Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Medical Association

August 17, 2005 10:00 ET

CMA Installs President and President-Elect for 2005-2006 Today

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 17, 2005) - Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai, a cardiologist from Edmonton, Alberta, will become the President of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) during the Installation Ceremonies of the 138th Annual General Meeting of the association this evening at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, in Edmonton. Dr. Colin McMillan of Stratford, PEI, has been elected to the position of CMA President-Elect for the coming year.

Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai, born in Pincher Creek Alberta, joined the faculty of the University of Alberta in 1977 and served in various academic positions, including Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean of Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. In addition to establishing the Heritage Pediatric Cardiology Program, Dr. Collins-Nakai introduced ultrasound of the heart, helped establish an infant heart surgery program, and was the first to perform many innovative interventional catheterization procedures in Western Canada.

Dr. Collins-Nakai was the first woman elected president of the Alberta Medical Association in 1987. She is the fourth woman to be elected president of the CMA. She was a member of the Premier's Commission on Future Health Care for Alberta and was also the first woman president of both the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the InterAmerican Society of Cardiology.

She represented Alberta as a delegate to CMA General Council and has served on the CMA Board of Directors. She has been a member of the CMA Physician Resources Committee, several task forces, the Committee of Affiliates, and the CMAJ Oversight Committee. She was recently selected by her peers to be the national spokesperson for the Wait Time Alliance of Canada (WTA), which is comprised of the CMA and six national specialty societies.

PEI native Colin McMillan's name has long been associated with medical leadership, community service and dedication to the profession. A Rhodes Scholar from St. Dunstan's University, Dr. McMillan read Modern History at Oriel College, Oxford University before returning to Canada to study medicine at McGill University. He pursued specialty training in internal medicine and cardiology at Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital and Children's Hospital, and, in 1977, opened his medical practice in Prince Edward Island.

For many years he was affiliated with the Charlottetown Clinic and the island's major hospitals. In addition to being a clinical instructor at Dalhousie University's Department of Medicine, he currently maintains a practice at Riverside Medical Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, and is a consultant at King's County Memorial Hospital in Montague.

His work with the Canadian Medical Association began in the early 1980s as a member of the Political Action Committee. Since then he has been a member of the Board of Directors (1989-1993), chair of the Board (1993-1997), chair of MD Management and chair of MD Funds Management (1995-2001). Now a member and former chair of the board of CMA Holdings, he also sits on the CMA Committee on Archives.

Full biographical notes for Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai and Dr. Colin McMillan are posted at

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