Shine A Light

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Initiated by Dr. Alison Clarke during her 2018-19 term as President, Shine A Light recognizes and profiles AMA member physicians who are making a difference by:

  • Spearheading projects that improve patient and/or community life
  • Diligently following/tracking patients to ensure coordinated care
  • Working long hours and adjusting schedules to meet patient needs
  • Contributing to Alberta’s vision of a high-performing health care system

Nominee profiles

Dr. Neha Chadha

Recently finished her residency and a new family physician at Edmonton’s Nova Medical Clinic, Dr. Neha Chadha made a lasting impression on, and has a fan-for-life in, the patient who nominated her in June for recognition by the Shine A Light program. In her nomination, Paula describes how, as a new doctor, Dr. Chadha took on Paula as a patient, “complicated health portfolio … complex care plan … the ever-changing scenarios of autoimmune disease…” and all!

Recognizing four outstanding physicians

In the January-February 2021 edition of Alberta Doctors’ Digest, we proudly Shine A Light on Drs. Wendy Sligl, Duncan Mackey, Trevor Bernhardt and Kristen Hemrick

10 family physicians nominated for Shine A Light

10 family physicians nominated for recognition by the AMA's Shine A Light program: Dr. Sanjeev Bhatla - Calgary; Dr. Michelle Dion - Sherwood Park; Dr. Heidi Fell - Calgary; Dr. Tulika Karan - Calgary; Dr. Lai Man Ma - Edmonton; Dr. Peter Mah - Red Deer; Dr. Patricia Pawaroo - Calgary; Dr. Andrea Scott - Edmonton; Dr. Nasreen Sheik - Calgary; and Dr. Wikus Venter - Calgary (nominated twice).

Dr. Joni McNeely

Dr. Joni McNeely's approach to medicine is to think of the patient in terms of three things: how they live (their housing, access to food, etc.); how they love (their relationships and safety); and how they do (employment, education, access to recreation).

Dr. Remo Panaccione

Described as “a true patient advocate” and “a very thoughtful and conscientious physician,” Dr. Remo Panaccione credits what he has learned from his patients through the years for helping him be a better doctor.

Dr. Francesco Mosaico

Dr. Francesco Mosaico’s main desire is that “the light be shone upon” the comprehensive health care provided by Edmonton's Boyle McCauley Health Centre.

Dr. Lori Lobay

"My patients are the favorite part of my work. I value the many wonderful relationships I've built over the years, caring for patients and their families." - Dr. Lori Lobay

Dr. Mzikayise Tshatshela

"I love the science of medicine and the privilege it affords me to serve people from all walks of life. Moreover, I enjoy the endless mental stimulation I get from my day-to-day work. It is a career that challenges me to learn continuously." - Dr. Mzikayise Tshatshela

Dr. Gregg Robinson

You need only to read the adjectives and phrases of highest praise applied to Dr. Gregg Robinson by his Shine A Light nominator and colleague, Dr. Kim Rogers, to know that Dr. Robinson is not only worthy of the program’s recognition, but he’s someone we want to get to know better!

Dr. Daisy Fung

Dr. Daisy Fung is a family physician at the Palisades Medical Clinic in Edmonton and an Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, at the University of Alberta. She was nominated for recognition by the AMA’s Shine A Light program by fellow family physician Dr. Dinesh Witharana.

Dr. Setorme Tsikata

Dr. Setorme Tsikata, Edmonton family physician, was nominated for Shine A Light recognition by a patient who describes her as a dedicated physician, who, even when far away from the office, attends diligently to her patients.

Dr. Sayeh Zielke

“The heart is such a cool organ!” Meet the physician who said that: Dr. Sayeh Zielke, a Lethbridge cardiologist. When she isn’t helping her many cardiac patients in southern Alberta, Dr. Zielke is dedicated to bringing cardiac catheterization services to Lethbridge. She is equally committed to educating people about non-medical ways to prevent lifestyle-related cardiac issues, and has written a book: “One Heart, Five Habits.”

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