Barrie Today article published May 29, 2017. Article in full pasted below.
Barrie Today Staff. Barrie Today
NEW TECUMSETH – Dr. Matt Myatt, chief of emergency medicine and Dr. Mohammad Keshoofy, general surgeon at Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH), have received the Dr. Alexander MacIntyre Award for Excellence and Dedication in the Community and Medical Field from the Alliston and Area Physician Recruitment Committee (AAPRC).
The award was created by the AAPRC in memory of Dr. MacIntyre, who was a family physician in the area for close to 35 years. Dr. MacIntyre was an active physician recruitment committee member and had a passion for mentoring medical students. The award recognizes the hard dedication and great work done by physicians in the community.
This year, the committee decided to share the award between these two well-respected SMH physicians. According to SMH CEO Jody Levac, “Both these doctors have played a vital role in improving quality and driving best practice at SMH. Matt and Mohammad embody a spirit of dedication and passion in patient care. The award is equally well-deserved by these two very dedicated local physicians.”
Dr. Myatt joined the SMH team in December of 2011 as a family and emergency medicine physician, becoming chief of emergency medicine in April 2015 where he continues to serve. He also provides full-time emergency services and is a member of the Alliston Family Health team. In addition to his physician duties, Dr. Myatt contributes to community medical wellbeing through teaching students, recruiting new physicians, and working towards quality improvement within both SMH and the Family Health Team.
After a distinguished medical career in Tehran, Iran, Dr. Keshoofy moved to Alliston in October 2006, where he joined SMH as a member of the Department of General Surgery. He served as a chief of surgery for three years, as well as served as a co-chair of the Quality and Patient Safety Committee, while maintaining a private office within the Alliston community. Dr. Keshoofy’s commitment to medical research and innovation shines through in programs such as being the co-founder of the Multidisciplinary Dermatology Centre, which Dr. Keshoofy opened in 2013. The centre, which provides dermatology services to the residents of Simcoe County, was a direct response to a considerable rise in local skin cancer incidents.
Both physicians acknowledged the legacy of Dr. MacIntyre, and thanked Dr. Trevor Hunt, former chief of staff at SMH, for helping them grow professionally and helping them adjust to practicing at the hospital.