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Dr. Lydia Hatcher, Interim President

HatcherDr. Hatcher received a Bachelor of Science degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) in 1978 and graduated with her MD from MUN in 1982. In 1984, she received certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada and, in 1994, was certified with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives. In 1998, she received the Canadian Psychiatric Association’s annual Mental Health Awareness Award. In 2001, the College of Family Physicians of Canada awarded her a fellowship. She is a member of the Canadian Academy of Pain Management. She worked in Newfoundland, until 2013, having worked for 10 years as Medical Director and Associate Professor of Family Medicine at MUN in a small rural practice and for the last 15 years in private practice in Mount Pearl with a consulting practice in chronic pain.

She also worked both full and part time in the ER of the Janeway Child Health Centre in St John’s over the last 30 years. Dr. Hatcher is very involved in medical politics and is a Past President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association. She was on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), and has sat on a number of CMA committees including Co Chair of the Primary Care Wait Time Partnership and Chair of the GP Forum. She is also heavily involved in the design and development of national continuing medical education programs for family doctors and is VP Quality Control for the International Centre for Evidence based Medicine. Dr. Hatcher is a Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at McMaster University, Faculty of Medicine and Chief of Family Medicine at St Joseph’s Healthcare