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Posted December 5 2011


Laurier appoints Dr. Corinne Dixon as director, Health Services

Waterloo - Laurier has appointed Dr. Corinne Dixon as the university’s director, Health Services, effective immediately. Dixon, who has worked at Laurier as a staff physician since 1988, will report to David McMurray, Laurier’s vice-president: Student Affairs, in her new role. In addition to leading a team of 15 part-time staff physicians, she will oversee complex medical cases, such as those requiring referrals or special tests; strategize around broad issues such as mental health; and spearhead the university’s response to public health emergencies such as SARS and H1N1. She will also continue to regularly see patients at Laurier’s Waterloo campus clinic.“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Dixon to her new role at Laurier,” said McMurray. “She has earned the respect and trust of her patients through her sincere and exceptional attention to student success. Dr. Dixon understands students, their challenges, their aspirations and the kind of health care that goes beyond clinical care to a full appreciation of well-being for life.”

Dixon studied biology and chemistry at the University of Waterloo and received her medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1986. Throughout her time at Laurier, she has also run a successful private family medical practice in Kitchener, Ontario, caring for over 1,000 patients. Since 2007, she has been lead physician for the Waterloo Region Family Health Organization, working with a team of 22 family physicians.

“I especially enjoy the educational component that comes with my new role at Laurier,” said Dixon. “The students are always very inquisitive, very interested in learning, and that’s an enjoyable part of what we do, whether it’s around something as simple as a viral cold to questions about birth control to recognizing and dealing with mental health issues.”

Dixon is a fellow of the Canadian College of Family Physicians and a member of several professional associations, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. She succeeds Dr. Jim Hicks, Laurier’s first director of Health Services, who passed away in early October after a long battle with cancer. Dixon has been serving as acting director of Health Services since September.

“As I step into Dr. Hicks’s big shoes, it’s comforting to know that our exceptional staff is in place and that we work well as a team,” Dixon said. “The nurses and support staff are excellent, and the physicians have all been at Laurier for quite a long time. Everyone is supportive not only to the students but also to each other.”

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