Dr. Chris Simpson has been appointed as Ontario Health's Executive Vice-President, Medical, effective February 1, 2021.
Reporting directly to Matthew Anderson, President and CEO, Ontario Health, Dr. Simpson will provide medical leadership and clinical expertise to Ontario Health’s Clinical Institutes and Quality Programs Portfolio, and more broadly across Ontario Health. In this role he will help define, develop and evaluate programs and models of care consistent with Ontario Health’s mandate and priorities. He will have an important role advising the CEO on current and emerging health system and medical matters and will co-lead Ontario Health’s Clinical Advisory Committee.
In conjunction with this appointment, Dr. Simpson will step down from his roles as Vice-Dean, (Clinical), School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO). Dr. Simpson will remain a part of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) community as a faculty member in the Department of Medicine, and cardiologist at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC).
“I am thrilled to move into this role with Ontario Health as the organization is taking shape; it’s an incredible opportunity,” says Dr. Simpson. “But it was an incredibly hard decision to leave my post with the Faculty of Health Sciences, working alongside Dean Philpott. She is an outstanding leader and I know that the faculty will achieve great things under her leadership.”
Dr. Stephen Vanner, who currently serves as Director of Clinical Research KHSC and FHS, will step into the roles of Interim Vice-Dean (Clinical), School of Medicine and Interim Medical Director, SEAMO as of February 1, 2021. A formal search process for an appointment to these roles will be undertaken in the spring.
Please join the dean in congratulating Dr. Simpson on his appointment as Ontario Health's Executive Vice-President, Medical. “While Chris will leave big shoes to fill at FHS, this is a well-deserved honour that positions him as a key player in the healthcare system. I am extremely proud to see him take on this provincial leadership role,” says Dr. Jane Philpott, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences. “I wish him all the best in this new position with Ontario Health.”