Dr Serge Melanson
Dr. Serge Melanson is an emergency physician at The Moncton Hospital. He has been practising medicine in New Brunswick for 15 years.
Dr. Melanson received his bachelor’s in science with a major in biology and minor in biochemistry, at the Université de Moncton. He then graduated with distinction from medicine at Dalhousie University in 2000. With a keen interest in emergency medicine, he successfully completed a family / emergency medicine residency (CCFP/EM) in Ottawa before returning to New Brunswick to put his skills and knowledge to work in his hometown.
“Caring for people when they need it most is incredibly rewarding,” says Dr. Melanson. “It was always my dream to pursue a career in medicine, and I feel fortunate to be able to do so in my home province and contribute to the health of my community.”
As incoming president of the New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS), he is aiming to strengthen the society’s position as a leader in addressing health-care issues in the province such as emergency department wait times and specialty care. He wants to empower New Brunswickers to take ownership of their health through initiatives like the Top 3 in 10 campaign and Choosing Wisely
Dr. Melanson served as ER department chief at The Moncton Hospital before taking on a three-year term as chief of staff. He has contributed to a number of important health-care files including: local process development for medical assistance in dying; updating patient confidentiality/privacy breach policies; improving patient flow/ medical utilization within the hospital and promoting a new smoke-free hospital properties initiative. Dr. Melanson has also been active with provincial-wide initiatives such as: a working group seeking to modernize inter-facility ambulance transfers.
In 2015, Dr. Melanson accepted the role of district representative on the NBMS board. During this time, he assisted with the development of Family Medicine New Brunswick. Last year, he was elected president of the NBMS. As president elect, he has publicly advocated for important provincial medical issues including: appearing before a federal parliamentary committee regarding Bill C-45 (legalization of recreational cannabis), highlighting the need for ongoing physician recruitment, developing solutions to address lengthy emergency department wait times and focusing attention on the negative impacts of housing frail and elderly citizens in hospital while awaiting community placement.
“I take great pride in playing a leadership role in health care,” he says. “Our province faces many challenges, and physicians have an important role to play in addressing these issues.
Outside of medicine, he enjoys the coastal life in Shediac with his wife Margo Gautreau and enjoys swimming, cycling and skiing with their four children.