Mark Dermer

Mark Dermer

MD, CCFP, FCFP

Ottawa, Ontario
Family physician

Area 5, Division A
(ONTARIO)

Candidate statement

I am interested in becoming a CMPA councillor so that I can contribute my skills and experience to sustaining and strengthening our profession's most important association. At a time when we are experiencing growing workplace stress and burnout, our mutual protection association has an essential role to play in assisting us with three key issues. First, we face emerging and disruptive changes to healthcare delivery, particularly in the broadening scope of practice of other professions and from the rapid advancement of virtual care and artificial intelligence. Second, we increasingly struggle to reconcile our accountability to best evidence with patient demands. Finally, we rely on government reimbursements to fund our association, which is a vulnerability that I believe we must proactively address.
Over my career to date I have had the opportunity to serve in a variety of relevant leadership roles that have prepared me for the role of councillor: founder and practice lead of an award winning 11-doctor group practice, physician advisor and CME educator for the CMA, senior medical advisor to Canada Health Infoway, independent healthcare consultant, and now medical director and chief privacy officer for a telemedicine company delivering employer-paid physician services. Those roles and my related interests have helped me acquire broad knowledge of clinical practice, healthcare policy, implementation and optimization of new innovations, and regulatory compliance, privacy and ethics. My accumulated experience has also developed my skills in strategy, management, finance, governance and communications. Finally, I am fluent in French.
If I am elected, I will work diligently and loyally for my member colleagues so that the CMPA maintains its autonomy and its dedication to physicians, while I also contribute to our association’s effective adaptation to a demanding and rapidly evolving practice environment. These undertakings are to achieve my primary goal: assuring that our existing membership and the young people entering our profession have a rewarding and well-protected medical career.

Relevant skills and experience

Practice Appointments

Community-based primary care offices

Family Physician
1992-2018

Dialogue Technologies

Telemedicine Physician
2017-

Hillel Lodge Nursing Home

Attending Physician
1992-1997

Riverside Hospital

Active Staff
1992-1997

The Ottawa Hospital - General Campus

Active Staff
1993-2012

Professional Appointments

Canada Health Infoway

Senior Medical Advisor - Ontario
2005-2008

Central Ottawa Family Health Organization

Lead Physician
2003-2018

CMA Holdings

Clinical Advisor and CME Educator
1996-2005

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

Peer Assessor
2017-

Dialogue Technologies

Medical Director
2018-
Chief Privacy Officer
2018-




Election contact information

Email: dr.mark.dermer@gmail.com
Phone: 613-233-8345