All New Brunswickers help make NB Trauma Program’s mission possible. The NB Trauma Program does have designated staff and physicians to help coordinate the program’s efforts.
Dr. Tushar Pishe
Dr. Pishe is the interim medical director of the NB Trauma Program. Dr. Pishe has been an Emergency Physician at the SJRH since completing his Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine residencies from Dalhousie University in 2002. He has held various positions including Medical Education Coordinator and Director of Emergency Ultrasound. His main areas of interest are EMS, Point of Care Ultrasound, Trauma Care and building systems.
Dr. Pishe has also been associated with the ambulance system for more than twelve (12) years in various roles, including as the local Medical Director for several ambulance services prior to Ambulance New Brunswick and, since 2008, as a member of the Provincial EMS Medical Advisory Committee. He has also contributed greatly to New Brunswick’s EMS System in his roles as Medical Oversight Physician, and the lead for the Air Ambulance Program, as well as acting as a Trauma Control Physician within the NB Trauma Program. He is also an Assistant Professor with Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS and a Clinical Assistant Professor with Memorial University in Newfoundland.
Ian is the Administrative Director of the NB Trauma Program. Ian has over 20 years of experience in acute care, beginning as a Primary Care and Advanced Care Paramedic in urban Ontario settings. Since 2002, he has held increasingly responsible positions within New Brunswick, combining his clinical experience in EMS with administrative leadership opportunities.
In addition to his prehospital education from both Humber College and the Michener Institute in Toronto, Ian holds a BSc from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Health Sciences in Health Administration from the University of Toronto. He is bilingual and has completed programs in Emergency Management, with the Canadian Medical Associations’ Physician Leadership Institute and has completed LEADS certification through the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Ian is also an active researcher, having presented multiple abstracts, posters and oral presentations on trauma system performance at the national level. He also serves as Board Chair for the Atlantic Collaborative on Injury Prevention and as Leadership Advisory Team member for Child Safety Link – organizations dedicated to reducing the burden of injury throughout Atlantic Canada.
Dr. Jay Mekwan
Dr. Jay Mekwan is the Clinical Lead for the NBTP Mobile Simulation Program. Dr. Mekwan brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the delivery and development of simulation across many specialties. He is a gifted educator working as an assistant professor at, Dalhousie University and works as an emergency specialist at the SJRH.
Dr. Mekwan’s educational background is an MBBS, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (UK). His research interests include mid and high-fidelity simulation for team training and education as well as emergency airway management.
Javeria is the Trauma Education Specialist for The NB Trauma Program. Javeria is an international medical graduate holding a Doctor of Medicine as well as Master’s in Health Professional Education (Medical Education) from the University of Toronto. As a Trauma Education specialist Javeria provides coordination and support for Mobile Trauma Simulation Program across the province.
Shelley has held the full-time position of Trauma Coordinator at The Moncton Hospital, the province’s Level 2 Trauma Centre, since 2010 and recently began job sharing with Julie Ringuette. Shelley is an experienced emergency nurse who has also provided management leadership to the emergency department at The Moncton Hospital. Shelley trained and worked at the Health Sciences Centre, St. John’s NL for 12 years prior to moving to The Moncton Hospital 1996.
Julie Ringuette RN BScN graduated from l’Université de Moncton Bathurst site in 2000. Julie is an experienced, bilingual ER nurse who shares the Trauma Coordinator role at The Moncton City Hospital with Shelley Woodford. Her nursing career originated at the Grand Falls Regional Hospital. She has worked in Trauma Centers in Western Canada and in Philadelphia (USA) before coming back home to The Moncton Hospital, the province’s level II Trauma center, in 2006. In addition to her Coordinator role, she continues to work in the Emergency Department and in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit.
Shelley and Julie facilitate optimal trauma care provided in designated New Brunswick trauma centres through the application of quality management principles, injury prevention, education and research. They also have a lead role in the local Trauma Advisory Committee.
