North West LHIN Physician Leads




Dr. Eli Orrantia, North West LHIN Diabetes Lead

Dr. Orrantia has been a rural family physician in the town of Marathon since 1996. He provides comprehensive primary care as well as obstetrics, palliative care, hospitalist and emergency medicine.  He also conducts outreach clinics to the First Nation community of Pic Mobert.  He is the Lead Physician and Board Chair of the Marathon Family Health Team and has held numerous committee roles for the FHT, presently including Lead for Quality Improvement and Lead for Diabetes Care.

Dr. Orrantia also has a number of roles within the broader health care system.  He is an Investigating Coroner for the Northwest Region as well as being an Associate Professor with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.  He is involved in teaching all levels of medical learners and is active in rural health research.  Dr. Orrantia is the co-chair of the Superior North Greenstone Healthy Kids Community Challenge.  He is also a member of eHealth’s Clinical Advisory Council.

Jon Johnsen


Dr. Jon Johnsen, North West LHIN Clinical Quality Lead

Following a competitive process, it is our great pleasure to announce Dr. Jon Johnsen as the successful candidate in the role of North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Clinical Quality Lead.

In his new role, Dr. Johnsen will have the opportunity to influence positive change that results in improved patient outcomes, experience of care and value for money. The ultimate goal will be to align the quality agenda while engaging North West LHIN communities to build on and help accelerate existing efforts to promote a culture of quality.

Dr. Johnsen will have a dual reporting relationship to the Chief, Clinical Quality at Health Quality Ontario (HQO), and the Chief Executive Officer of the North West LHIN. Through the establishment of Regional Quality Tables, HQO and the LHINs are collaborating to advance clinical quality in a coordinated and impactful way across the province, supporting improvement in ways that are meaningful to patients. Dr. Johnsen will chair the North West LHIN Regional Quality Table.

Dr. Jon Johnsen is a family doctor in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He graduated from medical school at Dalhousie University, and did his family practice residency in Thunder Bay through the Northern Ontario Medical Program of McMaster University. His full scope family practice is with the Fort William Family Health Team. He holds the rank of Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. His past roles have included being a board member of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. He is also a past chair of the OMA Section on General and Family Practice. He has served as president of the Professional Staff Association of Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and the Thunder Bay Medical Society. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Johnsen on his appointment to this important role in the North West LHIN.


Mike Scott


Dr. Mike Scott, North West LHIN Critical Care Lead

Dr. Michael Scott is currently Director of Critical Care at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, a practicing intensivist and anesthesiologist and a member of the Ontario Critical Care Expert Advisory Panel. He was appointed Director of Critical Care at Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in 1998 and has developed and implemented the Intensivist-Directed Critical Care Service at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Scott was previous Chief of Anesthesiology from 1996-1998 at Thunder Bay Regional Hospital, and continues to be an investigating Coroner since 2001 for Thunder Bay Region.

Andrew Affleck


Dr. Andrew Affleck, CCFP(EM), North West LHIN Emergency Department Lead

Dr Affleck is an Emergency Physician practicing at TBRHSC with 25 years of experience. He sat on the OMA Emergency Medicine section for 21 years and is a past chair. He is a past president of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) and the International Federation of Emergency Medicine (IFEM). He was the Director of Emergency and Trauma Services at TBRHSC for over 12 years. Currently Dr. Affleck is the Region 7 Base Hospital Medical Director and is the Medical Director of the Trauma Program at TBRHSC. He recently sat on the Provincial ED Task Force that was struck to identify ongoing challenges in the delivery of emergency services. His main area of interest has been Emergency Department wait times and overcrowding. In 2009 he was the co-recipient of the CMA’s Sir Charles Tupper award for political advocacy for his work in this area.