“It’s good for my family and good for my practice – there are so many reasons why we love it here.”
Dr. Blair Williams is an otolaryngologist who has practiced in Cape Breton since 2017. Born and raised in rural Nova Scotia in Pictou County, he completed medical school, residency, and a fellowship in Head & Neck Oncology and Facial Plastic Surgery at Dalhousie University. He says establishing a practice in Nova Scotia was always part of the plan, “I never wanted to go far. I considered other provinces in the Maritimes, but I liked the system here and I knew it was a good fit for me and my family.”
Considering his training as a subspecialized head and neck cancer surgeon, Dr. Williams loves that he can see the value that he brings to a small community. “Typically, physicians like me follow their mentor and choose to work in large urban health centres, but mentorship exists in regional centres too.” Sydney not only allows physicians to have a broad scope of practice, but also allows them to expand past the pigeonhole of their subspecialty. Thanks to Cape Breton Cancer Centre and other visiting clinics in the area, his subspecialty is only part of his practice as an ear nose and throat doctor (ENT).
He is proud to belong to a medical community that is diligent in their work, kind to their community, and wants the best for their patient-group. As a specialist, he works closely with his colleagues as they cross-cover each other’s patients when needed and collaborate on cases to ensure high-quality health care.
During his free time, he, his wife, and children love to explore their surroundings. A self-proclaimed “tourist,” you can find them hiking the well-groomed trails in eastern Nova Scotia, taking day trips to beautiful Inverness, or driving no more than 30 minutes to one of the nearby beaches. Living in a suburb within Sydney – with only a five minute commute to work – he maintains a garden in their backyard, and often hosts or attends neighborhood barbecues with friends and family.
“Whether I’m at work or at home, I always feel a real sense of community here.”