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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Christopher Columbus

Senior Leadership

Dr. Owen Heisler

Vice-President, Medicine & Chief Medical Officer

Owen Heisler MD, MBA, FRCSC is the vice-president of medicine and chief medical officer and is the most senior medical administrative leader in Covenant Health, as appointed by the Covenant Health CEO.

Dr. Heisler is a respected, values-driven leader who has served in a variety of leadership and executive roles in Alberta and British Columbia over the past 25 years. Previous roles held by Dr. Heisler included assistant registrar and complaints director for the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta. Prior to that, he served as chief medical officer and executive vice-president for Vancouver Island Health Authority, Edmonton Zone medical director and associate chief medical officer of diagnostic services for Alberta Health Services. As a general surgeon in central Alberta, he held several medical leadership roles in the former David Thompson Health Region from 1990 to 2008, including vice-president of medicine.

Dr. Heisler’s collaborative and consensus-building style will be a significant asset to the Covenant family, fostering open dialogue, shared vision, teamwork and strong partnerships across our sites and communities and with Alberta Health Services.

As the executive leader for the medical portfolio, Dr. Heisler provides strategic oversight and stewardship for health service and care delivery across all Covenant sites. His responsibilities include executive leadership of medical affairs and infection control and overallco-ordination of medical resources, ensuring services are carried out in accordance with our mission, vision and values, ethical guidelines and medical staff bylaws. Dr. Heisler also served as a member of Covenant Health’s Quality and System Performance Committee of the Board prior to his current appointment.

Medical school, surgical residency and a master’s degree in experimental surgery at the University of Alberta interspersed with an internship at Dalhousie University were the prelude to a busy 19-year general surgical practice in Red Deer, Alberta that preceded this administrative track.

Dr. Heisler is a Canadian Fellowship (FRCSC) general surgeon who earned his MBA from Richard Ivey School of Business, MSc through the University of Alberta and certificate in theological studies through Newman Theological College.