I’m looking forward to starting my role as the new President and CEO of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Sunnybrook has been a big part of my healthcare career. I’m a Sunnybrooker through and through and have been involved with the hospital since I was a medical student back in the 1980’s.
This web page has been set up to give you an opportunity to learn a little more about me and my thoughts on the future of Sunnybrook.
Over the years, I’ve met literally thousands of staff members but it would be great to hear from you.
I am curious to learn more about where you work in the hospital and what your thoughts are on what you think the future holds for Sunnybrook. Click here to send me an email.
I spent my teen years working at The Flying Dutchman Hotel in Bowmanville. The lessons I learned there about customer service have stuck with me to this day.
I did my undergraduate studies and also studied Medicine at the University of Toronto. I was the Chief Resident in General Surgery at Sunnybrook and then I then went to New York City and pursued specialist training in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
In 1999, I came back to Toronto, and became Head of the Division of General Surgery at Sunnybrook and Chair of the Division of General Surgery at University of Toronto. I also began work with Cancer Care Ontario and, together with a great team, worked on quality improvement initiatives in colorectal cancer in Ontario.
From there, I became Program Chief for the Odette Cancer Centre and then took on my most recent role as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Executive at Sunnybrook. Along the way, I’ve been fortunate to have some truly inspirational mentors and colleagues and have been a part of some of the most dedicated and talented teams in health care. I look forward to building on this experience as the new President and CEO of Sunnybrook.
My life and family
A lifelong Leafs fan
A family trip
I grew up in Bowmanville, Ontario, and I am one of five brothers. My mother is a nurse and 4 of us ended up in healthcare professions. As you can imagine, it was a busy household. I grew up as a pretty typical Canadian kid- played hockey, went to school, and became a lifelong fan of the Maple Leafs.
I met my wife, Sharon, in the operating room at St. Michael’s Hospital in 1993, where she was also honing her surgical skills. We moved back from New York to Toronto in 1999 and live not far from Sunnybrook. We have a son and a daughter, who are now teens and are (too quickly!) approaching adulthood.
My passion for Sunnybrook
From the time I was a medical student and the first steps I took on the wards of this institution, I felt a strong connection to Sunnybrook. It was a collection of things that drew me to this hospital and kept me here.
Sunnybrook gave me the opportunity to work with incredibly talented teams. Everyone made you feel part of something bigger and you couldn't help but want to contribute to the team’s success.
Regardless of the role, it was clear to me that people at Sunnybrook had an unparalleled dedication to their work. People here had swagger. There was confidence without cockiness and there was pride without conceit. There was a sense of commitment that drew you in and motivated you to achieve great things in the service of our patients.
That sense of enthusiasm has remained with me throughout my time at Sunnybrook and it’s something that I will bring to my role as President and CEO. I want to inspire others to be their best and have that same sense of spirit I felt so many years ago, and still feel today.
We’re going to do great things together. Sunnybrook has a lofty vision: to invent the future of health care. I believe in this strongly. Our vision isn’t something we’ve simply put in a frame on a wall. We’re living it daily. I see it in every area of the hospital.
Under Barry McLellan’s leadership, we have taken great strides in achieving our vision and I see it as my job to continue this journey and do my best to accelerate it.
I plan to work to ensure even greater integration of our research and education teams with our frontline clinical care to make certain the distance from ‘idea’ to innovative practice is lessened. Our aim with this closer partnership is to improve quality as well as efficiency and patient experience.
Sunnybrook is going to look beyond its borders and benchmark itself internationally against the best programs in the world. Not only do we want to be the best in Canada, we want to be recognized globally for improving the delivery of care.
In the very near future, Sunnybrook will also continue to build a health care system locally to ensure our patients are accessing the care they need when they need it most. We will work to develop partnerships to move our patients in and out of our care and reduce the amount of time people spend ‘waiting’ for the right level of care.
I also recognize that we cannot achieve any of this without the commitment of our teams. We have incredibly engaged and motivated physicians and staff and we need to keep this momentum moving in the right direction.
You’re going to see quite a bit of me. I believe in being visible and connecting with people to listen to their ideas. I like to talk with people and hear what they have to say but I also have a strong bias for action.
I expect to work hard as your new President and CEO and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves with you and defining what comes next for Sunnybrook!