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Local general surgeon has retired

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After 19 years of medical practice in his hometown of Fort Frances, Barry Anderson, M.D., general surgeon, has retired.

After graduating from Fort Frances High School in 1969, Dr. Anderson continued his studies at the University of Manitoba, where he received his MD in 1975.

He became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in 1980, and of the American College of Surgeons in 1987.

Following a prestigious two-year fellowship in Surgical Oncology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Anderson joined the Department of Surgery at the University of Manitoba.

There he served as a surgical oncologist for the Manitoba Treatment and Research Foundation and the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg until 1998.

An active participant in the creation of the Northwestern Ontario Regional Surgical Network, Dr. Anderson became the first recruit of the RSN's program, joining Dr. J.A. Spencer as the second general surgeon at Riverside Health Care in January, 1999.

“It is wonderful that he returned to practice in his home town,” said Dr. Lorena Jenks, president of the Joint Medical Staff.

“It was great to have his expertise.”

During his tenure with Riverside Health Care, Dr. Anderson has performed more than 12,000 surgical procedures, and his leadership has been instrumental in the success and growth of the organization, having served on many committees and boards there.

Additionally, Dr. Anderson has held the academic rank of Associate Professor with the University of Manitoba, McMaster University, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), of which he was an active member on committees that led to NOSM's creation.

Throughout his career, he has been a committed teacher and sponsor of education.

Dr. Anderson acknowledged he will miss greatly this aspect of his practice.

“I have been considering this transition for some time; hopefully my health and luck will hold,” said Dr. Anderson.

He now is looking forward to spending more time on Buddhist studies, nature photography, woodworking, hockey, and all things railroad, expressing, “I have a great deal to share with my children and grandchildren.”

For Dr. Anderson, it has been a privilege to serve the entire Rainy River District. He extends his thanks to all the dedicated staff that made it possible to deliver competent and compassionate care, “regardless of circumstance, outcome, or time of the day.”

He feels he has been exceptionally lucky to have enjoyed two distinct and challenging surgical careers: a full-time academic surgical oncologist and a general surgeon in a rural-remote setting here in his home town.

He has enjoyed working with his colleagues and staff in both Fort Frances and Winnipeg.

“They will all be missed,” he noted.

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