E125 Minister John Haggie on Physician Leadership and Being Minister of Health during COVID19 by Cold Steel: Canadian Journal of Surgery Podcast published on 2022-06-08T13:24:15Z We had the unique opportunity on this episode to speak with the Honourable Minister John Haggie. Dr. Haggie is a general surgeon who spent his career in Newfoundland and Labrador, and went on to become a Member of the House of Assembly in 2015. He was appointed to be the Minister of Health at that time and has continued to serve in that porfolio ever since. We spoke to him about his fascinating life story, his thoughts on leadership and the role of physicians in politics, and about his favourite book Shogun! Bio (fromhttps://www.gov.nl.ca/hcs/department/minister/): The Honourable John Haggie Minister of Health and Community Services Born in England, the Honourable John Haggie completed his medical studies at Victoria University in Manchester. He held several positions as physician, surgeon, tutor and registrar in the North West region of England and after a two-year fellowship, he received a doctorate in cancer research. Since moving to Canada in the early nineties, Minister Haggie has had a long and distinguished career in medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador. He practiced initially as a general surgeon in St. Anthony with the Grenfell Region Health Services. In 1997, he was appointed attending surgeon of general and vascular surgery at James Paton Memorial Hospital in Gander. In 2008, he was appointed Chief of Staff at James Paton Memorial Hospital. Dr. Haggie served as President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Association. In Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2015 general election, he was elected MHA for the District of Gander and appointed to Cabinet to serve as the Minister of Health and Community Services, and continues to serve in that portfolio. Dr. Haggie resides in Gander with his wife Jeanette and two Westies, Chloe and Gracie.