Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS) has over 250 members of the credentialed medical staff. Our staff are dedicated professionals who work with interdisciplinary teams to provide the best possible care to the patients throughout our region. Please see the following list of physicians in leadership positions at GBHS.
Our GBHS physicians actively participate in providing academic opportunities for medical students and residents. If you a student or a resident interested in electives, visit the Medical Students and Residents page on the left. If you are a physician looking for a permanent or a locum opportunity, see Physician Vacancies on the left side of this page.
Interim Chief of Staff
Dr. Bob Severs
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief of Staff (COS) provides medical leadership to all Credentialed Staff appointed by GBHS, engaging physicians within all six hospitals and participating as a member of the Executive Team. The COS works closely and collaboratively with the President and CEO and Vice Presidents of GBHS on corporate priorities aligned with the strategic plan and is the Chairperson of the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC).
President, Rural Medical Staff Association
Dr. Elaine Blau
Dr. Blau was appointed Grey Bruce Health Services’ President of the Rural Medical Staff effective January 1, 2017. She has been a member of the Department of Rural Family Medicine at GBHS Lion’s Head since 2011. Throughout her career, rural medicine has been her key field of interest both as a clinician and as an administrator/educator, recently completing twelve years as director of the McMaster Rural Residency training program.
Dr. Blau has provided short and long-term locum work in our region since 2011, and in 2016 she joined the group family practice in Tobermory/Lion’s Head, providing care for patients in office, nursing home, home (frail/palliative), emergency room and inpatient settings as is typical for most rural physicians. Elaine is a member of the College of Family Physicians Working Group on Rural Competencies and a member of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada.
GBHS’ rural sites include close to 50 family physicians working at hospitals and clinics located in Markdale, Meaford, Lion’s Head, Southampton and Wiarton.
President, Urban Medical Staff Association
Dr. Neil Lamont
Dr. Lamont is the President of the Urban Medical Staff Association representing clsoe to 100 GBHS physicians practicing at the hospital in Owen Sound. He is a Director of the Rural Ontario Medical Program and from 1998 until 2009 he held the position of Lead of the Division of General Surgery. Dr. Lamont has been a member of the Department of Surgery, General Surgery division since 1996. He practices General Surgery, Therapeutic Endoscopy and Vascular Surgery. He was elected to the position of President of the Medical Staff in September 2013.
Dr. Eric Brown, Chief Department of Anaesthesiology
A strong, collegial department with nine anaesthesiologists covering six operating rooms a day in Owen Sound. In addition to its general and regional anaesthetic coverage, the department offers services in pre-procedural consultation, acute pain service, out of OR sedation, obstetrical analgesia coverage, limited chronic pain treatments and critical care support.
Dr. Colin McIver, Chief Department of Medical Imaging
The Diagnostic Imaging Service at GBHS offers all imaging modalities including CT, ultrasound, and interventional radiology to manage a very interesting and diverse caseload. GBHS is the sole regional provider of magnetic resonance (MR), nuclear medicine, and bone densitometry. The Owen Sound hospital site also acts as the Ontario Breast Screening Program’s regional Breast Assessment Centre. Our nine radiologists cover all six peripheral hospitals. A picture archiving and communication system (PACS) is fully implemented throughout the regional hospital network.
Dr. Sunil Mehta, Chief Department of Emergency Medicine
Our local Emergency Department physicians provide 24/7 coverage for the GBHS – Owen Sound site while also operating as the regional base hospital for EMS services.
The Owen Sound site offers 24/7 extensive multidisciplinary back up for the entire region as well as in house 24 hour laboratory and radiology services including CT and MRI.
As the district stroke centre we also operate as the stroke bypass centre for the entire Grey-Bruce region.
In addition, GBHS also operates emergency departments in all 5 regional sites (Meaford, Markdale, Lion’s Head, Southampton, Wiarton) with 24 hour service provided by local physician groups.
