The University Health Network announces that they have appointed Dr. Kevin Smith as the new president and CEO to spearhead the medical organization in Toronto.
He is currently the president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health System in Hamilton and CEO of Niagra Health System. He will be joining UHN on May 22, 2018.
“Everyone on UHN’s Board of Trustees is delighted that Dr. Smith will be joining UHN as its next President and CEO,” says Brian Porter, chair of the board of trustees, University Health Network. “He has a long and distinguished career in Ontario’s healthcare system and currently is responsible for an academic health organization which spans the continuum of care. Given the breadth of services at UHN and our ambitions to work more closely with partners in the community, I am very pleased that he has agreed to take the helm at UHN.”
Kevin is recognized for his outstanding contributions to the healthcare system provincially and nationally. He also sits as the Chair of the Board of Canada Foundation for Innovation, Chair of the Academic Hospitals in Ontario, a Member of the Premier’s Health Results Table and advisor to the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist and a Special Advisor to the Minister of Health and Long-term Care.
In the past he has served as Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association, Chair of the Board of Home Capital and has been a member of the boards of The Change Foundation, the United Way of Burlington and the Association of Canadian Academic Health Organizations.
He is a professor in the Department of Medicine, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University and holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sussex in England. He had taken many leadership courses including, at Harvard University, Wharton School of Business – CEO Leadership Program, and the Rotman School of Business’ Director’s Education Program.
“I am very honoured to be asked to lead UHN,” says Smith. “It is an internationally recognized hospital with outstanding achievements in care, research and education both here in Canada and around the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to build on UHN’s incredible success and look forward to the exciting work that lies ahead.”