Dr. Nina Ahuja, BScHons, MD, FRCSC, CHE
Meet Dr. Nina Ahuja...
Dr. Ahuja was born in Timmins, Ontario and raised on the property of a gold mine in neighboring small town South Porcupine. When she graduated high school in 1991, she moved 'down south' where she completed her undergraduate degree at University of Waterloo. From there studies led her to McMaster University for medical school, and then University of Ottawa where she completed residency in ophthalmology. She began her surgical practice in Hamilton in 2003.
With a passion for teaching, Dr. Ahuja was a key contributor in establishing the Ophthalmology Residency Program at McMaster University, a program that began in 2005. Over the years she has won numerous awards for excellence in teaching, and for contributions to residency education including as past Program Director. She continues to be actively engaged as Academic Division Head for Ophthalmology, Department of Surgery, McMaster University, and is also an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
In addition to her roles in academia, Dr. Ahuja has held a number of leadership positions in hospital administration including President of the Medical Staff Association at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH), member of the SJHH Medical Advisory Committee and SJHH Joint Board of Governors. With her commitment to ongoing professional development, Dr. Ahuja has completed her Masters Certificate in Healthcare Management from Schulich School of Business, Certificate in Legal Aspects of Healthcare Administration from Dalhousie University, and has earned her Certified Health Executive designation through Canadian College of Health Leaders. She is presently pursuing her Excellence in Executive Leadership Certificate at Rotman School of Management, and is an EQ-i 2.0® Certified Practitioner.
Drawing from her experiences as a frontline healthcare provider, private practice owner, and physician leader in both academic and healthcare organizations, Dr. Ahuja founded Docs in Leadership to promote and deliver physician-developed leadership curriculum for all health professionals, with best practices relevant to the health system context. She is author of "Stress in Medicine: Lessons Learned Through My Years as a Surgeon, from Med School to Residency, and Beyond" (available on Amazon Dec 1, 2020) in support of wellness for physicians and fellow health professionals.
Dr. Ahuja is happily married and enjoys sketching, hiking, travelling, and spending time with her family.