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Providing pediatric emergency care to children and youth

Our faculty consists of a mix of seasoned, highly experienced clinicians, as well as younger physicians who possess additional specialized expertise in pediatric and emergency care at the IWK Health Centre.

We're dedicated to Dalhousie Medical School's academic mandate, and our members have a long history of providing excellent teaching to medical students and residents.

Several faculty members have, or are completing, masters degrees in areas such as clinical epidemiology, medical education and medical informatics. And we have a clinical toxicologist on staff who spends 1.5 days a week in our Regional Poison Control Centre.

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Dr. Dominic Allain, MD, FRCPC(PEM)

Dr. Dominic Allain is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University, and an attending Pediatric Emergency physician at the IWK Health Centre. Dr. Allain moved to Halifax from Edmonton in 2015, where he worked at the Stollery Children’s Hospital for several years and was the Director of the Global Health Office in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. Dr. Allain has served on several national committee executives, including the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS). He has just finished two consecutive terms as President of the EM Section of the CPS, and is beginning his term as President Elect of the Global Child and Youth Health Section. He is the Emergency Medicine Section Liaison for both the Acute Care and the Injury Prevention Committees of the CPS. Dr. Allain is also the CPS Liaison for the PEM Subspecialty Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has worked and taught in many developing countries, including contributing to disaster relief efforts in Haiti on several occasions, teaching and setting up partnerships in Africa, South East Asia and Latin America, and conducting MicroResearch workshops in Ethiopia and Uganda. Dr. Allain has an active research portfolio. His research interests include pediatric pre-hospital care, medical simulation, and global child health. He is the new Ground Ambulance Pediatric Medical Director for EHS and the Department of Health and Wellness. Dr. Allain is an alumni of the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University, and enjoys soccer, scuba diving, traveling the world, and building forts and tunnels with his wife and 3 year old daughter.

Dr. Emma Burns, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Emma Burns graduated with a Coop degree in Biochemistry from the University of Victoria prior to attending medical school at Dalhousie. She then completed Pediatric residency at Dalhousie University prior to graduating from the Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship program based at the University of Ottawa in 2011. Now a board certified PEM trained physician she works on staff at the IWK Emergency Department. She is an Assistant Professor at the Dalhousie University. Research interests include head injury in children and storytelling in medicine. Dr. Burns is working to establish a bedside ultrasound program in the department. Simulation is another area of interest. After completing the WISE national training program in debriefing she is working to establish a multi-disciplinary simulation program focused on the PEM fellow and adult emergency medicine residents.

Dr. Tara Chobotuk, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Tara Chobotuk is a come-from-away who was snagged to stay!  Born and raised in Calgary, she completed Medical School at the University of Alberta.  She leapt to the East coast for her Pediatric Residency at Dalhousie University and fell in love with the friendliness of Maritimers and the beauty of Halifax.  She joined the IWK Emergency Department in July 2012.  She also practices as a Community Pediatrician at the IWK Spryfield Pediatric Clinic and as a Hospitalist on the IWK Pediatric Medical Unit.  She loves doing anything active or creative and will talk your ear off when it comes to travelling!

Dr. Vered Gazit, MD

Dr. Vered Gazit is an Assistant Professor in the Emergency Department, Dalhousie University Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  She obtained her medical degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the Wolfson Medical Center in Israel before moving on to complete her Pediatric Emergency Medicine training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Her main interest is using medical simulation as a tool to improve patient safety, teamwork and resuscitation skills. She is now the physician Lead on the IWK Centre Wide Simulation Steering Committee representing the Pediatric Program.
When she started at the IWK in 2009, Dr. Gazit agreed to take on the role of Disaster Management Liaison for the IWK Emergency Department. Dr. Gazit is developing Emergency Department Disaster Preparedness plans and was recently involved in the development of the Hospital Based Reception of Contaminated Casualties Protocol for the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.
Dr. Gazit also holds a part time job as a respected driver for her two daughters.

Dr. Katrina Hurley MD FRCPC MHI

Dr. Katrina Hurley graduated from medical school at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2001. She pursued a residency in Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University and concurrently completed the Clinician Investigator Program and a Masters in Health Informatics. She has been an Emergency Physician at the IWK since 2009 and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  

Dr. Hurley is the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Research Director.  Being mom to a junior palentologist and twin girls keeps her busy in her "free time."

Dr. Erin Killorn, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Erin Killorn is a native of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.  After attending medical school at Dalhousie University, she left the Maritimes to complete the bulk of her postgraduate training at the University of Western University in London, Ontario, first with a residency in Pediatrics, followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Killorn's main interests in Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) centre around learner education.  She is currently completing a Masters in Health Professions Education through UIC in Chicago.  She became involved in Educational Leadership early in her career in PEM, initially serving as Assistant and Interim Director of the Pediatric Clerkship in London, prior to taking on the role of Assistant Program Director of the PEM Fellowship at Western in recent years.  Before moving to Halifax to work in the IWK Emergency Department she most recently served in the role of Program Director of the PEM Fellowship in London.  Outside of the hospital, Erin pursues a number of musical and athletic interests.  She is a singer and has enjoyed performing in many solo and group capacities over the years, including recently being involved in some community musical theatre productions in London, Ontario.  She is an avid volleyball player, and also enjoys getting in a few rounds of golf in the summer, as any good PEI girl should.

