Clinical Leads

This page contains information about the clinical leads who work for the Champlain LHIN, or for the regional programs that we fund. For more information about Champlain LHIN Sub-Regions, please click here.

Central Ottawa Sub-Region: Dr. Benoît Robert

BRobertDr. Benoît Robert has been a physician for nearly 30 years. His practice has included obstetrics, emergency medicine, pediatrics, surgical assisting, and continues to include in-patient care, long-term care, and house calls for the frail elderly.

Dr. Robert has worked in long-term care since 1994, and is currently Medical Director at the Perley Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre. He is also Medical Director for the Glebe Centre’s dementia program, and provides palliative care through the Greenboro Family Medicine Centre. Additionally, he is an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa in the Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Robert also earned his MBA from what is now known as the Telfer School of Business at the University of Ottawa, and serves on a few local business and not-for-profit boards in the community.

Central Ottawa Sub-Region: Dr. Kamila Premji

KPremjiDr. Kamila Premji is a family doctor practicing in Ottawa's Centretown area. Over the past 10 years, she has worked in various primary care models, including community health centres and interdisciplinary family health teams.  She currently practices in a community-based family health organization with 10 other dedicated family doctors.

Dr. Premji is passionate about health policy that is grounded in evidence, that supports a healthy healthcare workforce, and that improves primary care for our community.

Dr. Premji recently completed the Clinician Scholar program at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Family Medicine, and is currently a PhD candidate at Western University’s Centre for Studies in Family Medicine.

Critical Care: Dr. David Neilipovitz

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As Critical Care Lead, Dr. David Neilipovitz works to improve access to care for critically ill patients in the region.

In this role, Dr. Neilipovitz has worked collaboratively with partners to improve the quality, efficiency and coordination of lifesaving treatment in intensive care units at the 11 Champlain hospitals that offer these services.

Specifically, he has revitalized critical care in the region through the creation of the Champlain LHIN Critical Care Network and updated the region’s moderate surge policy, including the development of important new tools.

Dr. Neilipovitz is Department Head of Critical Care Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital, Chair of the Anesthesia Section of the Ontario Medical Association, and Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Ottawa.

Eastern Champlain Sub-Region: Dr. Marilyn Crabtree

MCrabtreeDr. Marilyn Crabtree was born in Saskatchewan, and grew up in Ontario. She has been practicing medicine in Morrisburg since 1992, and is the Lead Physician at the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic, with inpatients and obstetrical patients at Winchester District Memorial Hospital. Her scope of practice includes neonatal resuscitation, chronic disease and pain management, addictions treatment, and palliative care.

Dr. Crabtree has been involved in health care leadership since 2005, when she began supporting Winchester Hospital’s electronic medical record implementation. She has since become the hospital’s Chief Medical Information Officer and Vice President of Medical Staff Organization.

Dr. Crabtree is also a member of the Upper Canada Health Links Advisory Committee. In that role, she is actively involved in the Ontario Centres of Excellence’s pursuit of an electronic platform that will enable the Health Links’ approach to expand to its target population efficiently. She is excited to provide a “grass roots” lens to the process of system change in Champlain.

Eastern Ottawa Sub-Region: Dr. Lee Donohue

LDonohueDr. Lee Donohue has been a family doctor in Ottawa for more than 25 years. She is also a Champlain Regional Primary Care Cancer Lead and an OntarioMD Peer Leader and is an active leader in local, provincial and national medical associations.

To support her keen interest in population health, Dr. Donohue completed her Master of Health Science (MHSc) in health promotion at the University of Toronto, and additional training in leadership, quality, and patient safety from York University’s Schulich School of Business and University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management.

Dr. Donohue is also interested in learning collaboratives as a way to share knowledge and tools in clinical practice. She advocates to reduce inequity and improve patient care. Dr. Donohue assists in health-system policy development with a focus on quality improvement, privacy and data sharing.

Eastern Ottawa Sub-Region: Dr. Thérèse Hodgson

THodgsonFor more than 25 years Dr. Thérèse Hodgson has practiced comprehensive family medicine in her practice in Orleans. She has a keen interest in quality improvement and assessment of medical education as is evidenced by her role on the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Continuing Medical Education committee and with the Medical Council of Canada as physician examiner, chief examiner, and Deputy Registrar.

She works towards excellence in information systems as the Champlain physician lead for ConnectingOntario Northern and Eastern Region. Dr. Hodgson is the founder of a local electronic medical record (EMR) user group. Since 2011, as an OntarioMD peer leader she has assisted physicians and other health care providers to optimize their use of the EMR.

Emergency Department: Dr. Shaun Visser

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As Emergency Department Lead, Dr. Shaun Visser helps coordinate care across the 16 emergency departments in the Champlain region, address medical human resource concerns, and spearhead improvements in emergency department wait times.

Dr. Visser is medical director of the emergency room at Hôpital Montfort and the LEAN lead for quality improvement throughout the hospital.

He has spent time working in two rural emergency rooms of our region - Pembroke Regional Hospital and Hawkesbury & District General Hospital.

Since 1997, Dr. Visser has been a full-time emergency physician, including as chief of emergency and trauma services at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

Prior to his move to Ottawa, he was the Emergency Department Lead for the North West LHIN.

