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Announcement of Saint John Area Local Chief of Staff

(HORIZON) August 24, 2017 - Horizon Health Network is pleased to announce Dr. Margot Burnell as the new Chief of Staff for the Saint John area. Dr. Burnell brings over thirty years of experience as an Oncologist in Saint John to her new role. For the past eight years, she has been the Clinical Department Head of Oncology at the Saint John Regional Hospital.

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Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Dr. Burnell attended medical school at the University of Western Ontario and undertook her residency in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology at the University of Toronto. She then spent a fellowship year at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK. Since that time, she has been working in Saint John, dedicating her professional career to the care of cancer patients, families, and their care providers. 

A strong advocate for patients and their families, Dr Burnell understands the many issues faced by patients, clinicians, and health care professionals. Most recently, as Clinical Department Head of Oncology in Saint John, she has worked with the oncology team to develop and facilitate a vision and strategic plan for cancer care dedicated to patient care, education, and research. 

As an active member of the Saint John Regional Hospital, she has sat on much hospital, provincial and national committees, including the Local Medical Advisory Committee, the Medication Management Committee, and the Provincial Drugs and Therapeutics Committee. Since 2013, Dr. Burnell has been an active member of the Regional Medical Advisory Committee. These roles have enabled Dr. Burnell to gain valuable exposure to and experience in the varied responsibilities of medical administration, all while working towards providing the best medical care for patients in her community. 

Dr. Burnell's leadership, knowledge, and passion will continue to have a positive impact on Horizon physicians, staff, and patients as she takes on her new role.

Dr. Burnell will assume her new duties effective September 1, 2017. She replaces Dr. John Dornan who has held this position since 2011. Horizon would like to thank the outgoing Chief of Staff, Dr. John Dornan, for his dedication and commitment to the physicians and patients of Horizon Health Network.  He was never afraid to tackle the tough issues head-on, all while advocating for his patients. Horizon is fortunate that Dr. Dornan will continue his role as an Endocrinologist in Saint John and will also continue with committee work related to patient safety.

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Stephanie Neilson-Levesque
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