New QEH med­i­cal di­rec­tor one of 18 new Is­land physi­cians

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

The Queen Elizabeth Hos­pi­tal’s (QEH) new med­i­cal di­rec­tor Dr. Hus­sam Az­zam is one of 18 new physi­cians who be­gan — or will soon be­gin — prac­tis­ing on Prince Ed­ward Is­land since Jan­uary.

Az­zam, an ob­ste­tri­cian/gy­ne­col­o­gist, has prac­tised medicine for nearly two decades in Canada and over­seas and held se­nior ad­min­is­tra­tive po­si­tions in health care, most re­cently in Man­i­toba.

The 17 other new physi­cians — a com­bi­na­tion of fam­ily physi­cians and spe­cial­ists — take over ex­ist­ing prac­tices or fill va­cant po­si­tions within the pro­vin­cial com­ple­ment.

“I am in­cred­i­bly ex­cited for the op­por­tu­nity to be part of the health-care sys­tem on Prince Ed­ward Is­land and part of the team at the Queen Elizabeth Hos­pi­tal,” Az­zam said.

“I look for­ward to build­ing on im­por­tant work car­ried out by those who have pre­vi­ously held this role, en­sur­ing that Is­landers and their loved ones re­ceive the best care and sup­port when they come to us.”

Az­zam, who started in his new role as QEH med­i­cal di­rec­tor ear­lier this week, will also re­main clin­i­cally ac­tive with the ob­stet­rics/gy­ne­col­ogy ser­vice in Char­lot­te­town.

Among the other new physi­cians join­ing the prov­ince are neu­rol­o­gist Dr. Heather Wil­liams and emer­gency medicine physi­cians Drs. Spencer Brown and Matt Twiddy, who fill new physi­cian re­sources an­nounced in the 2017-18 pro­vin­cial bud­get.

There are cur­rently 246 physi­cians prac­tis­ing across Prince Ed­ward Is­land, the most ever for the prov­ince.

For more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing health-care ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties and pro­grams on Prince Ed­ward Is­land, visit www.healthjob­spei.ca.

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