Newborn Care: Dr. JoAnn Harrold

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As Newborn Care Lead, Dr. JoAnn Harrold works to improve neonatal health in the region.

Dr. Harrold is the Division Chief for Neonatology at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Division Head for Newborn Care at The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus, and an Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, and part of the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program (CMNRP) leadership team. As well, she was integral in the program’s planning and development, and its inaugural Chair of the Quality and Performance Management Committee.

Dr. Harrold is a leader in health policy and system planning, and continues to contribute to numerous initiatives through the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health, Better Outcomes Registry and Network (BORN) Ontario, and Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres.

The Champlain LHIN provides funding for the CMNRP as part of the LHIN’s commitment to improving health care through regional programs.

Obstetrics and Gynecology: Dr. Mark Walker

Dr WalkerDr. Mark Walker works to advance care for mothers and babies in the region, as Obstetrics and Gynecology Lead.

Dr. Walker is Chair and Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Newborn Care, University of Ottawa, and The Ottawa Hospital. He is also a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, and part of the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program (CMNRP) leadership team.

Dr. Walker has held several leadership roles in health policy, and system planning. He was a board member on the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health, co-chair for the Maternal Newborn Advisory Council and co-founder, as well as Scientific Director of the Better Outcomes Registry and Network (BORN) Ontario.

The Champlain LHIN provides funding for the CMNRP as part of the LHIN’s commitment to improving health care through regional programs.

Orthopedics: Dr. Rajiv Prihar

Dr PriharIn his role as Physician Lead for the Champlain Regional Orthopedic Network (CRON), Dr. Rajiv Prihar works closely with practicing surgeons and other physicians to improve the quality and organization of orthopedic care for people in this region.

Dr. Prihar has a fellowship in upper extremity surgery, and has worked at the Queensway Carleton Hospital for more than 17 years. He is currently its Medical Director, Peri-Operative Services.

Prior to becoming the CRON’s Physician Lead, Dr. Prihar worked to integrate orthopaedic care and services in the region through his involvement in the CRON, and earlier, in the Champlain Orthopedic Program Planning Initiative.

The Champlain LHIN provides funding for the CRON as part of the LHIN’s commitment to improving health care through regional programs.

Palliative Care: Dr. Jill Rice

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In her role, Dr. Rice works among provincial, regional and local health care providers and the LHIN to help plan, develop, and coordinate end-of-life and hospice palliative care services across the Champlain region.

Dr. Rice is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Palliative Care, University of Ottawa, and a member of the Department of Palliative Care at Bruyère. She works with the Champlain Regional Palliative Consultation Team, an inter-professional program providing support to health care teams caring for patients in the community who need palliative care.

Previously, she worked as a family physician in Newfoundland and Owen Sound Ontario, then as a palliative care physician and General Practitioner in oncology with Grey Bruce Health Services.

Primary Care: Dr. Jacques Lemelin 

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As Primary Care Lead, Dr. Jacques Lemelin works closely with family doctors and nurse practitioners to support the development of Health Links. He also helps coordinate and connect these primary care providers with other health care organizations.

Dr Lemelin helped lead the development of outreach facilitation to improve preventive care and enhance chronic-condition management in primary care.

At the University of Ottawa's Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, he is Chair and Associate Professor. As clinical educator and researcher, he has played an important role in developing the organization’s research capacity.

Dr. Lemelin was a senior scientist at the University of Ottawa Institute of Population Health, and is a senior scientist at Bruyère’s Campbell T. Lamont Primary Care Research Centre. He is a Certificant and Fellow of the College of Family Medicine of Canada.

Western Champlain Sub-Region: Dr. Max Buxton

MBuxtonDr. Max Buxton has been a family physician in Calabogie since 1985. He is an active member of medical staff at the Renfrew Victoria Hospital where he admits and follows inpatients and covers regular ER shifts.

From 1998 to 2012, he was the medical director of Renfrew Victoria Hospital’s emergency department during a period of expansion and change. He continues to serve as a member of the hospital's medical advisory committee.

Dr. Buxton is also active in the training of medical students and residents through his aļ¬ƒliation with Queens University the University of Ottawa.

Dr Buxton enjoys adventure: after high school, he worked in Alberta’s oilfields and in the high arctic, skied across the Arctic Ocean (1988), worked as a Mount Everest base-camp doctor (2000), and spent a sabbatical year with his wife and three sons in France (2012).

Western Ottawa Sub-Region: Dr. Alykhan Abdulla

AAbdullaDr. Alykhan Abdulla is comprehensive family doctor, with interests in palliative, sports and travel medicine. He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Academic Consultant Level 1 in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Abdulla has been a health care leader in this region for many years. He is the Ontario Medical Association’s (OMA) Audit Committee Chair, and Board member of the OMA’s Section of General and Family Practice. He is serving on a number of community boards, including those at the Eastern Ontario Regional Lab Association, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, and Shepherds of Good Hope.

Involved in his community, he helps organize educational events for doctors, and frequently provides interviews to radio, newspaper and television. In fact, he once hosted the Rogers community TV show “Med Talks.” Dr. Abdulla was Outstanding Family Physician for Eastern Ontario (2008). He also received the United Way Community Builder Award (2009), and the Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013).