Dr. Fred Veenstra, Chief Department of Urban Family Medicine
Dr. Harvey Winfield – Chief Department of Rural Family Medicine
Each of GBHS’ six hospitals has a family medicine department. There are independent, group and clinic models of practice across the corporation. In the rural hospitals, family physicians provide 24/7 emergency coverage and GP anesthesia in three hospitals. The urban hospital in Owen Sound includes a small number of family physicians who continue with emergency and obstetrics practices, in addition to their office practices and inpatient care.
Dr Nilofar Siddiqi, Chief Department of Hospitalist Medicine
Hospitalists provide care for non-critical care medical and/or surgical patients over the age of 18. On-Call support also includes rehabilitation and psychogeriatric units, plus healthy newborns on weekends. Each Hospitalist carries a maximum patient load between 15 to 20 patients. The average on-call commitment includes 2 weeknights and 1 in 4 weekends. There is excellent support from consultant specialists and the emergency department, as well 24-hour labs and comprehensive diagnostic imaging (CT, MRI, PACS capability). Educational affiliations with the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP) and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry provide a wide range of teaching opportunities.
Dr. Marc Newton, Chief Department of Internal Medicine
The Service currently has eleven full or part time members. Subspecialties include Cardiology, Neurology, Endocrinology, Respirology and Gastroenterology. There is a significant volume of cardiac patients in addition to a varied general internist practice.
Obstetrics / Gynaecology
Dr. Ingrid Savasi, Chief Department of Obstetrics / Gynaecology
The Department’s five specialists provides OBS/GYN coverage to all of Grey and Bruce Counties. There are approximately 750 deliveries per year supported by family physicians and midwives. Support from anesthesia and pediatric coverage is available around the clock, including a level II intensive care nursery.
Dr. Jo Kapalanga, Chief Department of Paediatrics
The Department is currently staffed by four full-time and one part-time pediatrician. The Department provides general consultant pediatric service with 24/7 call coverage to the Grey Bruce region. Some pediatricians have academic appointments and are actively involved in supervising clinical clerks and residents. The Department provides support to the Obstetrical Service in Owen Sound which has ~ 750 deliveries per year. There is a Level II Intensive Care Nursery with the capacity to deliver assisted ventilation (CPAP) and TPN. The Department supports routine deliveries to premature infants as early as 32 weeks gestation. The pediatricians also have admitting privileges to the ICU. The pediatricians office-based practice is referral-based and is serviced through the Ambulatory Pediatric Clinic at the hospital. The Department offers regular Pediatric Diabetes Clinics supported by a CDE-qualified RD and RN, a newly established Asthma Clinic, and a truly unique and comprehensive Pediatric Mood Disorder/ Mental Health Clinic. The pediatricians also provide outreach pediatric services to the communities of Kincardine, Hanover & Walkerton.
Dr. Ardit Deliallisi, Chief Department of Pathology
This is a true general pathology practice with a broad range of surgical pathology, hematopathology, cytopathology, as well as medico legal and hospital autopsies. This department is well supported by the hospital with strong technical and equipment resources. The pathologists provide consultative services to Grey Bruce Health Services and the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (10 hospitals in total).
Dr. Jack Lucas, Chief Department of Psychiatry
GBHS’ eight psychiatrists, based at the Owen Sound hospital, support the Schedule 1 inpatient service and/or provide consultation to three community-based multi-agency mental health teams. The psychiatrists support a comprehensive range of ambulatory programs including the Crisis Team, Community Outreach Treatment Team, the Assertive Community Treatment Team, Psychogeriatric assessment and treatment, Dual Diagnosis and Aftercare Services.
The Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists at GBHS work closely with LHIN parnters at London Health Sciences Centre and Parkwood Institute, St. Joseph’s Health Care London as well as local community partners.
Dr. Scott Milencoff, Chief Department of Surgery
The Department of Surgery offers a wide array of surgical care, with excellent anaesthesia support, first-rate equipment and high quality ICU back up. There are five general surgeons, five orthopaedic surgeons, three urologists, three otolaryngologists and four ophthalmologists in the department.
Volume is approximately 12,042 annually at the regional hospital in Owen Sound and a further 2,899 day surgical cases at four of GBHS’ rural hospitals.