2008 – New Brunswick
From Moncton, New Brunswick, Dr Tom Laughlin is a family physician who is highly respected for his leadership and passion. He is tireless in his drive to improve care for his patients and serves as an outstanding role model for his students and colleagues.
Tom obtained a medical degree from Dalhousie University in 1978 and later established his family practice at The Moncton Medical Clinic, with hospital privileges at the South East Health Care Corporation. Tom was certified in Family Medicine in 1985 and is currently Chief of the Department of Family Medicine for the South East Regional Health Authority.
Tom’s greatest attributes include his ability to inspire interest amongst his colleagues in medical education and to inject those he teaches with his enthusiasm for family medicine. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Dalhousie and a Preceptor for Nurse Practitioners at the Athabasca University Centre. Tom has been instrumental in reorganizing medical education at his hospital and in 1999, was successful in helping to establish the Northumberland Family Medicine Teaching Unit where he continues to teach.
In recognition of his success, Tom has received numerous awards. In 1996 he was the Preceptor of the Year at Dalhousie University and the same year, became the President of the New Brunswick College of Family Physicians.
Tom and his wife, Diane, keep busy with their three children: Danielle, Nicole and Eric. They enjoy hiking, white water canoeing, salmon fishing and ski racing – a sport in which Tom takes a particular interest as an official and team physician.
“I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to practice comprehensive family medicine, including obstetrical and in-patient care throughout my career. My joy of family medicine has come from caring for people from birth to end of life care, involving in some cases four generations.”