About Doctors Nova Scotia

Doctors Nova Scotia acts as a united voice for the medical profession, representing all physicians in Nova Scotia.

On behalf of the province’s doctors, Doctors Nova Scotia works with all partners in health-care delivery to ensure the province is positioned to recruit and retain talented and skilled doctors, introduce new and innovative ways to deliver health care and to continuously look for ways to improve patient care and access to health care.

The association is also passionate about improving patient care and helping Nova Scotians live healthy and active lives.

Its award-winning Kids Run Club, progressive leadership in banning tanning beds for youth under 19 and historic role in strengthening smoke-free legislation are all examples of Doctors Nova Scotia’s commitment to helping Nova Scotians live healthy lives.

We’re dedicated to helping physicians thrive and have a positive impact on their patients’ lives, individually and within the health-care system. Committed to working with all partners in health-care delivery, Doctors Nova Scotia aims to ensure that Nova Scotia is positioned to recruit and retain physicians, support innovative ways to deliver health care and improve patient access.

Our President

Dr. Leisha Hawker is the association’s President for 2022-23. A family physician in Halifax, Dr. Hawker provides care in a number of areas, including family practice in north end Halifax, addictions medicine and refugee health. She is a dedicated leader who has been active in leadership roles with Doctors Nova Scotia for several years, serving on the Board of Directors and as co-chair of the E-health Committee. She brings a valuable perspective on the changing physician workforce and the challenges that physicians face with work-life integration.

Dr. Hawker will serve as President until June 4, 2023, when she will be replaced by Dr. Colin Audain. A new President is installed each year at the association’s annual conference.


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