Chief and Medical Director of Family and Community Medicine - North York General Hospital

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North York General Hospital
4001 Leslie Street
North York, ON M2K1E1

Job Posted
April 10, 2024
Posting Expires
June 9, 2024
Job Start Date
July 1, 2024
Work Schedule

Job Description

North York General Hospital (NYGH) is seeking a Chief and Medical Director of Family and Community Medicine! This physician leader will join a department that is recognized widely as a system leader in education, research, and clinical care to patients and families in the community

The Position

The position is comprised of the Chief and Medical Director of Family and Community Medicine.  This position reports jointly to the Chair, Medical Advisory Committee as Chief, and as Medical Director to the Vice President, Medical and Academic Affairs.

The Chief provides leadership for one of the largest departments at NYGH, consisting of approximately 340 physicians including 133 Active Staff, 9 Active Secondary Staff, 40 Clinical Associates, and 158 Courtesy Staff. Of these physicians, 145 have a Faculty Appointment at the University of Toronto. These physicians are involved in a diverse range of clinical activities at NYGH. Community family physicians provide primary care to people in our community, refer patients to services at NYGH when required, and resume care following discharge from acute care.  Department members also provide patient care within the hospital, including the ED, Palliative Care, Obstetrics, Mental Health, Hospitalist Medicine and Long-term Care.

The Chief is a member of the Executive Committee of the University’s Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM).  In this capacity, he or she assists in the development, planning, implementation and administration of the Hospital’s teaching and research programs with the University of Toronto and any other educational/training organizations working with the hospital.  A critical function is to recruit and guide exceptional academic leaders in the key portfolios of Undergraduate Education, Postgraduate Education, Professional Development and Research. As a seasoned leader, innovator and champion of Quality of Care, the next Chief / Program Medical Director will enjoy an exceptional platform from which to lead the Department and Program into a bright future at NYGH.

The Department of Family and Community Medicine includes national and international leaders in family medicine research, quality improvement and patient safety, undergraduate and postgraduate education. The department produces a wealth of academic work in these fields, which are consistently awarded within the University of Toronto and Canada. NYGH founded The Gordon F. Cheesbrough Research Chair, who jointly holds the position of Director of UTOPIAN – the University of Toronto Practice-Based Research Network. This research chair was established to support an individual with a demonstrated track record of research excellence oriented towards primary care practice-based research networks.

Recognizing the complex nature of the program, its interface with almost every area of the hospital and its size and need for ongoing development and evolution, the Search Committee would be open to ideas around structure, leadership partnerships and other ways of making the position attractive to those who might otherwise consider it too comprehensive.

Equity, diversity and inclusion are a core part of the culture at NYGH. In keeping with our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Framework, we encourage applications from people of diverse backgrounds

The Chief works in partnership with:

  • Board of Governors
  • Medical Advisory Committee
  • Senior Leadership Team
  • North York Toronto Health Partners
  • Program Directors and Clinical Team Managers
  • Other Departmental Chiefs and Medical Directors
  • Physicians, Staff and Volunteers
  • Patient Experience Partners
  • Learners
  • Hospital Foundation
  • Other external partners and stakeholders
    • Ministry of Health and Ontario Health
    • Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
    • Partner Hospitals
    • Other community partners

The Person

Required attributes of the candidate fall into the following categories:


  • Possess certification in Family Medicine (CCFP) by the College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Possess or be eligible for an Ontario license
  • Possess significant clinical and teaching experience
  • Have or be eligible for an academic appointment with the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Have experience as an academic family physician


  • As an outstanding role model for a practicing Physician, have strong clinical expertise and clinical leadership skills, including the ability to recruit physicians
  • Have the ability to:
    • Mentor clinicians and future medical leaders
    • Commit to Physician Wellness as a high priority.
    • Demonstrate expertise in quality and safety improvement.
    • Dedicate the Department to the academic mission in teaching and research.
    • Embrace new innovative approaches to care.

Communication & Leadership 

Be a:

  • Visionary, visible and forward thinking leader with the goals of developing a unified Departmental vision and strategy that fosters intra-divisional collaboration and teamwork.
  • Strong communicator with passion, commitment, transparency, positivity and competency.
  • Leader that enables Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Leader with courage and integrity to navigate difficult conversations.
  • Leader that embraces complexity.

