Seven new physicians coming to P.E.I.

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Doug Currie, health and wellness minister. 

Islanders seeking medical treatment will have better access to care thanks to the recent hiring of seven new physicians.

The new doctors will be working in a variety of health facilities across P.E.I., with one already practicing and another four beginning to see patients by September.

“The Province of Prince Edward Island is committed to improving access to timely healthcare across the Island,” said Health Minister Doug Currie.

“Each of these individuals brings a tremendous skill set to provide quality care to Islanders, and we are very pleased these physicians have made the decision to practice in P.E.I.”


• Dr. Tyler McDonell began his practice this month as a hospitalist, as well as in family medicine, in Summerside. Dr. McDonell is a physician from the P.E.I. Family Medicine Residency Training Program.


• Dr. Thomas Ofuafor will begin his psychiatry practice in Charlottetown later this summer.


• Dr. Sang Lee will begin practice as an anesthetist in Charlottetown in July.


• Dr. Rebecca Schaefer will begin working as an emergency room physician at Prince County Hospital in September.


• Dr. John Morash, who is providing locum support in Tyne Valley this fall, will practice family medicine in Summerside in January 2015.


• Dr. Erin MacQuarrie has accepted a position in pathology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital beginning in October 2015.


• Dr. Alex MacLean will practice internal medicine and cardiology in Charlottetown starting in September 2015.


Since 2007, the provincial government has recruited 79 new physicians to P.E.I.

“Prince Edward Island understands the importance of attracting highly skilled health care professionals and offers competitive salaries and incentives for our professionals,” Currie said.

“I want to welcome all our new physicians to the medical staff of the province and wish them the best in their medical careers here in Prince Edward Island.”

Organizations: Prince County Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Summerside Tyne Valley

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Recent comments

  • question
    July 12, 2014 - 07:33

    Too bad some really good ones have left. We had a good family doctor but she left, and we wish her well. Is there a required amount of years for the new ones to stay?

  • thankful people find a lot to be thankful for
    July 12, 2014 - 05:51

    Thankful for seven new doctors! On the right path.

  • enough already
    July 11, 2014 - 21:12

    All the lazy bums that eat, drink and smoke too much should start taking care of themselves and then we wouldn't need so many doctors . All our tax money is wasted on greedy people.

    • Wow!
      July 12, 2014 - 09:40

      You must be a real shinning star on a dull day.

  • what ever
    July 11, 2014 - 18:03

    Hope they stay and arent put the run to by the the good okd boys and girls club

    July 11, 2014 - 17:26

    What about West Prince? What about East Kings? None of these doctors are practising in health centers across PEI, all of the positions are either in Summerside or Charlottetown. The one doctor that was in Tyne Valley is now moving to Summerside. How is that improving health care across the Island? Failed again!

  • Len
    July 11, 2014 - 16:03

    How many of the 79 doctors have left already?

  • REALLY'!!
    July 11, 2014 - 14:26

    Only TWO out of seven are family physicians...please keep looking! The liberal promise is nowhere near fulfilled .

  • townie22
    July 11, 2014 - 13:10

    and PM Harper promised a reduction in hospital wait times...... it's a North American problem, according to my latest copy of Consumer Reports (advice for walk-in clinics for those with no doctor).

  • don
    July 11, 2014 - 12:07

    well doug your master "PROMISED" during the 2007 P.E.I. election campaign. Robert Ghiz promised a family doctor for every Islander. At the top of the list was a simple, direct promise, and one that every Islander could easily grasp. "We promise every Islander a family physician," said Liberal Leader Robert Ghiz. well doug where are the 140,000 plus doctors? as it is now ghiz promise's means crap and is in English they call it a "LIE".