Dr. Marcia Anderson DeCoteau
Strong Principled Leadership


To become the Canadian Medical Association President Elect Nominee

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I am honoured that you are taking the time to read this and to thoughtfully consider supporting me as President Elect of the Canadian Medical Association. Currently, I have roles that spread across the health care system: as a public health physician in Winnipeg focusing on health equity and Indigenous health; as the Head of the Section of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Health at the University of Manitoba providing leadership in medical education, research, and clinical services in Indigenous communities; and, as a general internist in the Adult Medical Clinic at the Grace Hospital. In this patient care role I often act as a bridge between primary care and tertiary cardiac services. I see this mix of roles as tremendously helpful in assessing the increasing complexity of health and health care, and in building relationships across sectors and systems.

On my journey here I have had many experiences that enable me to understand the challenges faced by our patients and to advocate in our shared desire to place patients at the centre of our systems. As a Cree-Saulteaux woman I faced more than the typical share of challenges. When I was a resident, my Dad had a massive MI but his medical management was delayed because of a mistaken assumption that he was intoxicated, until I intervened. That experience had profound impacts on my life and my career journey. Receiving the highest quality health care should not depend on having a physician in the family who can advocate for you, it should be the reasonable expectation of any person seeking health care. This is my motivation for the training that I have pursued and the leadership positions I have assumed. My whole career is strongly aligned with the mission, vision and values of the CMA, and I would be honoured to serve as the President if elected.

Voting Packages will be mailed out on January 26, 2017, and if the priorities and values that are important to me are ones that matter to you, I would ask you to consider voting for me.


Much of my career focus has been on closing gaps in health for Indigenous people and for other populations impacted by social factors, like poverty, that result in the unequal opportunity to be healthy.
— Dr. Marcia Anderson