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Job postings: Physicians

Chief, Department of Psychiatry  (05202022RS)

Toronto, ON, CA Posted: 5/20/2022 8:18:41 AM

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, in Toronto, Canada, a fully affiliated academic Health Sciences facility of the University of Toronto, is inviting applications for its new Chief, Department of Psychiatry. The successful candidate will lead a dynamic medical team and will collaborate effectively with the leaders of the interdisciplinary staff within mental health services and beyond. If this challenge appeals to you, we want to hear from you. The anticipated start date is October 1, 2022, or as mutually agreed upon.

Sunnybrook has an ambitious vision to Invent the Future of Health Care. Sunnybrook Strategic Plan 2021-25 emphasizes the essential role that Sunnybrook plays, not only through its tertiary regional and provincial programs, but also supporting the community needs of the North Toronto Ontario Health Team. Our strategic plan identifies four strategic directions that include personalized and precise treatments; integrated and sustainable models of care across the health system; improving quality and creating a better care experience; and building high performing teams. The Department of Psychiatry is viewed as central and integral to advancing all of these strategic directions. To learn more about our strategic plan, please visit: https://sunnybrook.ca/content/?page=strategic-plan-2021-25&rr=strategicplan

The successful candidate will be a transformational leader with outstanding interpersonal skills. As Chief of the Department of Psychiatry, you will be responsible for providing leadership to 50 dedicated and talented full time faculty members. The Department is organized in three Divisions (Youth, Adult and Geriatric) that provides comprehensive mental health care across the lifespan. The Department of Psychiatry is an integral member of the Garry Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program – an innovative organizational structure that facilitates collaboration among multiple cognate disciplines addressing disorders of the brain and mind. The complete integration of psychiatry into the mainstream of the academic health sciences centre offers unique opportunities in clinical care, education and research. With regards to the hospital as a whole, the Department of Psychiatry plays a critical role in providing clinical care for all of Sunnybrook’s interdisciplinary programs.

As a premier academic health sciences centre, Sunnybrook is committed to high quality inter-professional education. It provides unique educational experiences for more than 4,000 trainees each year and is the home of one of the University’s four Academies for undergraduate medical education in addition to providing superb postgraduate and fellowship training in virtually all disciplines.

Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) is one of the fastest growing Canadian research enterprises with internationally acclaimed programs in basic and applied research, conducting $100 million in research each year, developing innovations in care for more than one million patients annually, and passionate about providing rewarding research experiences for trainees. For more information about SRI, please visit www.sunnybrook.ca/research

Candidates must hold an MD and have certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Psychiatry (or equivalent qualifications), and be eligible to hold a clinical full time academic appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. The successful candidate will have the vision to advance integration with Sunnybrook strategic priorities as well as with the broader community; the commitment to forging partnerships with other institutions, community agencies and our North Toronto OHT to support the development of integrated delivery systems; experience working in diverse populations; values inclusiveness, equity and diversity, and in nurturing an ethos of culturally-sensitive care; strong leadership capabilities, significant experience as an effective and generous mentor to trainees and faculty at all stages of their careers; a record of peer-reviewed research; leadership in undergraduate, postgraduate, fellowship, continuing medical education or patient education; and/or leadership in model service delivery as a creative professional academic activity.

To apply:

Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2022, however the position will remain open until filled or recruitment is closed. Review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates must submit (1) letter of interest, (2) statement on contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) [300-words maximum], (3) up-to-date curriculum vitae and (4) names and contact information of three referees. Examples of contributions to EDI include faculty and/or leadership development initiatives; development of inclusive pedagogies; research, scholarship and/or teaching with a focus on underrepresented and historically marginalized communities; public engagement activities that reach out to marginalized communities; mentoring of students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups.

Application package should be submitted to:

Ms. Donna Duncan, Chair, Search Committee, c/o Ms. Rajni Sandhu, Office of Medical Professional Practice, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Room DG29, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 3M5 Canada. Email: rajni.sandhu@sunnybrook.ca

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Toronto are strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Accessibility Statement

Sunnybrook and the University strive to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

Sunnybrook and the University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca


Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is strongly committed to inclusion and diversity within its community and welcomes all applicants including but not limited to: visible minorities, all religions and ethnicities, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and all others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


Please be advised that in order to be eligible for employment at Sunnybrook, all new hires must have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada (e.g., two doses of a two-dose vaccine series, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine series); AND have received the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago. Medical exemptions or any other kind of requested exemption based upon the Hospital’s obligations pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code will be considered on a case-by-case basis.