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Improving outcomes for patients with concussion – Dr. Tara Baldisera recognized for contributions

November 29, 2019


Greater Sudbury’s Dr. Tara Baldisera recognized for her contributions to family medicine
OCFP Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Amy Catania, right, presented Greater Sudbury’s Dr. Tara Baldisera, left, with the Award of Excellence at the 2019 OCFP Awards Ceremony in Toronto on November 28.

Dr. Tara Baldisera of Greater Sudbury has been named a 2019 recipient of the Award of Excellence, presented by the Ontario College of Family Physicians.

Through nominations by peers or the public, the awards recognize family doctors across Canada who have demonstrated an exceptional achievement within the past 24 months pertaining to the specialty of family medicine. Nominations are submitted and adjudicated through the provincial Chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

“Dr. Baldisera’s efforts in advancing interprofessional concussion management and research and her contributions in developing evidence-based resources for healthcare providers has led to an improved quality of care for patients with concussions in Greater Sudbury and the surrounding areas,” said Dr. Jennifer Young, President, Ontario College of Family Physicians. “A dedicated clinician, teacher and mentor, Dr. Baldisera has gained the respect of her patients, colleagues and students and it is a pleasure to recognize her achievements with this award.”

Dr. Baldisera exemplifies the vital role family physicians play across Ontario as clinicians, advocates, teachers, and researchers. She will receive her award at the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) Awards Ceremony on November 28, 2019 in Toronto. A list of all awardees is posted on the OCFP’s website.


Improving outcomes for patients with concussions through research and medical care

A family physician for over 10 years, Dr. Tara Baldisera wears many hats within the Greater Sudbury community. She balances comprehensive family practice, hospital privileges, an interprofessional concussion management program and associated research with multiple positions at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) – including as Assistant Dean of Clinical Education, Undergraduate Medical Education.

She and her team founded the Sudbury Sport and Exercise Medicine Concussion Program, the only one of its kind in the area, to serve patients with persistent symptoms. This interprofessional program includes chiropractor, Dr. Jairus Quesnele, and a nurse practitioner, Shannon Kenrick-Rochon, trained along with Dr. Baldisera in diagnosing and managing persistent concussion symptoms in a collaborative approach. They also connected with local and regional practitioners so the program could offer a full scope of services including optometry, psychology, physiotherapy and more.

At the provincial level, Dr. Baldisera is at the forefront of developing a tool for diagnosis and management of concussions for primary care clinicians as the clinical co-lead of an Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and Center for Effective Practice initiative. Actively involved in research to improve the diagnosis and management of concussions, she is the medical lead on three projects, supported by the Northern Ontario Academic Medicine Association looking at pediatric and interprofessional concussion management in Northern Ontario communities.

Dr. Baldisera has filled a gap that directly impacts the lives of those in our community. Her vision and passion along with a lot of hard work has brought to fruition a world-class program in Sudbury providing interprofessional concussion services.

Dr. Natalie Goodale, City of Lakes Family Health Team

About the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP)

The Ontario College of Family Physicians represents more than 13,500 family physicians across the province. We support our members by providing evidence-based education and professional development, promoting and recognizing leadership excellence in family medicine, and advocating for the vital role family physicians play in delivering the highest quality care to patients and families across Ontario.

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For more information and to schedule an interview:
Karen Archer/ Kendra Stephenson
Ontario College of Family Physicians
(416) 867-1910
KStephensonn@ocfp.on.ca

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