SUDBURY, ON –  A Sudburian who returned home to practice emergency medicine, a Calgarian who has traveled to 39 countries across the globe and a Francophone Sudburian starting a bilingual family medicine practice. They are among the new crop of physicians setting up practices in Greater Sudbury in 2017. 

A total of 19 new doctors have been added to the roster in Sudbury, with six family doctors, two emergency medicine doctors and 11 specialists. Eight of them completed their training in the North, at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Together, they bring expertise in the fields of emergency medicine, cardiac anaesthesia, critical care medicine, interventional cardiology, cardiac CT imaging, gastroenterology, medical oncology, respirology, colorectal surgery, vascular/interventional radiology, psychiatry and urologic oncology. 

Seven of the new doctors hail from either Greater Sudbury or Northern Ontario, including Dr. Aidan Wharton, a Sudburian who works in emergency medicine. Dr. Wharton and his spouse, a pharmacist at HSN, chose Sudbury because of the great sense of community and their family roots. 

"I'm looking forward to working as part of the HSN ED team, and it is a privilege to serve the Greater Sudbury community,” says Dr. Aidan Wharton.

Dr. Grace Ma is another of Greater Sudbury’s newest physicians. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Dr. Ma is a colorectal surgeon who completed her training in Toronto. Dr. Ma has traveled to over 39 countries and is excited about settling in Greater Sudbury. She looks forward to improving the quality of patient care and access to colorectal resources and collaborating with other healthcare professionals.  

"I will be heading up the Colorectal Surgery North (CSN) team with Dr. Antonio Caycedo. We are dedicated to bringing high quality colorectal surgical care to patients in the North. The surgical team at CSN is committed to innovation, research, and the provision of patient-centered care in the area of colorectal surgery,” says Dr. Grace Ma. 

Dr. Melanie Patrie is a Sudburian who looks forward to starting her bilingual family medicine practice in Chelmsford. The Greater Sudbury community feels like home to both her and her spouse, so they were keen to stay and raise their family. She also values the medical community and looks forward to teaching during her career. 

“I look forward to having my own practice and having the privilege to care for patients for a lifetime. I will have the opportunity to create positive relationships with my patients and provide care through all stages of life. Being a francophone, I am also excited to provide French health care to the patients of Chelmsford and surrounding communities. I strongly believe that obtaining care in one's first language greatly benefits a patient's healthcare experience,” says Dr. Melanie Patrie. 

Since 2000, over 260 new physicians have established practices in Greater Sudbury. Every year, Health Sciences North (HSN), the City of Greater Sudbury, and the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce collaborate to attract new physicians.

To learn more about Greater Sudbury’s newest physicians, see the attached bio package.