Lakeridge Health has a new Chief of Staff with the announcement that Dr. Randy Wax will take over from Dr. Tony Stone, who will remain with the hospital.
Wax, who takes over December 1, joined Lakeridge Health in 2010 as Section Chief of Critical Care, helping to evolve the service into an expanded regional academic critical care site in Oshawa, and led the formation of a multi-site department at the Ajax Pickering and Bowmanville Hospitals. Most recently, he served as the Medical Director of Academic Affairs, as well as President of the Medical Staff Association.
Wax is also the Central East Sub-Region Lead for Critical Care in conjunction with Ontario Health. In addition, he has worked as a Transport Medicine Physician with Ornge, Ontario’s air ambulance and critical care transport service.
Within academia, Wax is an Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Care Medicine and the Regional Director of Clinical Education with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University. He also serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and has held a faculty role at Ontario Tech University.
As well, Wax is an active researcher and has lectured extensively. He has published numerous papers and book chapters on medical education, health-care simulation, cardiac arrest, septic shock, disaster management, and end-of-life care. One of his papers on COVID-19 patient care has been downloaded more than 100,000 times around the globe and cited in more than 1,000 research papers.
Wax has received specialty certifications in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Emergency Medical Services. He has also been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine and has received numerous awards from the Society of Critical Care Medicine for his leadership in education, clinical care, and international disaster management. As well, he was selected by the Canadian Association for Medical Education to receive the 2018 Certificate of Merit Award for his commitment to medical education.
“Dr. Wax is a highly accomplished and respected physician in our Durham Region communities and beyond, as well as a recognized regional and provincial leader in critical care and medical education and we are ecstatic that he will be joining us in this new capacity,” said Cordelia Clarke Julien, Chair, Board of Trustees.
Cordelia also thanked Stone for serving as Chief of Staff over the last 10 years. “Lakeridge Health has greatly benefited from Dr. Stone’s leadership, his active role in the community, and the respect and relationships that he has earned and developed across Durham Region. His steadfast commitment to people, both internal and external to Lakeridge Health, is immeasurable and his impact will be felt for generations to come.”