Dr. MacQuarrie is an obstetrician and gynecologist at South Shore Women’s Health in Bridgewater, N.S. Since 2015, she has served as the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s (NSHA) northern zone department head of women and children’s health. During her presidency, she is taking a leave of absence from her role with the NSHA.
She graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 2006 and received her specialty from the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada in 2011. She has served as section chair for the DNS section of obstetrics and gynecology since 2015 and has been the section forum chair and member of the DNS Board of Directors since 2016.
Prior to her medical career, Dr. MacQuarrie completed a master of applied science in biomedical engineering as well as an undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology, both from Dalhousie University.
In addition to her published research work, Dr. MacQuarrie has presented internationally as an advocate for the inclusion of pregnant women in clinical trials. She is also a proponent of patient rights to assisted dying and provides medical assistance in dying services.
Dr. MacQuarrie sees the presidency as an opportunity to work with physicians to bring positive change to their lives and how they feel about the hard work they do every day.
In addition to her formal leadership studies and positions, she has maintained her passion as a women’s health advocate. Along with others, she campaigned successfully to improve reproductive rights in Prince Edward Island.
Outside of medicine, Dr. MacQuarrie says her family is the support system she values above all else. Growing up in a military family, she spent her childhood years on the move with her parents and sister.
Now a mother of two, she loves that her family lives on the same street as her parents and her sister’s family in the tight-knit community of Porters Lake, N.S.