Physician stories

Physician stories

Nova Scotians care about their doctors and want to celebrate the qualities that make them special. These stories highlight the great work local physicians are doing across the province, showcasing their expertise and leadership within health care, and within their communities.


Dr. Sue Atkinson

Dr. Sue Atkinson, Halifax

For nearly 30 years, family physician Dr. Sue Atkinson has served Nova Scotia’s two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, plus community, helping patients who are transitioning navigate a stressful process that involves long wait times.


Dr. Simran Ohson

Dr. Simran Ohson, Pictou

For family physician Dr. Simran Ohson, having long-term relationships with his patients has been invaluable during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for people facing loneliness and isolation.


Dr. Tammy Keough-Ryan

Dr. Tammy Keough-Ryan, Halifax

Halifax nephrologist Dr. Tammy Keough-Ryan provides care to people with end-stage kidney disease who receive the gift of life through organ donation.


Dr. Karen McNeil

Dr. Karen McNeil, Spryfield

Kids and families in Spryfield can access health care when and where they need it, thanks to the school-based medical clinic established by family physician Dr. Karen McNeil.


Dr. Abir Hussein

Dr. Abir Hussein, Yarmouth

Family physician Dr. Abir Hussein is mentoring the next generation of Nova Scotia’s family doctors, ensuring that more medical learners stay on in her rural community to provide better access to primary care for patients.


Dr. Tania Sullivan

Dr. Tania Sullivan, Antigonish

Spearheading the simulation program at her hospital, emergency physician Dr. Tania Sullivan is helping health-care providers hone their skills and improve patient outcomes.


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