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LHIN Leads - updated July 28, 2014

Dr. Gary Mann

Dr. Gary M. MannEmergency Medicine Physician Lead, Central East LHIN

Dr. Gary Mann is the Program Chief in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Rouge Valley Health System’s  Ajax and Pickering Campus where he has been a full-ime Emergency Medicine physician for nearly 30 years.

Dr. Mann came to work at the then Ajax and Pickering General Hospital in the fall of 1982, shortly after a residency program in General Surgery at the University of Toronto Affiliated Hospitals.  From the very beginning of his tenure in Ajax, Dr. Mann has championed Pre-hospital Emergency Care, teaching Emergency Ambulance Attendants who were the precursors to the high level paramedics we enjoy today.

To that end, Dr. Mann, established a new model of Pre-hospital care known as the Emergency Medical Response Unit. This entity made an Emergency Physician available to the Ambulance Attendants in the field for major incidents such as mass-casualty events, industrial accidents and even home births.

Prior to the advent of LHINs, Dr. Mann served on the Durham District Health Council and chaired two of its committees.  He has also been involved in Clinical Research and has served on the Rouge Valley Health System's Ethics Board.  Medical Students, nurses, paramedics and Interns and Residents have all benefited from teaching experiences that Dr. Mann has provided over the years.

In his capacity as Central East LHIN E.D. Physician lead, Dr. Mann chairs the Central East LHIN Emergency Department Chiefs Group.  He is also a member of the Provincial Emergency Physician LHIN Leads, chaired by Dr. Howard Ovens, and a member of the G.T.A. Emergency Department Chiefs Group.

Dr. Mann was raised in North York. He attended the University of Louisville where he graduated with a combined degree in Science-Medicine and graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1979, after which he returned to Toronto for Post-graduate training in General Surgery.  Since then, Dr. Mann has proudly provided Emergency Medical care to the communities of West Durham Region. Dr. Mann continues to teach Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, and Emergency Dept. Echo (EDE), the use of Point of Care Ultrasound.

Dr Joe Ricci

Dr. Joe Ricci, Vascular Health Lead, Central East LHIN

Dr. Ricci is a graduate of the University of Toronto who completed post graduate specialty training in Cardiology at the University of Toronto. He joined the Rouge Valley Health System in 1986. As the Director of the Regional Cardiac Care Program at RVHS he has led the expansion of cardiac care at RVHS and improvements in care for our community and at Corcare.

Dr. Ricci has special certifications in advanced cardiac imaging and a professional focus on prevention of cardiac disease progression. He is a member of provincial and regional committees including the CCN (Cardiac Care Network of Ontario), Central East LHIN, Cardiac Steering Committee, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Network of Ontario, and is a past member of the CCN Cardiac Rehabilitation Expert Panel and Ontario Cardiac Rehabilitation Pilot Steering Committee.

He was honored to receive the RCPs Excellence in Quality of Care Award and The Canadian Cardiovascular Society Segall Award. His multiple personal interests include Cycling, Downhill Skiing (CSIA instructor), Woodworking and Jazz Music.

“Our best opportunity to achieve long term cardiac health is to work together with our patients, their family and physicians to ensure an accurate diagnosis followed by continuous excellent care focused on prevention”.

  Randy Wax 

Dr. Randy S. Wax, Critical Care Lead, Central East LHIN

Dr. Wax received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Toronto in 1994. He completed training in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1998, and subspecialty training in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. He has completed additional graduate training in Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto, awarded a Master of Education degree in 2005.

Dr. Wax is currently the Medical Director and Section Chief for Critical Care and Resuscitation Services at Lakeridge Health Corporation in Durham Region. He also serves as the Medical Director for Education and Simulation at the Lakeridge Health Education and Research Network (LHEARN). Dr. Wax is the Medical Consultant for the Ornge Academy of Transport Medicine and is active clinically as a Transport Medicine Physician for Ornge supporting air and ground transport of critically ill patients throughout the Province of Ontario.

Dr. Wax has an international reputation in Critical Care, and has held leadership roles with national and international organizations. He recently served as the Chair of the H1N1 Task Force, Chair of the Fundamental Disaster Management Course Committee, and Co-Chair of the Rapid Response System Task Force for the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He was a founding member of the Canadian Resuscitation Institute. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, has lectured extensively at international meetings ,and has published many articles and book chapters in the fields of Critical Care Medicine, Medical and Interprofessional Education, Patient Simulation, Disaster Preparedness and Management, and Patient Safety.