Leisa Ouellet RN BN graduated from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton in 1987. Leisa is an experienced, bilingual nurse who has worked in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal in ICU, PACU, and Emergency for most of her career. She ventured into clinical research in 1997 until 2007 where she had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Canada and the US as a Clinical Research Associate monitoring clinical trials for the pharmaceutical industry. She returned home to New Brunswick where she worked as the Director of Care in a large special care home before returning to her roots in Emergency nursing in Saint John. Leisa had the privilege of working as an instructor with students at NBCC and UNB prior to working with the NB Organ and Tissue Program as a Certified Eye Bank Technician. She began her role as Trauma Coordinator in May 2017 and is thrilled to be part of this incredible team and program.
Allison is the Trauma Registry Manager/Data Analyst of the NB Trauma Program. Allison has experience working in Health Records/Utilization Management as the Manager, Transcription and Clerical Services. Allison graduated from Dalhousie University with her BSc in Biology and later obtained her Health Records Administration certificate. As Trauma Registry Manager/Data Analyst, Allison is responsible for the development, implementation, management and enhancement of the provincial trauma registry.
In addition, Health Information Management Professionals at both the Saint John Regional Hospital and The Moncton Hospital are key to our data management efforts. These healthcare professionals help ensure complete, accurate data for analysis – thanks especially to Diana Marr and Natalie Roy!
Richard is the provincial Injury Prevention Coordinator for the NB Trauma Program. Richard has a wealth of clinical education, as well as a Master’s Degree in Health Services Management from the University of Moncton. As Injury Prevention Coordinator, Richard provides leadership and coordination to injury prevention programs across the province.
Pauline is the Knowledge Translation and Communications Specialist for the NB Trauma Program. Pauline brings valuable knowledge and experience from outside the health care professions. Graduating from UNB Saint John with her BA and BBA in psychology and business, and finishing her education at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK with a Masters in International Management. In her spare time, you will find Pauline participating in sports or involved in her community as a local champion!
Trauma Control Physicians (TCPs)
Trauma Control Physicians are a critical component of the services offered directly by the NB Trauma Program. TCPs provide guidance to trauma centres using the toll free trauma referral line. TCPs are all New Brunswick physicians – emergency physicians, general surgeons or surgical subspecialists from our major trauma centres – who have training and experience in advanced trauma care. There is always a TCP on call, via the Toll-Free Trauma Referral System, 24/7/365. TCPs provide clinical guidance, make destination decisions for patients that need to be transferred to another trauma centre right away and to make sure that the trauma centre that will receive the patient is prepared in advance of their arrival. Our current TCP team consists of:
Dr. Tushar Pishe
Dr. Hari Ondiveeran
Dr. Jacques Albert
Dr. Paul Albert
Dr. Cherie Adams
Dr. Krishna Pulchan
Nurses have an important role within the NB Trauma Program and are helping to improve trauma care throughout the province. Each trauma nurse has a background in emergency or critical care, has been certified in the Trauma Nursing Core Course©, and keeps abreast of current trauma care trends through literature review, trauma rounds and trauma conferences. Part-time trauma nurses are located at:
Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital – Janet Vautour
The Moncton Hospital – Stacey McEachern
Dr. Georges-L. Dumont University Hospital Centre – Melissa Savoie
Chaleur Regional Hospital- Veronique Jean
Edmundston Regional Hospital – Chelsea Charette
Campbellton Regional Hospital – Julie Savoie
Miramichi Regional Hospital – Renée Squires
Saint John Regional Hospital – Susan Benjamin
Trauma nurses conduct activities in education, quality improvement, and data collection to help trauma centres in their respective areas achieve the best trauma care possible.
The operations of the NB Trauma Program are supported by a total of three administrative assistants, working from our two major trauma centres (SJRH and TMH). These professionals provide administrative support to the Medical and Administrative Directors, ensure accurate data entry and record keeping, support course registrations and logistics and also support local and provincial injury prevention and research activities. Our Administrative Assistants are key to completing our team, allowing us to meet our mission of excellence in trauma care, injury prevention, education and research. Our current administrative assistant team consists of:
Sammy Jo Steeves
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