But the process is going slower than expected, he said.
He explained to members of Health Sciences North's board of directors Oct. 8 that it's not uncommon among older doctors to have 3,000 or 4,000 patients.
That's not the case among younger doctors, who take on less patients partly because of the demands of working with various other health professionals, Bourdon said.
Among the 11 specialists which have been recruited to the city, there are anesthetists, gastroenterologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, general surgeons, one surgical pathologist, a molecular pathologist, a forensic pathologist, a dental oncologist, an occuplastics opthalmologist and a neuro-opthalmologist.
Bourdon said in the next three to five years, the hospital won't have any more resources to hire new specialists, aside from doctors focusing on general internal medicine, where there will still be capacity.
He said while it's a good problem to have, it's a shame in a way, as many of these specialists are from the north and were trained by the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.