Congratulations to Dr. Kelsey Louie and a welcome to Dr. Nolan Hop Wo
Dr. Nel Wieman, Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO), has announced two changes to the FNHA's Office of the Chief Medical Officer's (OCMO) physician team: Dr. Kelsey Louie has accepted the position of Acting Deputy CMO, and Dr. Nolan Hop Wo has joined the OCMO as Medical Officer, Mental Health & Wellness.
Dr. Kelsey Louie is Coast Salish from the Tla'amin First Nation. He served as Medical Officer and Senior Medical Officer in the OCMO from 2017-2023, and has now agreed to take on the role of Acting Deputy CMO. A graduate of the University of British Columbia's (UBC) Indigenous Family Practice residency program, Dr. Louie also works as a primary care provider in Victoria, British Columbia (BC), providing both hospital-based care and virtual health services with the First Nations Virtual Doctor of the Day program. He continues to promote and support FNHA's health and wellness vision by integrating cultural safety and humility into both his clinical and non-clinical work, and aims to continue being active as a wellness champion.
Dr. Nolan Hop Wo is Métis and a member of the Métis Nation of Greater Victoria. Dr. Hop Wo completed medical training at UBC's Island Medical Program in Victoria, BC, and psychiatry specialty training at Western University in London, Ontario. Prior to this, he completed a Bachelor of Nursing Degree at the University of Calgary. He has five years' experience working as a consultant psychiatrist in Alberta at a tertiary referral centre in an area with an over-represented Indigenous patient population.. From 2014-2017, he was Resident Director with the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada; from 2020-2021, a physician member of the Alberta Medical Association Indigenous Health Committee; and from 2017-2022, President of the Medical Staff Association of The Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury. Since 2019, he has been a physician member of the Indigenous Health in Specialty Post Graduate Medical Education Accreditation Expert Working Group with the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada.