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​Dr. Lilian Thorpe on the science of ageing and living in the moment

"Most people think that when you get older you're miserable, but depression actually goes down with age," says Dr. Lilian Thorpe, a geriatric psychiatrist with Saskatoon Health Region.

"Often, as we age, we accept ourselves much better than when we're younger, we're less self-conscious and we've learned adaptive skills. I know I'm happier now than I was in my teens," she adds.

Dr. Ilia Poliakov: Taking MS care to new heights in Saskatchewan

Two - that's the number of years that Dr. Ilia Poliakov has been working as a physician, and in those two years, he's done something no other physician in the province or country has done.

In November 2016, Dr. Poliakov became the first dedicated multiple sclerosis neurologist to work in Saskatchewan.

 ​Dr. Andrew Kirk and the human brain – why it's so fascinating

At the age of nine, he wanted to be an astronaut. Instead, he became a neurologist.

"I think it's the most interesting thing. I can't imagine why anyone would want to do anything else," says Dr. Andrew Kirk of cognitive neurology – his field of specialty for almost three decades.

​Dr. Paul Olszynski: Breaking Ground in the Use of Ultrasound to Improve Patient Care

When most people hear the word ultrasound, they picture a pregnant woman getting to see the baby growing in her womb. but for emergency physicians like Dr. Paul Olszynski, an ultrasound can be the gateway to correctly diagnosing patients in the emergency department.

Gunshots, babies and ewes: Dr. Jonathan Hey's remarkable career journey

"We ran a unit on the border of South Africa and Angola," says Dr. Jonathan Hey, Saskatoon Health Region's Division Head of Family Medicine Obstetrics, referring to the time he spent serving in the South African army.

​Dr. Paul Murphy: Helping people see better for three decades

"For me, ophthalmology is the best career in medicine," says Dr. Paul Murphy, Saskatoon Health Region's Department Head of Ophthalmology.

The 27-year-veteran initially thought he wanted to be a geologist, then a pathologist like his father, before an 'Aha' moment led him to ophthalmology – the study and treatment of disorders and diseases of the eye. 

Dr. Cory Neudorf: Champion of population and public health

Dr. Cory Neudorf describes himself as a health geek. It's an apt description of a man who has spent the past 24 years dedicated to promoting and protecting the health of people in communities in Saskatchewan and around the world.

Dr. Fergall Magee: The doctor's doctor

"I love classical music. I love the opera. For me, it's the back door into heaven – so passionate and beautiful, life and death," says Dr. Fergall Magee, Unified Head of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Saskatoon Health Region and the University of Saskatchewan.

​Dr. David Campbell: A man who puts his family and his patients first

"When my daughter was born, I had to resuscitate her," says Dr. David Campbell of his first child, who not breathing immediately following her birth.

An obstetric anesthesiologist, Dr. Campbell is well versed in caring for newborns in distress and was able to assist with the resuscitation of the newest addition to his family. 

​Dr. Ivar Mendez: Bringing health care to communities around the world

He's a sculptor, a photographer, a humanitarian and a neurosurgeon.

For a man of such talent and accomplishment, Dr. Ivar Mendez is a humble and unassuming individual, who believes that we are here to serve each other. 

Babies, baking and Dr. Jocelyne Martel

When not delivering babies, Dr. Jocelyne Martel likes to drink espresso, travel to Europe, and bake chocolate cake and caramels – to the delight of her husband and colleagues. She’s even been known to make a marshmallow or two.

​Dr. Laurentiu Givelichian: Making a lasting difference in pediatric medicine

Doctor or professional tennis player – that's the decision Dr. Laurentiu Givelichian had to make at the young age of 15.

“At that time, I was one of the junior tennis champions in Romania,” he says of the country where he was born and raised.

Dr. James Stempien: One man, one word and 10,000 bees

Travel, fencing, bees – what do these three things have in common?

That would be Dr. James Stempien, an unassuming emergency room physician and department head of emergency medicine for Saskatoon Health Region and the University of Saskatchewan. 

Dr. Gary Linassi and the people who inspire him

Heroes – that's who physiatrist Dr. Gary Linassi sees every day in his practice.

“What we often witness is incredible determination. It’s inspiring to see the strength and resilience of the human spirit in times of major life challenges,” he says of the patients with spinal cord injuries and amputations who he treats as part of a team of inter-disciplinary professionals.  

Dr. Haissam Haddad: Respected cardiologist and unified head of medicine

Dr. Haissam Haddad says the best advice he's received is to never quit.

“My father told me that,” says the unified head of medicine for the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon Health Region. 

Dr. Annette Epp: Gynecologist, mother, volunteer

"It's been very fulfilling," says Dr. Annette Epp of her nearly 23-year career as a pelvic floor surgeon and physician specializing in obstetrics (childbirth), gynecology (the female reproductive system) and urogynecology (pelvic floor disorders).

​Dr. Roy Chernoff: 35 years of leading by example and helping people make the most of life

Dr. Roy Chernoff is fascinated by people.

“I like people,” the family physician of 35 years says with a warm and inviting smile. “What’s great about being a family doctor, especially if you’ve been around for a long time like I have, is that each day you know who you’re seeing: who they are, what they do."

​Dr. Mark James: Director, ICU physician, anesthesiologist and scuba diving aficionado

When Dr. Mark James goes home at the end of the day, he likes to walk around his acreage, hone his archery skills with long-bows and wooden arrows he creates himself by hand, or don his scuba gear to explore Saskatchewan’s dark green, often-murky waters.

Passionate and engaged: Dr. Marilyn Baetz shares her career journey so far

"Most people don't know I grew up on a farm and drove a grain truck when I was 10 years old," says a smiling Dr. Marilyn Baetz, Unified Head of the Department of Psychiatry for Saskatoon Health Region and the College of Medicine.​

​A career spanning 40 years: Dr. Pylypchuk shares his experience

When asked what he does, Dr. George Pylypchuk, Acting Unified Head of the Department of Medicine, compares his role to that of a conductor in the orchestra.

Last Modified: Monday, October 16, 2017 |
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