Administrative Service

Administrative Service Statement

During my tenure as Assistant Professor, I have obtained Excellence in Administrative Service through “Professional Innovation and Creative Excellence.”  Shortly after my appointment, I was asked to fill the role of Deputy Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at North York General (NYGH)– one of the largest departments of Family Medicine in Canada. My career trajectory changed in March 2006 when I was approached by senior leadership at NYGH to assume the role of Interim Family Physician-in-Chief and Medical Program Director (while the sitting chief was seconded to the Chief of Staff role).  This new leadership role required me to reduce my clinical work to 0.6FTE. During my tenure as Interim Chief, I founded Toronto’s largest, multi-site Academic Family Health Team. Today, the North York Family Health Team serves nearly 70,000 patients in 15 locations and is a central home for inter-professional teaching and practice-based research. In addition, I recruited many new academic family physicians to support the family medicine residency and medical school expansion.

Track-record as a creative, results-oriented and respected academic physician leader

A.    Family Physician-in-Chief and Medical Program Director (Interim), Department of Family and Community Medicine, North York General Hospital (DFCM NYGH) – 2006-2008

B.    Deputy Family Physician-in-Chief, Department of Family and Community Medicine, North York General Hospital (DFCM NYGH) – 2004-2006, 2008-2013

C.    Vice-chair, North York Academic Family Health Team Board of Directors – 2005-2011

D.    Primary Care Physician LHIN Lead, Central Local Health Integration Network – 2010-present

E.     Primary Care Diabetes and Chronic Disease LHIN Lead, Central Local Health Integration Network – 2010-present

F.     Co-Chair, The Physician’s Campaign, North York General Hospital Foundation

Administrative Activities

INTERNATIONAL

North American Primary Care Research Group

Sept 2013 – present     Clinical Advisory Committee, United States

PROVINCIAL / REGIONAL

Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)

2010 – present             Co-Chair – Primary Care Action Group

2010 – present             Member, Diabetes Regional Coordination Centre Steering Committee

2010 – 2012                 Chair, Primary Care Community of Practice

2010                             Member, Quality & Innovation Working Group

2007 – 2009                 Member, eHealth Committee

2006 – 2007                 Member, Information Management/Technology Committee

Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario

2007 – 2009           Member, Council of Research Directors, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Multilevel Education

Ontario College of Family Physicians

2007 – 2010         Member, Information Management/Technology Committee

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

2011 – present      Member, Regional Diabetes Coordination Centre Evaluation Committee Ontario Diabetes Strategy

2008                      Member, Working Group, Care Coordination and System Integration for Ontario’s Diabetes Strategy

LOCAL

North York Family Health Team

2007 – 2011          Vice Chair, Board of Directors

North York General Hospital

2009 – present      Co-Chair, Physician Campaign, NYGH Foundation

2005 – present      Member, Medical Advisory Committee

2005 – present      Chair, Research Ethics Board

2004 – present      Vice Chair, Academic Family Physicians of North York Practice Plan

2002 – present      Member, Executive Committee, DFCM, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Multilevel Education

2010 – 2011          Member, Research Strategy Implementation Group, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Multilevel Education

2007 – 2009          Co-Chair, Future Research Activity Strategic Working Group, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Faculty Development

2005 – 2008          Member, Information Management & Technology Committee

2004 – 2006          Member, Clinical Ethics Consultation Service

Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre

1998 – 2001          Member, Clinical Ethics Committee

Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)

2007 – 2009          Member, eHealth Committee

2006 – 2007          Member, Information Management/Technology Committee

University Health Network

1996 – 1997          Member, Hospital Ethics Committee, Toronto General Hospital

University of Toronto

1998 – present      Member, Joint Centre for Bioethics

2008 – 2011          Member, Task Force on Relations with Industry and the Private Sector, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Multilevel Education

2003 – 2005          Member, Undergraduate Clerkship Elective Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Undergraduate MD

2001 – 2006          Member, Board of Governors, Medical Alumni Association

2001 – 2003          Member, Undergraduate Medical Awards Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Undergraduate MD

2000 – 2003          Member, Disciplinary Affairs Board, Governing Council, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Multilevel Education

 

Evidence of National Innovation and Impact in Administrative Service

·       While Deputy Chief of Family and Community Medicine, I led the development of the first conforming practice plan at the University of Toronto that did not require pooling of clinical income.

·       As Interim Family Physician-in-Chief and Program Medical Director at North York General Hospital, I developed a model for the first endowed Chair in Family and Community Medicine at a community hospital, which was approved by the Dean of Medicine at the University of Toronto. An international search for this position is now underway.

·       Leadership in EMR adoption and implementation in an academic, distributed setting

·       In 2008, when I stepped down as acting Chief of Family Medicine, less than 10% of Canadian physicians were using an electronic record system in their clinical practices. I provided leadership and direction for physicians at NYGH who were considering the adoption of electronic information systems in their practices.

·       At NYGH, 47 additional physicians (almost all of the academic family physicians and ~30% of the hospital’s active Family Medicine physician staff) had adopted the use of electronic record systems by the time I ended my term.

·       National Impact: My leadership and guidance has helped to place NYGH Academic Family Physicians well ahead of their Canadian counterparts in improving the health of their patients and placed them at the forefront of teaching medical students and residents in EMR-equipped practices.

·       National Impact: This leadership in the early adoption of EMRs positioned our local department to be one of the first Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) sentinel sites. CPCSSN, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, is Canada’s first national, multi-disease electronic record surveillance system. Moreover, we are the pilot site for the Data Presentation Tool (funded by Canada Health Infoway). The DPT enables the production of quality reports according to physician, office location, and groups of physicians. This has allowed our clinicians to make patient care decisions based on population data.

·       Provincial Impact: All these activities formed the foundation for the province’s first Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN), UTOPIAN, housed at North York General.

 

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