Roy Kirkpatrick

Dr. Howard Roy Kirkpatrick is a Canadian general surgeon based in Muskoka, Ontario. He is relevant in the COVID-19 pandemic due to his position with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

His CPSO registration number is 50976. He received the 2018 Ontario Medical Association (OMA) Section Service Award for General Surgery, having been nominated by the OMA Section on General Surgery and the Ontario Association of General Surgeons (OAGS).1) He was also awarded the rural specialist merit award by the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada.2)

Kirkpatrick's front facing email is


Kirkpatrick graduated from Queen's University in 1977.4)


Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Kirkpatrick sits on the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and on the Specialty Education Committee and Regional Advisory Council. He is an advocate for Competence by Design, an educational framework for continuous improvement of medical residents.5)

Canadian Red Cross

He is known for his contributions to health care outside of Muskoka as a volunteer aid worker with the Canadian Red Cross Emergency Response Team, which took him to Haiti in 2010.6)

Cuso International

Kirkpatrick moved to Muskoka after a two-year stint in Papua New Guinea, where he and his wife volunteered with Cuso International.7)

Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare

Kirkpatrick is on staff at Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare, practicing medicine at the South Muskoka Memorial Site and Huntsville District Memorial Hospital.

MAH is funded by BDO, Bell, BMO Financial Group, Canadian Cancer Society, CIBC, CMA Foundation, IBM, Kodak, McDonald's, Petro Canada, RBC (Royal Bank of Canada), Sanofi, Scotiabank, Shoppers Drug Mart, TD Bank Group, the Toronto Foundation, Toyota, United Way, and Walmart.8) 9)

Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders)

He has been affiliated with Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders, and completed a trip to Pakistan in the spring of 2015.10)

Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Kirkpatrick is a general surgeon and Chair of the Division of Surgery at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.11)

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

In November 2020, Kirkpatrick was announced as the new academic representative from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) on the Council for the CPSO.12) He replaced Dr. Robert Smith.13) He previously served as an Independent Assessor. He also serves as an Adjudicator on the Ontario Physicians and Surgeons Discipline Tribunal.14)

Canadian Resident Matching Service

He also assists the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) in reviewing General Surgery applications.

North Bay Physicians Local Education Group Association

Kirkpatrick is a Local Education Group lead for Huntsville, as part of the North Bay Physicians Local Education Group Association (NBPLEGA).15)


Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Kirkpatrick claimed that SARS-CoV-2 is most easily transmitted in the early days of infection when patients are asymptomatic. He also stated that fit-tested N95 masks were the only mask that would protect the wearer, whereas surgical and cloth masks would only stop droplets from leaving the face area.16)

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Dear Clinical Sciences Faculty Member. (2021). Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
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