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Dr. David Taylor appointed as Senior Advisor, Queen’s – Weeneebayko Area Health Authority Partnership

Dr. David Taylor appointed as Senior Advisor, Queen’s – Weeneebayko Area Health Authority Partnership

The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. David Taylor, as Senior Advisor, Queen’s University – Weeneebayko Health Authority (WAHA) Partnership. The appointment is effective July 1, 2021, for a one-year term.

WAHA is a regional, community-focused organization that provides quality health services that reflect the distinct needs of all people in the Weeneebayko region. This includes regional outpatient programs and Paramedicine Services in Moose Factory, Moosonee, Fort Albany, Kashechewan, Attawapiskat, and Peawanuck.

In this role, Dr. Taylor will contribute to the development of long-term, mutually beneficial working relationships with Indigenous communities and serve as a regional advocate for Health Education in Northern Ontario. Dr. Taylor will also work in partnership with WAHA to develop and implement a Health Professions educational site in Weeneebayko, overseeing the development of high-quality, holistic educational programming, including a decolonizing approach to education including Indigenous ways of knowing and Indigenous health curricula.

“We at the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority are committed to providing optimal care as close to home as possible,” says Lynne Innes, President and Chief Executive Officer, WAHA. “Our partnership with Queen’s continues to be an excellent way to uphold this commitment. I have no doubt that Dr. Taylor’s expertise of and dedication to medical education and Indigenous health will make him an excellent fit for this role.”

Dr. Taylor earned his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Queen’s University, before completing Medical School at Columbia University and an Internal Medicine residency at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Centre. Additionally, in 2016, Dr. Taylor earned his Master’s in Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Taylor joined the Department of Medicine at Queen’s University in 2011, where he currently serves as Associate Professor, Associate Head of Medicine, Academic, and Program Director of the Core Internal Medicine Residency Training Program. Dr. Taylor also serves as Attending Staff at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) where his clinical practice is focused on acute care general internal medicine.

“Dr. Taylor’s strategic thinking and vision are well recognized,” says Dr. Stephen Archer, Head, Department of Medicine. “During the COVID-19 pandemic his ability to support trainees, overcome adversity and both maintain and renew our large Core Internal Medicine Training Program speaks volumes about his capabilities as a leader. I am confident he will be successful in his exciting new role!”

Dr. Taylor has a prolific publication record and is currently involved in several ongoing research projects focused on resident assessment. He has received funding from organizations such as the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Due to his expertise, Dr. Taylor has been invited to present at several institutions within Canada and internationally.

Throughout his career as a Clinician and Educator, Dr. Taylor has been the recipient of several honours and awards. He is the recipient of the Residency Program Excellence Award from the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO), and was named the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital Physician of the Year. Since arriving at Queen’s, Dr. Taylor’s honours include the Department of Medicine’s Master Educator Award, Resident Clinical Teaching Award and Young Clinician Award. He is also a two-time recipient of the School of Medicine’s Ford Connell Award for Excellence in Teaching.

“Through his roles in the School of Medicine, Dr. Taylor has advanced Indigenous student admission streams, initiated Indigenous health curricular reform, and developed healthcare collaborations within education and hospital settings,” says Dr. Leslie Flynn, Vice Dean, Education, FHS. “He is an educator, a scholar, a leader, and understands the need for cultural humility as he assumes this role. This combination of knowledge and respectful inquiry holds great promise for Dr. Taylor, FHS, our partners at WAHA and this important educational endeavour.”

Please join the Dean in congratulating Dr. Taylor on his appointment as Senior Advisor, Queen’s University – Weeneebayko Health Authority (WAHA) Partnership.

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