry and family medicine, Dr. Keizer actively teaches both family medicine residents and senior medical students, including cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy  group therapy training as standard curriculum. She supports the principles of physician wellness and professionalism as foundational elements of clinical practice and training.

Christopher S. Kovacs, MD, FRCPC, FACP, FACE (St. John’s, NL)
Dr. Christopher Kovacs is an endocrinologist, clinician scientist, and Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology and Metabolism), Obstetrics and Gynecology, and BioMedical Sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

David Price, MD, FRCSC (St. John’s, NL)
Dr. David Price is a pediatric surgeon and Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the Janeway Site of Eastern Health in St John's where he started in 1989. Trained at Memorial University and the Hospital for Sick Children/University of Toronto, he has served for eight years on the Specialty Committee for Pediatric Surgery. He has been an examiner in Pediatric Surgery for the Royal College for five years and Chairman of the Examination Committee in Pediatric Surgery for two years. He has been on RAC 5 for two years. His most recent accomplishment was obtaining the CCPE designation.

Edward Yuzda, MD, FRCPC (Saint John, NB)
Dr. Edward Yuzda is a staff psychiatrist at the Atlantic Health Sciences Centre in Saint John and holds dual appointments as assistant professor at both Memorial University and Dalhousie University.

Sandra Wajstaub, MD, FRCPC (Cape Breton, NS)
Dr. Sandra Wajstaub is a staff radiation oncologist at the Cape Breton Cancer Centre and an Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Dalhousie University. She has served as a member of RAC 2 and is currently on the Risk and Oversight Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

University representative

Constance LeBlanc, CCFP (EM), FCFP, MAEd (Halifax, NS)
Dr. Constance LeBlanc, is a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Associate Dean for CME at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Connie served as chair for CME for the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians for six years.

CPD Educators

Ford Bursey, MD, FRCPC (St. John's, NL)
Dr. Ford Bursey has been Assistant Dean for Professional Development in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University since 2004. As Assistant Dean, he oversees professional development for family medicine physicians and Royal College specialists, faculty development, and the Clinical Skills Assessment and Training Program for physicians who need to upgrade their skills. More

Laurette Geldenhuys, MD, FRCPC (Halifax, NS)
Dr. Laurette Geldenhuys is an anatomical pathologist at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, and a professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She is Division Head of Anatomical Pathology at the Capital District Health Authority. She is the Past President, and Chair of the CPD Accreditation Sub-committee of the Canadian Association of Pathologists, a member of the Royal College CPD Accreditation Committee, and the Royal College CPD Educator for Nova Scotia. She was trained in South Africa, and has master’s degrees in Anatomical Pathology and Medical Education. More

Jo-Ann Talbot, MD, FRCPC (Saint John, NB)
Dr. Jo-Ann Talbot is an emergency medicine specialist who works at the Saint John Regional Hospital Emergency Department. She teaches the evidence-based medicine course for the Dalhousie University emergency medicine residency program. She also teaches at the New York Academy of Medicine, Teaching Evidence Assimilation for Collaborative Health Care (TEACH) and at the McMaster Evidence Based Clinical Practice Course. More

Contact us
David Allison, MD, FRCPC, Chair
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Kora McNulty, Administrative Coordinator, Membership Services  1-800-668-3740 ext. 173