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Dr. Alyson Holland

Dr. Alyson Holland is a Pediatrician, practicing since 2017. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Dalhousie University in 2006, and a Masters in International Relations at the University of Cambridge in 2007. She obtained her MD from Dalhousie University in 2011, and completed her residency in Pediatrics with a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine in 2017. Her primary practice is in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the IWK Health Centre. She also has Community Pediatrics practices at the North and East Preston Community Health Centres, and the Newcomer Clinic in Halifax.

Dr. Holland’s clinical and advocacy interests focus on vulnerable and marginalized populations, including children who arrive in Canada as refugees, children in foster care, and children experiencing complex trauma, including maltreatment. The intersection of comprehensive care and acute, emergency care for these priority populations is a specific focus for Dr. Holland.

Dr. Holland has been involved in medication education, including teaching clinical skills to undergraduate medical students at Dalhousie University, and serving on the Residency Progress Committee for the Pediatric Emergency Fellowship program. She was the grateful recipient of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Teacher of the Year in 2018 for outstanding commitment to teaching Emergency Medicine Residents, and the Stacey Schwartz Award in 2018 and 2019 for excellence in undergraduate pediatric emergency medical education. She teaches and presents provincially and nationally in her areas of expertise, including global health, pediatric refugee health, and child maltreatment.

Dr. Holland served on the Executive of the Canadian Pediatric Society Section on Global Child and Youth Health from 2014 until 2017, and the Doctors Nova Scotia Policy and Health Issues Committee from 2014 until 2018.

Dr. Holland is mom to a vibrant pre-schooler and two dogs. She and her husband are imminently expecting another child. Together, they hike, camp, kayak, ski, and travel, experiencing as much of their home province of Nova Scotia, and the wider world, as they possibly can.

Dr. Holland was elected to council in 2019, and currently sits on the Investigation Committee.