Health authority recruits palliative care specialist

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Fills vacancy created by departure of Dr. Carolyn Atkinson in 2011

The Cumberland Health Authority has recruited a new palliative care specialist.

AMHERST – Cumberland County patients and families who are dealing with a life threatening illness will once again have access to the services of a palliative care specialist with the pending arrival of a new member of the Cumberland Health Authority’s medical team.

Dr. Keith Short will join the local medical staff in early August.

In making the announcement, CEO Bruce Quigley said the district is very pleased to have recruited Dr. Short after a lengthy search for a replacement for Dr. Carolyn Atkinson who left the area in November 2011.

“Palliative care is a relatively new medical specialty that focuses on improving quality of live and providing comfort to people of all ages with serious, chronic and life-threatening illnesses, said Quigley. Because there are a small number of palliative care doctors available, our search took longer than anticipated.”

Dr. Short comes to this area from Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L.  Dr. Short is a graduate of Memorial University with a bachelor of science in biochemistry as well as a doctor of medicine. He did his family medicine residency at Memorial and then attended Dalhousie University in Halifax where he completed the palliative care fellowship program.

 He will be working with a palliative care team that includes nurses, social workers and other health care professionals from across the county who are supported in many communities by a dedicated group of volunteers.  


Organizations: Cumberland Health Authority, Dalhousie University

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Halifax

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