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Dr. Rose Zacharias

Dr. Rose Zacharias, is the past president of the OMA and an emergency medicine physician whose advocacy work is focused on physician mental health and wellbeing.

Dr. Rose Zacharias is a family physician with a hospital-based practice. For the last 20 years, she has practiced as an emergency department physician, a hospitalist and surgical assistant, primarily at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. She currently provides medical coverage to psychiatry in-patients at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health in Penetanguishene. Dr. Zacharias was president of the OMA and has been a member of the Ontario Medical Association Board of Directors since 2020.

Dr. Zacharias’ advocacy work is focused on physician mental health and well-being and she is involved in physician wellness initiatives, from implementing a peer support program at the start of the pandemic to involvement in the Organizational Wellness Network at the OMA’s Physician Health Program. She is known as a conversation catalyst, bringing depth and curiosity to conversations, from her medical and wellbeing practice to the boardroom and beyond. As a graduate of Harvard University’s Media and Medicine Certificate Program, she enjoys writing and believes in the power of combining evidence and narrative to bring about positive change. Dr. Zacharias is married to a pediatrician and they have four children.

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Health-care system

Mental health/addictions

Practising medicine


Emergency medicine



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Dr. Rose Zacharias

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