President's Profile

Dr. Jeff Steeves, FRCSC

2020-2021 President of the New Brunswick Medical Society

Dr. Jeff Steeves is an ophthalmologist and President of the New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS) for 2020-2021.

Originally from Lunenburg, N.S., Dr. Steeves graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1988. After completing a family medicine residency in Saskatchewan and receiving his certification by the College of Family Practice (CCFP), he settled in Nanaimo, B.C. and built a full-time general practice including emergency room and obstetrics coverage.

In 2000, Dr. Steeves and his family returned to their Maritime roots. He practised family medicine in St. Andrews before returning to Dalhousie Medical School to complete a residency in ophthalmology. Since 2006, he has provided ophthalmology services to the Saint John area. He has served as section representative for ophthalmology and joined the NBMS board in 2015. Dr. Steeves assumed the role of treasurer in 2017 and was named president-elect in 2019.

“Physicians understand the challenges that patients face in receiving timely health care in New Brunswick,” he says. “As I have become more involved with the NBMS, I have seen the leadership role that physicians can play in influencing health system reform and advocating for the needs of patients.”

As president of the NBMS, Dr. Steeves intends to work with government on enhancing the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and on critical health-care issues including the challenges of specialist recruitment, access to primary care, emergency department capacity, and physician shortages in rural and northern New Brunswick. He believes virtual care is an important tool that should be expanded and wants to improve access to reproductive services and medical assistance in dying.

As assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick (DMNB), Dr. Steeves coordinates the teaching of ophthalmology to medical students at DMNB and has been a preceptor for numerous medical students and residents.

Dr. Steeves loves boating and sailing on the beautiful river system in New Brunswick. He also enjoys golfing and skiing. He is a licensed pilot and advanced open water scuba diver. He lives in Rothesay with his wife Francine. They have three children: Kathleen, Jonathan, and Alexander.

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