Health Care Leads

Providing Expert Advice to the NE LHIN

The NE LHIN is responsible for many different facets of health care.  In order to assist the organization in the decision making required to maintain the region’s health care priorities, the NE LHIN relies on the knowledge, advice and work of Leads.  Each Lead is responsible for a particular facet of health care and to support both the NE LHIN and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) in their work.  All Leads report directly to the NE LHIN CEO.

Dr. Paul Preston - VP Clinical, Sub-Region Primary Care Lead for Nipissing/Temiskaming

Dr. Preston has practiced in Northeastern Ontario for more than 30 years in a variety of roles – hospital ED doctor, Chief of Primary Care at North Bay Regional Health Centre, family physician with the Blue Sky Family Health Team, and medical director in long-term care working with the frail elderly. After serving three years as the North East LHIN’s Primary Care Lead on a part-time basis, we are pleased to welcome him on board as the province’s first full-time Clinical Lead for the renewed LHIN.

Dr. Josée ThériaultCritical Care Clinical Lead 

Dr. Josée Thériault has practiced full time critical care medicine since 2002 as an Internist-Intensivist at Health Sciences North.  She has also held several administrative and academic appointments such as the ICU Academic Director at HSN, as well as being an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Dr. Thériault has also presented and published in journals and conferences on subjects related to critical care. In this part-time position, Dr. Thériault will support the implementation of the provincial Critical Care Strategy -- which is designed to improve access, quality and system integration -- working closely with Critical Care Services Ontario, the North East LHIN’s Critical Care Network, and hospitals across the region with critical care units. Dr. Thériault is also responsible for advising the NE LHIN Chief Executive Officer on performance issues with critical care service delivery components, as well as surge capacity planning.


Dr. Gary Bota - Emergency Department Lead

Dr. Bota, an emergency physician in Sudbury for the past 31 years, will work with the NE LHIN to continue to champion improvements in emergency service delivery for Northerners.  He began his role with the LHIN on April 1, 2014.

Dr. Bota currently serves as the Section Chair of Emergency Medicine at NOSM.  As such, he represents the academic interests of all emergency physicians in Northern Ontario.  A previous medical director of the ED at Health Sciences North, Dr. Bota has filled administrative, teaching, research and academic roles.

His early research concentrated on Northern issues – in particular injury prevention on our roads, snowmobile trails and hockey rinks. He was also involved in addressing the issue of domestic violence – both its incidence and prevalence in NE Ontario.

With the help of several local agencies, he spearheaded the institution of the first ‘Do not resuscitate’ program in Ontario many years before this became common practice in the province.

Over the past decade, Dr. Bota has been involved in the field of Medical Informatics.  His activity has revolved around knowledge translation – using informatics to promote best practice. He has participated in ED informatics projects on three continents. 

As the LHIN’s ED Lead, Dr. Bota will:

  • Work closely with the Ministry’s Wait Times team.
  • Consult and participate on the Ontario ED Expert Panel.
  • Work with physician leads involved in various emergency department strategies.
  • Participate on the ED LHIN Leaders’ Provincial Table.
  • Contribute to a provincial analysis of ED data on a quarterly basis.
  • Support the ED Strategy and other system improvements.
  • Participate in ED human resource planning across the NE LHIN.
  • Chair the NE LHIN’s ED Network.
 

Dr. Reena Dhatt - Clinical Quality Lead

Dr. Dhatt will align the quality agenda, and accelerate efforts to promote a culture of quality that will enable improved patient outcomes.

Dr. Reena Dhatt is a family physician who has been in active family practice for the last 25 years. In true Northern style, her experience not only includes care of a large and complex practice, but also covers emergency medicine, hospital inpatient care and long-term care. She serves as a general practitioner allergist for the region and is certified in Travel Medicine and Occupational Medicine. As an Associate Professor, Family Medicine at Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), she has had an opportunity to teach undergraduate and postgraduate learners as well as assist in curriculum and policy development as the co-Site Director Postgraduate, NOSM.

Last year, she became the Primary Care LHIN lead for Sudbury where she was engaged in the development of Health Links, community networking and infrastructure planning for primary care. Her board work includes postings at Northern Ontario Academic Medicine Association and Physician Clinical Teacher’s Association) as well as at the Ontario Medical Association on the Member Services’ Board. She is the lead for the Sudbury Family Medicine LEG. She also serves as a peer lead for Ontario MD.

Dr. Jason Sutherland - Primary Care Lead for Sudbury/Manitoulin/Parry Sound Sub-Region

Dr. Jason Sutherland, a family physician based in Sudbury, is the Primary Care Lead for the Sudbury/Manitoulin/Parry Sound Sub-Region. 

Dr. Sutherland will work closely with the NE LHIN and its other clinical care leads and health service providers to help improve access to more coordinated care for people living across the area. In addition to this new LHIN leadership role, Dr. Sutherland will continue to care for patients in his practice with the City of Lakes Family Health Team.

In this part-time position, Dr. Sutherland will look closely at local performance data to find ways to ensure patients receive quality, evidence-based care. He will engage with colleagues and help support the advancement of Health Links within the Sudbury/Manitoulin/Parry Sound Sub-Region.


Dr. Yves Raymond - Primary Care Lead for Cochrane Sub-Region

Dr. Yves Raymond, a family physician with the Timmins Family Health Team, has begun work as the North East LHIN’s new Primary Care Lead for the Cochrane area. In this role, Dr. Raymond will work closely with the LHIN and health care providers on ways and means to improve access and coordination of care for people living in the area. 

Dr. Raymond has experience with community health care, hospital, long-term care, cancer treatment, mental health, emergency preparedness and pandemic planning, infection control, and information technology. His experience will be a positive addition to the LHIN’s work to help ensure Northerners have access to care in their setting of choice, including home and community.

Dr. David Fera - Primary Care Co-Lead for the Algoma Sub-Region

Dr. Fera works as a full time primary care provider both at his practice and in hospital, with ties to many aspects of primary care in the community. He is the CEO and Chair of the Algoma District Medical Group, the Medical Director of the Algoma Diabetes Education Care Centre, and was recently appointed Chair of the Health Link. Dr. Fera has also served on the Board of the Children’s Rehab Centre, worked as a Team Physician for the Sault Greyhounds, and Physician Lead for St. John’s Ambulance.


Dr. Jodie Stewart - Primary Care Co-Lead for the Algoma Sub-Region

Dr. Stewart has been a family physician with the Algoma District Medical Group, offering inpatient and outpatient care, for almost a decade and prior to this was an emergency room physican at the Sault Area Hospital. She is the VP of Medical Affairs for the Group Health Centre, has served on the Board of Directors of the medical group, taught as an Associate Professor with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and has participated in several hospital and community medical committees.