Local physician one of Canada’s most powerful women

Published on Tuesday, 01 November 2022 07:59

Dedication to her patients, colleagues and community has earned a local physician a prestigious award from the Women’s Executive Network (WXN).

Dr. Bittoo Malik, a medical doctor specializing in diagnostic radiology at Dauphin Regional Health Center, was recently named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, an annual awards program which recognizes women across Canada who create meaningful change in the way they lead within their organizations and communities.

“I am honoured to be selected for this prestigious award and am humbled to join a legacy of Canadian women recognized for their outstanding contributions and achievements,” Malik said, reflecting on her selection.

Led by Dr Arturo Tamayo, a stroke neurologist at Brandon Regional Health Centre, and supported by physicians throughout the region, Dr. Malik’s nomination centred on her dedication to advancing medical imaging in Prairie Mountain Health, in particular, acute stroke imaging and assessment.

Dr. Malik is described by her colleagues as a powerful presence and determined force, demonstrating innovative leadership and transformative approach. A forward thinker, she has helped shape the evolution of trauma and stroke imaging and assessment. She is recognized for her inclusive perspective and unwavering commitment to inter-professional mentorship and collaboration in patient care.

“Achieving best possible patient outcome in stroke presentation requires a rapid co-ordinated effort by a team of health care providers, from first responders to triage and clinical assessment in the emergency department via telestroke, to emergent CT scanning, and review and diagnosis by the radiologist, thereby guiding treatment of lifesaving medication or transfer to Winnipeg for further interventional treatment,” Dr. Malik said, adding when she began working in the region in 2008, there was no real stroke imaging program.

“Because we’re in a rural area, it’s difficult for our patients to get very fast treatment. So I’ve, I guess, advanced that to the point where our patients are getting successful treatment because we’re imaging them within minutes of their arrival in the hospital. I’m looking at their imaging and providing a diagnosis so that they can have the treatment that they require, be it a clot busting treatment here in our ER or they are life flighted out to Winnipeg to have clot retrieval by one of our interventionalists in the city. And all of these things are incredibly time sensitive, so that’s one of the things we’ve accomplished quite well. Often it takes a team of people right from our triaging system to our EMS people bringing our patients in to our ER docs, our radiologists, our neurologists, all of us are working together for this.”

The Top 100 Most Powerful Women awards span the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, with the winners selected by WXN’s Diversity Council of Canada. The awards are presented in 12 categories. Dr. Malik received her award in the “Professionals” category.

Raised in Gilbert Plains, Dr. Malik obtained a Bachelor of Science degree and Doctor of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. She then completed a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto and a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Malik serves as a board member for Doctors Manitoba and when not working at the hospital, she can be found nurturing a garden, or practicing a new-found interest of yoga flow and tai chi qigong. An outdoor enthusiast, kayaking and skiing are among her favourites. She enjoys classical and jazz music, and architecture and design.

She is one of two diagnostic radiologists at Dauphin Regional Health Centre, the other being her brother, Dr. Neesh Malik, who has a special interest in oncology imaging, and vascular and interventional radiology.

WXN will celebrate each 2022 winner in person at its 20th annual Top 100 Awards Gala, hosted at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Nov. 17.

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