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.  

April 2021 - When Nova Scotia Health wanted to add mobile public health units to its pandemic response, no one knew where to begin; but just 100 days later they were on the road to visit hotspots across the province.
Today Brendan sits down with Holly Gillis (Nova Scotia Health's Public Health Mobile Unit Manager) about the challenges of rolling out multiple mobile health units in the middle of a pandemic.


April 2021 - You would be hard pressed to find a more passionate advocate for organ and tissue donation than Dr. Stephen Beed (Medical Director of Nova Scotia Organ Donation Program for Nova Scotia Health). Today Stephen joins Brendan to discuss life during the pandemic, his career in critical care and the impact of Nova Scotia's trailblazing organ and tissue donation legislation.

March 2021 - Not long ago, gynecologic oncology surgery involved procedures with large incisions, heavy blood loss and long recovery times. Now new advances in technology have changed everything. Today Brendan welcomes Dr. Stephanie Scott to discuss how her role with cutting edge robotics are a game changer for surgeons and patients in Nova Scotia.

March 2021 - "This was sort of shocking, you know, to say 'This is going to be open Thursday'"
The pandemic has forced Nova Scotia Health to stand up new services with remarkable speed, all while having to take social distancing and other new guidelines in to consideration.
Today Brendan welcomes Liam Shannon, industrial engineer, Quality and System Performance, to discuss his experience in helping Nova Scotia engineer their service delivery models under unprecedented circumstances.

February 2021 - The Nova Scotia Brotherhood is an innovative part of the Nova Scotia Health system that helps provide health services and advice tailored for African Nova Scotian men. Today Brendan welcomes Mario Rolle (Team Lead, Nova Scotia Brotherhood) to talk about the challenges and barriers to healthcare for black men in Nova Scotia and what we can do to change it.

February 2021 - How do you measure a great career? Is it the positive changes you helped to accomplish? The people whose lives you impacted in a positive way? Or the people who have impacted you? For Dr. Drew Bethune, recently retired medical lead of the provincial cancer program, it is all of the above and more. Today Drew sits down with Brendan to reflect on his incredible career and what he sees in the future for healthcare in Nova Scotia.

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January 2021 - Keeping healthcare workers safe, healthy and on the job has been an important focus throughout the pandemic. Today Brendan welcomes Angela Keenan (Provincial Director Occupational Health Safety & Wellness) and Shelly McNeil (Chief of Infectious Diseases, Central Zone) to talk about how they’re dealing with the challenges and opportunities working through the vaccine rollout for Nova Scotia Health staff and physicians.

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January 2021 - If you had asked the average person what an epidemiologist was a year ago, few would even hazard a guess. Today you probably know an 'armchair epidemiologist' who studies the numbers as a hobby. In the latest episode of "Check Up with Dr. Carr" Brendan welcomes real-life epidemiologist Angie Mullen to talk about her new-found love of bbq, the pressure that the pandemic has placed on her profession and why the vaccine might not be the cure-all the world is hoping for.

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December 2020 - On the heels of two new interventional radiology suites opening at the QEII in Halifax Brendan sits down with Vicki Sorhaindo (Manager of Interventional Radiology, Nova Scotia Health) to discuss how it will lead to less invasive procedures, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times for Nova Scotians.

December 2020 - If you are one of the many Nova Scotians trying to find a primary care provider, you know how important it is for us to attract and retain doctors. Today Brendan sits down with Katrina Philopoulos (Director of Physician Recruitment for Nova Scotia Health) to talk about how we find and keep doctors in Nova Scotia, puppies and why it's all Greek to her.

November 2020 - Nova Scotia has recently introduced a new type of health care provider to complement the work of physicians as part of a pilot program to evaluate the role and increase access to hip and knee joint replacement surgeries. Today Brendan welcomes Erin Sephton (Physician Assistant, Nova Scotia Health Authority) to talk about her journey from paramedic to the relatively new role of Physician Assistant.

November 2020 - “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.

November 2020 - 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.

November 2020 - 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.

November 2020 - 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.

October 2020 - 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.