(November 28, 2007 - Insidermedicine) On November 26th and 27th, 2007, health care and policy experts from across the country were invited to help write the prescription for managing wait times for health care at the "Wait Times in Canada" conference, co-hosted by Kingston General Hospital and Queen's University.
At the conference, we had a chance to speak to Dr. Lorne Bellan. Dr. Bellan is an ophthalmologist subspecializing in oculoplastic surgery and a Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Manitoba. He is also the Co-Chair of the Canadian Medical Association's Wait Times Alliance (WTA), and the President-elect of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS). He serves as a member of the Western Canada Wait List Project, and as the Coordinator of the Misericordia Health Centre Cataract Waiting List Program. Dr. Bellan also served as the Chair of the COS committee which created the first Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for cataract surgery. Dr. Bellan's research interests include sedation, vital sign monitoring, and outcomes in cataract surgery; predictors of surgical outcomes; waiting times and endophthalmitis. He is an investigator in the PORT Cataract study -- a multinational study comparing cataract surgery in different health care models.