Melissa Holowaty

MD, PhD, MS, CCFP(AM)

Melissa Nicolle Holowaty

Havelock, Ontario
Family medicine

Area 5, Division A
(ONTARIO)

Key skills and experience

Leadership
Patient safety
Physician wellness
World of medicine

Dr. Holowaty is a primary care physician from Havelock, Ontario. She brings a wealth of experience as a full-scope rural family physician delivering care within her community of approximately 3,000 people.

Dr. Holowaty has a diverse range of specialized clinical skills and is actively involved in life-long learning. Dr. Holowaty completed a PhD in Molecular Virology (2004), a Master’s Degree in Palliative Care (2020), she is a Diplomate of the Canadian Academy of Pain Management, and has her Certificate of Added Competence in Addiction Medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).

She has dedicated much of her career to teaching and supervising learners interested in addiction medicine electives and presenting nationally in the areas of addiction medicine and pain management for family physicians. She has demonstrated her leadership skills having sat on the Board of the Ontario Medical Association, the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, and is current co-chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians Mentoring Implementation Group and current chair of the CFPC Addiction Medicine Member Interest Group.

The Nominating Committee values Dr. Holowaty’s diverse work experience in addiction medicine, her strength in leadership and communication, and her commitment to advocate for healthcare policies that support physician wellness and patient safety.

Relevant skills and experience highlights

Practice Appointments

Campbellford Memorial Hospital

Medical Staff - consulting privileges
2019-

Central Hastings Family Health Organization

Physician
2011-

Quinte Health Care

Medical Staff - courtesy privileges
2019-

Professional Appointments

Central Hastings Family Health Team

Board Member
2011-2013

College of Family Physicians of Canada

Chair, Addiction Medicine Member Interest Group
2019-

ECHO Ontario Liver

Advisory Board Member
2018-

Hastings and Prince Edward Medical Society

President
2017-2020

Mentoring, Education, and Clinical Tools for Addiction: Primary Care-Hospital Integration

Advisory Committee Member
2020-

Ontario College of Family Physicians

Co-Chair, Mentoring Implementation Group
2020-

Ontario Medical Association

Board Director
2020-
Governance and Nominating Committee Member
2020-
Hastings Prince Edward Delegate for District 6
2017-2020
Rural Expert Panel Member
2016-2020

Society of Rural Physicians of Canada

Board Member – Ontario Representative
2018-2020