New doc wel­comed

Dr. Khal Salem joins LOWDH team

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - LOCAL NEWS - SHERI LAMB SLamb@post­media.com

Lake of the Woods District Hospi­tal has had two in­ter­nal medicine spe­cial­ists on-call for more than a month now.

After sev­eral years with­out a full-time IM spe­cial­ist, who treats adults with in­ter­nal is­sues re­lat­ing to kid­neys, heart, lungs and the gas­troin­testi­nal tract, Dr. Khal Salem joined the team on Sept. 5 along with Dr. Sarah Coke who was hired dur­ing the sum­mer of 2017.

The 51 year old physi­cian was re­cruited on­line through the Kenora hospi­tal’s health care re­cruit­ment pro­gram.

“I was in­vited to come see the place - I love the city, it has per­son­al­ity and is quiet with re­ally nice peo­ple,” said Dr. Salem, who worked at the Univer­sity of Al­berta Hospi­tal in Ed­mon­ton prior to land­ing in Kenora. “I re­ally like the hu­man fac­tor. Peo­ple are re­ally nice and the hospi­tal staff have been re­ally wel­com­ing. I liked the place when I came for the in­ter­view and I’m plan­ning to stay for the long term.”

Dr. Salem has ini­tially signed a stan­dard one-year re­new­able con­tract.

His sense of hu­mour has al­ready en­deared Dr. Salem to many of his LOTW District Hospi­tal col­leagues and, likely many pa­tients as well, and now that he’s joined the hospi­tal the team to work on im­prov­ing pa­tient qual­ity care, which in­cludes doc­tors, nurses, phar­ma­cists and oth­ers from var­i­ous de­part­ments has been com­plete.

“I’m an­other piece of the puz­zle with my ex­per­tise to help with pa­tient care and to be­come a doc­tor to help with in­ten­sive care and out-pa­tient clin­ics,” said Dr. Salem. “I’m hop­ing to get in­volved with the First Na­tion projects as well. In ad­di­tion to my Cana­dian and Amer­i­can board qual­i­fi­ca­tions I have also a mas­ters in health ad­min­is­tra­tion and I have in­ter­est in project man­age­ment and ini­tia­tives and I’m will­ing to help in the hospi­tal in any kind of way.”

Dr. Salem was born in Cairo, Egypt where he went to med­i­cal school. He re­ceived his Cana­dian train­ing through McMaster Univer­sity when he ar­rived in Canada in 1999. He also prac­ticed in Penn­syl­va­nia and has his Amer­i­can med­i­cal board cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Dr. Salem has also prac­ticed medicine in Egypt, and along the gulf coast of the Mid­dle East in Saudi Ara­bia and Kuwait and also worked in New Zealand. He com­pares the health care sys­tems in those coun­tries as be­ing sim­i­lar to Canada.

“In Egypt ac­cess to med­i­cal aid is avail­able mainly to a mi­nor­ity of peo­ple and pub­lic ac­cess is not that great and they don’t have enough re­sources, but in the gulf area the re­sources are read­ily avail­able, but maybe the main dif­fer­ence is in the pharma pro­gram,” said Dr. Salem. “The pub­lic cit­i­zens in the gulf area have ac­cess to free pharma care, which I think is kind of in­no­va­tive. It’s very af­ford­able.”

He added the ma­jor­ity of doc­tors in the Mid­dle East are Cana­dian or U.S. cit­i­zens who are drawn there be­cause of the com­pen­sa­tion they’re of­fered.

He’s spent less than half his life in Canada but for Dr. Salem it’s now home.

“Even though I wasn’t born in Canada I con­sider it my home coun­try,” said Dr. Salem.

SHERI LAMB/ DAILY MINER AND NEWS

Dr. Khal Salem, an in­ter­nal medicine con­sul­tant, joined the Lake of the Woods District Hospi­tal team of doc­tors in Septem­ber.

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