Education/Professional Credentials 

The new Chief/Program Medical Co-Director will be an experienced, inclusive and visionary leader with experience in medical leadership, clinical practice, strategy and operations. Recognized as an effective change leader, you have demonstrated your commitment to improving service and operations in a clinical setting as well as participating in broader systems-level change

  • Possess certification in Family Medicine (CCFP) by the College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Possess or be eligible for an Ontario license
  • Possess significant clinical and teaching experience
  • Have or be eligible for an academic appointment with the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Have experience as an academic family physician

The Organization

North York General Hospital (NYGH) is a community academic hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto. In 2023, NYGH was named #1 community academic hospital in Canada by Newsweek Magazine for the fifth year in a row and named one of Canada’s Best Employers by Forbes Magazine. NYGH was most recently recognized as one of the World’s Best Smart Hospitals for adopting advanced technologies for patient care. Through partnerships, collaboration and academic endeavors, NYGH fulfills its purpose of Making a World of Difference. With a strong financial track record over the last 10+ years, NYGH continues to advance excellence in care while ensuring fiscal accountability and efficiency.

NYGH serves a local population of approximately half a million people in North Central Toronto. The 2022-23 services included:

In 2022-23, we had 4101 staff, 931 physicians, 287 volunteers, and 27 patient experience partners. North Central Toronto is one of the city’s most diverse and rapidly growing areas. Our catchment area is comprised of a growing seniors population, with more than 50% of people being immigrants to Canada. Additionally, 53% of our catchment population are considered visible minorities and 20% struggle with financial insecurity.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are a core part of the culture at NYGH. In keeping with our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Framework, we encourage applications from people who reflect the population we serve.

North York General’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, Thinking Beyond 

NYGH is guided by a transformational five-year Strategic Plan, Thinking Beyond. This Plan will place NYGH at the forefront of quality, equity and safety, enabling exciting new partnerships to drive improvements in population and community health. Integrated care is central to our Plan, with an ambitious Clinical Services Plan, Digital Health agenda, and NYGH’s leadership in North York Toronto Health Partners, one of the province’s first and largest Ontario Health Teams (OHTs). The Plan enables NYGH to shape the health system of tomorrow through a commitment to exceptional learning and world-class, applied health research. Over the next five to 10 years, we will embark on the most significant expansion and modernization in the organization’s 50 plus history.

Here are our four Strategic Directions:

People come first in everything we do. At NYGH, we view people in the broadest sense – patients, families, caregivers, community members, physicians, staff, learners and volunteers. We are proud to have a comprehensive framework for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to guide our actions. Our Wellness framework, based on international best practices, cultivates the health and wellbeing of our team. We seek empowerment for all in an environment of discovery and development.

Driving the future of integrated care. Partnerships and collaboration are vital to our work and to our pursuit of continuous improvements for our people and patients. We are part of the Toronto Region, and our broad partners include North York Toronto Health Partners, our local Ontario Health Team; Ontario Health; the Ministry of Health of Ontario; and City of Toronto. We partner with Sinai Health through the Schwartz/Weisman Emergency Medicine Institute, a not-for-profit research, education and health policy institute. We have expanded our digital platforms and virtual care to help achieve health and wellness throughout our communities.

Being an exceptional learning community. With a passion for learning and teaching, we provided clinical placements for 1500 learners in 2022-23. We have five on-site Research Chairs guiding us to leverage data and analytics and carry out applied community health research on a provincial, national, and international scale. The University of Toronto is a significant partner in our scholarly endeavours.

Investing in a better tomorrow. We are undergoing the largest expansion in our history, with a new, advanced inpatient care tower and a new long-term care home and integrated seniors’ campus of care, across the road from the hospital. These are being designed with the guidance of our Patient Experience Partners and our Environmental Sustainability Committee.

  • 110,558 Emergency visits
  • 27,795 inpatient visits
  • 480 acute care beds
  • 4,233 live births
  • 192 long-term care beds
  • 29,707 surgical procedures including endoscopy
  • 248,764 outpatient visits

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For more information about NYGH, please visit our website at: 

Qualified applicants are encouraged to respond in confidence to Dr. Sagar Rohailla – Chair of the Chief and Medical Director of Family and Community Medicine Search Committee, via e- mail to [email protected]



Sagar Rohailla
4001 Leslie Street
North York ON M2K1E1
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