Our Clinical Lead Team

The South West LHIN is responsible for many different aspects of health care. We rely on the knowledge, advice and work of Clinical Leads to assist in the decision making required to maintain and advance the region’s health care priorities. Each Clinical Lead provides support to both the South West LHIN and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) in a particular facet of the health care system. The South West LHIN Clinical Leads act as leaders, resources and change champions within their particular area of focus within the health care system.

Dr. Paul Gill, Digital Health Lead
Dr. Gill is a family physician with the Maitland Valley Family Health Team in Goderich. In addition to working as a primary care provider, he is the Chief of Anesthesia at the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital, and Chair of Rural Pain Medicine at the Gateway Rural Health Institute. Prior to accepting the role of Huron Perth Clinical Lead, Dr. Gill was the South West LHIN Primary Care Co-Lead for two years, and currently teaches at the University of Toronto. Dr. Gill received his Doctor of Medicine from McMaster University in 2010, and completed his residency and Family Practice Anesthesiology Fellowship at the University of Toronto.
  Dr. Ian Ball, Critical Care Lead
Dr. Ball began specializing in critical care medicine in July 2005 as a fellow at the Critical Care Trauma Centre at Victoria Hospital. In 2007, Dr. Ball completed his residency at Western University. He later joined Queen’s University faculty in 2008 with appointments to Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Pharmacology and Toxicology. In 2014, he returned to his home in London to embark on his current career as a Clinician-Researcher in critical care medicine. Dr. Ball has a wealth of leadership experience including serving on the Trillium Gift of Life Network as a Regional Medical Lead for organ donation, with oversight for 17 Ontario Hospitals. He also chairs the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) Organ Donor Management Committee, and is Chair of Critical Care Western Research.


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Dr. Amit Shah, Emergency Department Lead
Dr. Shah has been practicing emergency medicine in Southwestern Ontario for the past twenty years. Currently, Dr. Shah is a staff emergency physician at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital (STEGH) and London Health Sciences Centre. He graduated from Western University as a Doctor of Medicine in 1994 and received an Emergency Medicine Fellowship in 1997 from the University of Ottawa. In 1997, he began his work as an emergency physician at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. Soon after in 1999, he started a five year term as Chief of Emergency Medicine at STEGH. Since 2001 he has served as the Emergency Department Alternative Funding Agreement Medical Director for STEGH. During his time working at STEGH, the hospital became a provincial leader in emergency department wait times. Dr. Shah not only brings a wealth of leadership experience in emergency medicine, he also has extensive experience in research, serving as an Associate Professor at Western University and an Associate Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute.                        




Dr. Louise Moist, Internal Medicine Physician Lead
Dr. Moist began her career as a pharmacist prior to completing her medical education at McMaster University. She completed her Internal Medicine and Nephrology certification, as well as a Masters in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University. Dr. Moist is active in clinical practice, education, and research, with over 120 peer reviewed academic papers and numerous research grants. She has received numerous prestigious awards and has played a significant provincial and national leadership role including: Medical Lead for Vascular Access in the Ontario Renal Network, President for the Canadian Organ Replacement Registry and Canadian Society of Nephrology, and Guideline Chair for Management of Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease and Timing of Dialysis Start.

Dr. Giuseppe Guaiana, Mental Health and Addictions Physician Lead
Dr. Giuseppe Guaiana graduated in Medicine from the University of Milan, Italy and began his residency in Psychiatry at Eastern Piedmont University in Novara, Italy, having completed his training in the United Kingdom he was Board Certified in 2002. He obtained a Master (MSc) in Affective Neuroscience in 2007, and Doctorate Degree (PhD) in 2012, both from Maastricht University (Netherlands). Dr. Guaiana has held several prestigious positions internationally, Assistant Professor (Clinical Lecturer) at University of Hull in the United Kingdom, Attending Physician in Psychiatry in Mendrisio, Switzerland. In 2005 he moved to Switzerland where he worked as Attending Physician in Psychiatry at a state psychiatric hospital in Mendrisio, Ticino Canton. His research and clinical interests are in Psychiatric Epidemiology, Psychosis, Mood and anxiety, Cognitive Therapy and Psychopharmacology. He currently teaches undergraduate students in psychology, and medical students/residents in psychiatry.

  Dr. Jitin Sondhi, Palliative Care Lead
Dr. Sondhi is a family physician in Ingersoll, Chief of the Emergency Department at Alexandria Hospital Ingersoll, and an Emergency Physician at Woodstock General Hospital. In addition to these roles, Dr. Sondhi has worked as a palliative care physician at Sakura House for over seven years, and has been an Adjunct Associate Professor at Western University since 2011. Dr. Sondhi received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto.