4 new docs join CKHA team

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Dr. Khaldoun Sallam, Dr. Andrew Helt, Dr. Michael Okoye, and Dr. Mabruk Alafshuk.

The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) recently announced it has enticed four new physicians to practice here.

Dr. Khaldoun Sallam joins the pediatric department, Dr. Andrew Helt is on board as an associate in critical care and emergency department, and Dr. Mabruk Alafshuk and Dr. Michael Okoye join CKHA’s hospitalist team.

“We are delighted to welcome four new physicians to CKHA,” said Dr. Zeke Milkovic, acting chief of staff at CKHA, in a media release. “Their diverse backgrounds and extensive experience will further strengthen our ability to deliver high-quality health-care services to the residents of Chatham-Kent.”

Sallam joins CKHA as a pediatrician with specialized training in neonatal-perinatal medicine. With a Doctor of Medicine degree and board certification in pediatrics from Syria, he brings almost a decade of experience working as a pediatrician across multiple countries, including Syria, Qatar, and Dubai. His extensive training includes Fellowships in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine from the University of Calgary and McMaster University.

“CKHA has a renowned reputation for providing comprehensive and compassionate care to children in the community, as well as a collaborative teamwork and supportive work environment,” he said.

Helt is a Canadian-trained Fellow of both emergency medicine and critical care medicine with official Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) designation. Dr. Helt completed a Doctor of Medicine at Western University, followed by an Emergency Medicine Residency and a Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Queens’s University.

With more than two decades of internal medicine practice experience, Alafshuk has a strong background in providing comprehensive care to patients. Educated in Libya and further trained in cardiology in the United Kingdom, he is excited to continue his medical journey in Chatham-Kent.

“I chose Chatham as a second home because of its nature, good weather, and the welcoming people,” said Alafshuk.

Okoye brings his expertise in internal medicine to CKHA after completing his medical training in Nigeria and Ireland. A Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, Okoye is passionate about medical education and plans to open an internal medicine clinic in the community focusing on respirology and general internal medicine.

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