Dr. Lorraine Lewis BSc, MD, CCFP

Dr. Lewis works at the IWK Emergency Department as a part time physician; she also works at her own family practice in Dartmouth, has admitting privileges at Dartmouth General Hospital and covers obstetrics at the IWK Health Centre. When she is not delivering babies, seeing her sick patients, working in the ED, or teaching, she loves to travel, kayak and ski.

Dr. Shannon MacPhee, MD FRCPC, Chief, IWK Health Centre Emergency Department, Head, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Dr. Shannon MacPhee graduated from medical school at Dalhousie University in 1999.  Following this, she did her Pediatric residency and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children.  Dr. MacPhee was recruited to the IWK in 2005 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  She began her tenure as Chief Emergency Medicine at the IWK in 2009.  She has a keen interest in medical simulation and has been a driving force for the development of the program at the IWK Health Centre.  She also has an interest in Knowledge Translation and optimizing communication during patient interactions.   Outside of work, she loves to enjoy the great outdoors with her family.

Dr. Heather Rose MD MHSc FRCPC

Dr. Rose is the Post Graduate Director for the Off Service Residency Program in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and has been a member of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine for 12 years. She is also Head, IWK Division of Community Pediatrics. Her medical education interests include meaningful resident feedback and evaluation. Her research and clinical interests include the provision of collaborative pediatric care models in the community and the interface between Emergency Medicine Care and Community Care. She currently runs a weekly IWK Community Pediatric Clinic in the Preston communities and was instrumental in the development of the IWK Community Pediatric Clinic in Spryfield.

Dr. Jeffrey Scott, MB, ChB, MHSc, MHSA, FRCPC

Dr. Jeff Scott trained in medicine in Edinburgh. He completed postgraduate training in general practice. Subsequently, he completed Fellowship training in Pediatrics in Canada. He worked for several years for Grenfell Regional Health Services in Northern Newfoundland and Labrador as a travelling pediatrician. While working with Grenfell Regional Health Services, Dr. Scott became interested in the field of public health.  He worked for 15 years as a Medical Officer of Health and then as Chief Medical Officer of Health in the Province of Nova Scotia until 2007 while also working at the IWK Health Centre in Emergency Pediatrics. He is now semi-retired but continues to work part-time as a pediatric emergency physician at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax and to provide locum Pediatric and Public Health Services in Atlantic Canada.  
He is also an investigator with the Health Policy and Translation Group at the Centre for Vaccinology at Dalhousie University. He has research interests in many areas of public health, with particular emphasis on the translation of such research into effective public health policies or public health programs.

Dr. Brett Taylor, MD, FRCPC, MHI

Dr. Brett Taylor is an Academic Emergency Pediatrician and Health Informatician with the Department of Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre Emergency Department in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Currently, his administrative and academic duties include Director, Centre for Therapeutic Technology at the IWK, Director Informatics for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie, and Lead Physician, Informatics for the IWK Health Centre.  
Research interests include decision support in the acute care environment, decision making theory, the e-therapeutics of minor traumatic brain injury, mobile applications for health, and information visualization.  Dr. Taylor has been the director of two emergency pediatric programs and is a member of national pediatric research consortiums.  He lives, works and surfs in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Dr. Kirstin Weerdenburg, MD FRCPC

Dr. Kirstin Weerdenburg completed her Pediatric residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, before returning to Canada to complete both Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Point-of-Care Ultrasound fellowships at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. She joined the IWK Emergency Department in July 2015 and is the Director of Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound, Research and Quality Assurance, as well as an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University. She is co-leading the development of the Point-of-Care Ultrasound program in the Emergency Department through the education and training of her colleagues and medical trainees.Her research interests outside of Point-of-Care Ultrasound, include concussion and patient flow in the Emergency Department.

She enjoys all sports and outdoor activities, but her true loves include figure skating, fastball and swimming. She also enjoys traveling the world, reading, eating and spending time with her family. 

Dr. Michael Young, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Michael Young has worked in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the IWK since 2009 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Prior to returning to Halifax he worked across Northern Canada, first as a family physician and more recently as a pediatrician.  He maintains a part time pediatric practice in the Northwest Territories and a research interest in respiratory infections in northern infants.

He has an interest in Quality and Safety, and is currently the Director of Quality Improvement at the IWK Emergency Department.  He and his family enjoy travel and outdoor water sports - both frozen and liquid.