2013-2014 President of the New Brunswick Medical Society
Dr. Lynn Hansen, MD, FRCPC
As an anaesthesiologist, Dr. Lynn Hansen enjoys providing pain relief and helping patients through a stressful time.
“I certainly get more thanks than anywhere else in obstetrics, when you have the women in their severe labour pain and you can almost instantly take it away... They’re pretty happy,” said Dr. Hansen.
Her interest in medicine was first piqued while studying biology during her undergraduate degree at Mount Allison University. She went on to attend medical school at Dalhousie University, graduating in 1983.
After working as a solo general practitioner for two years, she realized she preferred more hands-on procedures. She completed a residency in anaesthesiology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, receiving specialist certification and fellowship with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1990. Since then, she has worked in the Department of Anaesthesia at Fredericton’s Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital.
“I originally thought I’d do a year of it, to give myself more confidence working the emergency room, but once I got in I enjoyed it and I just stayed there,” said Dr. Hansen. “I think it does take a certain amount of courage to practice anaesthesia... You have to trust yourself that you’re well-trained and that you can do it.”
Dr. Hansen currently holds appointments as Assistant Professor in the Discipline of Anaesthesia in the Faculties of Medicine at Dalhousie and Memorial Universities. She has been actively involved with the New Brunswick Medical Society since 1997, serving as secretary-treasurer for the Section of Anaesthesiology, district representative to the Board of Directors, and on both the Governance and Executive committees. She is also a past president of the Capital Region District Medical Society.
Dr. Hansen enjoys playing sports, having played recreational rugby, hockey, and soccer throughout university. She was recognized as Medicine’s “Female Athlete of the Year” three years in a row while attending Dalhousie University. She continues to stay active, playing touch rugby and hockey with local teams.
Dr. Hansen and her husband, Ron, live in Hanwell with their dog, Brud. They have one daughter, Christina.