Dr Chris Goodyear
Dr. Chris Goodyear is a general surgeon and intensivist at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton.
Originally from Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L., Dr. Goodyear graduated from the medical program at Memorial University in 1993 and completed his residency in general surgery in 1999.
He began practising medicine in his home province before physician friends convinced Dr. Goodyear and his wife, family physician Dr. Jillian Goodyear, to move to New Brunswick in 2002.
“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed practising medicine and building our family here in New Brunswick,” he says. “I find the patient population to be very pleasant and engaged in terms of their health care. And the work environment is very cordial. We’re a small city; physicians, nurses, and other health-care practitioners work closely together.”
Dr. Goodyear served on the Atlantic Canadian chapter of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and represented New Brunswick on the Canadian Association of General Surgeons board. He is a past-president of the Capital Region Medical Society and represented the New Brunswick Medical Society on a provincial committee studying surgical wait times in the province.
“I’ve always had strong feelings that physicians should be active in our own profession to try to make things better for our patients and for physicians,” he says. “I believe strongly that physicians should have a voice in how health-care policy decisions are made, not just for our own benefit, but to improve how health care is delivered to the population.”
Dr. Goodyear is a clinical assistant professor in surgery with Memorial University and has served as an assistant professor in surgery with Dalhousie University in Halifax.
He lives in Fredericton with Dr. Jillian Goodyear. They have three children: Alex, Benjamin, and Michael.