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Chief, Department of Anesthesia 

Posted: 11/20/2019 8:56:07 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 Anesthesia. The effective start date is May 1, 2020, or as mutually agreed upon.

Sunnybrook has an ambitious vision to Invent the Future of Health Care. As a Hospital leader, you will motivate and lead your teams to achieve this vision through the implementation of Sunnybrook’s Strategic Plan. To learn more about our strategic plan, please visit:
The successful candidate will be a transformational leader with outstanding interpersonal skills. The Department of Anesthesia has 45 full time active staff members, all with faculty appointments at the University of Toronto. The Department provides anesthesia care for approximately 15,000 operative procedures annually at the Bayview campus and the Holland Centre and for a significant volume of cases outside of the operating room including interventional radiology, neuro-endovascular procedures and specialized endoscopy. Major concentration exists in obstetrical anesthesia, trauma and cardiac surgery at Sunnybrook's Bayview Campus, and major joint replacement surgery at the Holland Centre. The Bayview campus is also the site for a number of specialized surgical programs including cancer, neurosurgery, minimally-invasive cardiac and burns, as well as multidisciplinary perioperative services such as an Acute Pain Service and an Acute Stroke Program. The department offers fellowship programs in regional and advanced practice anesthesia, medical simulation, Point-of-Care-Ultrasound, trauma, and obstetrical anesthesia.

As a premier Academic Health Sciences Centre, Sunnybrook is committed to high quality inter-professional education and is the home of one of the University’s four Academies for undergraduate medical education in addition to providing postgraduate and fellowship training in virtually all disciplines. To learn more, please visit

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 passionately provides rewarding educational and research experiences for more than 4,000 trainees each year. The Chief of the Department of Anesthesia, with the mandate to support research as part of the academic mission and the strategic priorities of the hospital, will promote and support high quality research. For more information about SRI, please visit

Applicants must hold an MD and have certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or equivalent qualification in Anesthesia, be eligible for licensure in Ontario and be eligible for a clinical full-time academic appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto. The Chief will be responsible for providing institutional leadership relating the Department of Anesthesia to the hospital strategic planning and, working with the Operations Director of the Department, for ensuring effective and efficient Department operations. 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 to support the development of integrated delivery systems; experience working in diverse populations; a commitment to inclusiveness, equity and diversity; strong leadership capabilities, including the ability to foster a culture of collaboration and respect; significant experience as an effective mentor to trainees and faculty at all stages of their career; a record of peer-reviewed research; leadership and excellence in undergraduate, postgraduate, fellowship, continuing medical education or patient education; and/or leadership in model service delivery as a creative professional academic activity.

Applications will be accepted until December 23, 2019, or until the position is filled. To explore this exciting opportunity further, interested applicants may direct enquiries and submit their CV and the names of three referees in confidence to the address shown below.

Ms. Helen Hayward, 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:

Sunnybrook Health Science Centre and the University of Toronto are strongly committed to diversity within their communities and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
For more information on the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto, please visit 

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.