Dialogue Volume 15, Issue 3 2019 - Page 17

COUNCIL AWARD The Dynamo of Kirkland Lake Dr. Mark Spiller D r. Mark Spiller of Kirkland Lake was presented with the CPSO Council Award at the September Council meeting. Dr. Spiller is the Chief of Staff at the Kirkland Lake and District Hospital, where he also serves as the Chief of Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Spiller has devoted 29 years of medical practice to his Kirkland Lake community, where he has had a pro- found effect, transforming the medical institutions and impacting the care of patients. In addition to many years of service as chief of staff, he has been a coroner and the telehealth medical director. He is an assistant professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and, in ad- dition to working in the Kirkland Lake hospital’s emer- gency department, he does emergency room shifts at the nearby Englehart and District Hospital. He also attends to patients at a clinic that helps serve the Matachewan First Nations Reserve. Dr. Spiller was born and raised in Toronto and moved to Kirkland Lake shortly after graduating from the Uni- versity of Toronto’s School of Medicine. His leadership skills and positive attitude are credited with improved access to care in the community, such as by bringing the OTN and Virtual Critical Care pilot projects to the Kirk- land Lake and District Hospital. As a physician recruiter, he has worked tirelessly to find and entice physicians to join the community, the result of which is a robust hos- pitalist program in Kirkland Lake with visiting specialists from across the spectrum. From his earliest days in the community, Dr. Spiller has been a champion and facilita- tor of resource sharing among health-care professionals and the two local hospitals, all with a view to ensuring comprehensive, timely care in the community. Not surprisingly, he was recently appointed the first chief of staff for the soon to be amalgamated Kirkland Lake and Englehart hospitals. We recently spoke to Dr. Spiller about his life and work: Is it true that medicine was not your first career choice? Yes, it’s true! I had originally intended to be a veterinarian but vet school spaces were very limited in those days and it was difficult to get a place. When I was considering ISSUE 3, 2019 DIALOGUE 17