Shortage of thoracic surgeons in Canada offers potential opportunities to new surgeons


New Brunswick, one of Canada’s eastern maritime provinces is struggling to maintain their thoracic surgery service line within the small province of an estimated 800, 000 inhabitants.  While a local hospital is interviewing candidates in Moncton, New Brunswick, there is currently only one thoracic surgeon for the entire province, after two other surgeons were forced to go on emergency medical leave.  While the current surgeon is a board certified thoracic surgeon, general surgeons have previously served in this position. In an article published in Canadian Broadcast News (CBC), administrators within the province reached out to potential applicants while attempting to reassure local citizens.

This comes after a local outcry over the lack of access to care for New Brunswick patients needing thoracic surgery.  Lead by a local nurse, the shortage of thoracic surgeons in the region has received extensive press. Even more so, when it was revealed that neighboring Nova Scotia will not be accepting patients from New Brunswick. (As we’ve written here before, Canada has been particularly hard hit by the thoracic surgeon shortage.

However, with this shortage, comes opportunity; for new thoracic surgeons, foreign medical graduates and other surgeons from outside the Maritime region.


To apply for the position at The Moncton Hospital:  click here.

Author: K Eckland

World of Thoracic Surgery is a blog about the work, research, and practices of thoracic surgeons around the world. It includes case studies, [sometimes] dry research, interviews with thoracic surgeons along with patient perspectives, and feedback.

2 thoughts on “Shortage of thoracic surgeons in Canada offers potential opportunities to new surgeons”

  1. Dear Madam/Sir,
    I am a specialist European board certified thoracic and lung Transplant surgeon working in Istanbul. My major interests are lung cancer (Vats), esophageal cancer surgery, pectus surgery, lung transplantation, and benign disease of the lung. I have achieved my surgical fellowship for lung transplantation in the Toronto Lung Transplant Program headed by Prof. Shaf Keshavjee.
    I am ready to work for Moncton. I would be very happy to have an interview for the position.

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