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Doctors Nova Scotia installed Halifax-based cardiac surgeon Dr. John Sullivan as its new President during the association’s annual conference on Saturday, May 31 in Halifax.
Growing up with a brother with severe Down Syndrome, triggered a desire in Dr. John Sullivan to help others through a career in medicine. Little did he know when he began his career that matters of the heart would become his passion.
After the Halifax native completed his studies at Dalhousie University, he began work as a general practitioner in rural Cape Breton. He returned to medical school to become a general surgeon, intending to return to rural life. But a single rotation in cardiac surgery was how he discovered his life’s work as a cardiovascular surgeon.
For 35 years of his 40-year career, he’s performed delicate and life-saving heart surgeries for countless Nova Scotians. He’s a husband and father of two grown daughters who’s always been able to achieve a good work-life balance, despite his busy schedule.
He’s an academic clinician at Dalhousie University, teaching the next generations of cardiovascular surgeons. In his former role as division head of cardiac surgery, he was instrumental in establishing a residency training program in cardiac surgery. He’s a 2013 recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medal for outstanding service to his province.
And now he’s President of Doctors Nova Scotia.
Dr. Sullivan hopes to leave a legacy of a more engaged and motivated membership within the organization and in the promotion of health in the province’s communities.