Dr. Kris Saunders has been named the president of the Medical Society of P.E.I.
Saunders has served on the society’s board of directors since 2012.
“P.E.I. is my home. I love living, raising my family and (working) here,’’ Saunders said. “By serving as president, it provides me with another opportunity to give back to my community and play a role in improving how care is delivered on the Island for my fellow physicians, patients and all Islanders.’’
Saunders acknowledges his role comes with big responsibilities.
“As president, I take the responsibility to support my colleagues and strengthen our profession seriously. We know a healthy, resilient and vibrant group of physicians improves our ability to provide high-quality patient care.’’
Saunders said there is also a role to play to advocate for patients and bring forward system change. That’s achieved through building strong partnerships with government and Health P.E.I.
Over the next year, the society, under Saunders’ leadership, will focus on strengthening partnerships, creating health and wellness programs for physicians and helping physicians grow their leadership capabilities so they more effectively lead change on behalf of their patients.
Saunders is a family physician, completing his degree from Dalhousie Medical School in 2005 and his family medicine residency at Queen’s University in 2007. Following his education, he returned home to practise medicine on P.E.I.
He established his family practice in Charlottetown where his now-retired father used to practice. Saunders has also provided care across the Island, including working as a part-time emergency department physician at the Prince County Hospital until 2014.
In 2017, he became the medical director at the Provincial Rehabilitation Unit.
Saunders lives in Charlottetown with his wife and their two children.
Saunders will serve a one-year term as president followed by a one-year term as the society’s board of directors’ chairman.