About the President

About the President

Dr. Gary Ernest, of Liverpool, N.S., was installed as Doctors Nova Scotia’s President during the association’s annual conference in June 2019.

Dr. Gary Ernest

Medical career

Dr. Ernest moved from Montreal to attend Dalhousie Medical School in 1976 and completed his family medicine residency in 1982. He and his wife Colleen moved to Liverpool, where he’s been practising medicine for 37 years. His busy rural practice involves office practice, hospital inpatient care, house calls and nursing home visits. 

As a rural family physician based in Liverpool who has practised comprehensive care for many years, Dr. Ernest has the skills and experience to help his colleagues address the variety of issues facing them.


Dr. Ernest has a long history of involvement with Doctors Nova Scotia. He was chair of the Policy and Health Issues Committee; represented the association on the committee that developed standards for Medical Assistance in Dying; and served as a member of the Board of Directors, the Primary Care Physicians’ Representative Council, the Audit Committee, and the Advisory Council on Primary Care Report; and was also Treasurer. As Treasurer, he was chair of the Board of Trustees, Member Services Committee and the Finance Committee. 

Other leadership roles Dr. Ernest has held include: Assistant Professor in Dalhousie University’s Department of Family Medicine; Council Member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia; Medical Director for the Hillsview Acres Home for Special Care; and the RCMP Designated Physician in southwestern Nova Scotia.

He is the former Medical Director of the Nova Scotia TeleHealth Network, former Chief of Staff/President of the Medical Staff at Queens General Hospital and was President of the Executive MBA Class of 1997 at Saint Mary’s University.