Check Up with Dr. Carr is a podcast hosted by Dr. Brendan Carr, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Health. Join Brendan for conversations with the people that shape health care in Nova Scotia and beyond.  



“Public Engagement” is a buzzword that gets thrown around a lot in recent years, but what does it really mean? Today Brendan sits down with Nova Scotia Health’s Director of Community Engagement and Community Health Board Support, Geoff Wilson to learn how we try to get our finger on the pulse of what Nova Scotians really want from their healthcare system.

2020 has been a year of grief and loss, especially here in Nova Scotia. Where do we begin to start the healing process? Today Brendan speaks to Serena Lewis (Bereavement, Grief, and Wellness Coordinator for Nova Scotia Health) about grief, mourning, and motorcycles.

Have you had an online appointment with a clinician yet? If you haven’t, you probably will soon. Today Brendan talks with Cathy Cruz (Manager of the Information Management & Technology (IM/IT) Virtual Care team)about how her team is innovating to keep pace with the sudden demand for virtual care and how she harnesses her background in fine arts to help guide Nova Scotia Health in to the online future of healthcare.

How do you keep the reigns steady when the ground is shifting under your horse’s feet?  Today Brendan talks with Shauna Thompson (Senior Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine for Nova Scotia Health) about the personal and professional challenges her team faced as they continued delivering services like blood collection and water testing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Medical microbiology was far from the spotlight only a few months ago but is now on the forefront of the battle against COVID-19.  Today Brendan talks with Todd Hatchette (Chief of Medical Microbiology for Nova Scotia Health, Central Zone) about leading his team through the unpredictable early days of the pandemic and how they’re preparing for the possibility of a second wave.