Chief of Psychiatry & Medical Director

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Humber River Hospital. Lighting New Ways In Healthcare.

Humber River Hospital (HRH) is one of Canada’s largest acute care hospitals, fully digital, and serving a diverse catchment area of more than 850,000 people in the northwest Greater Toronto Area. HRH operates 722 acute inpatient beds with 3,400 staff, approximately 700 physicians, and over 1,000 volunteers. HRH currently includes the Wilson site, a 656-bed full service acute care facility that opened in 2015, and the Finch and Church sites, known as the "Reactivation Care Centres” (RCC). The RCCs represent a unique partnership among multiple hospitals in the GTA with a focus on high quality patient recovery. A 356-bed long-term care facility “Humber Meadows” is currently under construction at the Finch Avenue site.

Our vision of Exceptional Care, Healthier Community and our focus on equity and inclusivity is something we share with our partners at the North Western Toronto Ontario Health Team. As Canada’s first digital hospital and home of the first Patient Care Digital Command Centre, a commitment to innovation, research, and academic excellence remains at the core of our organization. We look forward to further development of these core elements through our recent membership in the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN). Already providing many academic opportunities to all professions, we are committed to establishing a Family Practice Teaching Unit in partnership with the University of Toronto, further strengthening our commitment to academia. The Hospital has formal affiliations with medical schools at University of Toronto and Queen’s University.

HRH has a strong emphasis on quality, safety, and the patient and family experience. In 2018, HRH received Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada. HRH also recently received the Studer Group Award for Excellence in Canadian Patient Care and the Canadian Council of Health Service Executives Patient Safety Award.

The Hospital has developed short and long-term objectives outlined in the 2021-23 Strategic Plan with a core direction of advancing HRH as a community academic hospital. Examples include:

  • Growing targeted specialty programs that are responsive to the needs of our community
  • Establishing an HRH Digital Healthcare Research Institute
  • Continuing to shepherd the development of a long-term care facility
  • Establishing a comprehensive Medical Education Program


Right now we are looking for a:


HRH has an exceptional opportunity for a self-motivated and forward-thinking psychiatrist as the Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Mental Health and Addictions Program.

As Chief of the Department of Psychiatry, you will oversee the professional practice and overall quality of care provided by over 30 psychiatrists, while ensuring alignment with the values and strategic direction of the organization. As Medical Director of the Mental Health and Addictions Program, you will provide effective leadership of Program services and collaborate with the Program Director to continually develop, implement, monitor and improve services.  

HRH’s Mental Health and Addictions Program is recognized for providing high quality and comprehensive services to a diverse community through its collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to care.  Located on the fifth floor of our state-of-the-art facility, the Program includes in-patient and outpatient adult, child and adolescent programs. The in-patient program includes six child and adolescent beds and fifty-eight adult beds. A dedicated Emergency Psychiatry Unit is located in the Emergency Department. HRH’s adult outpatient program has recently transitioned to a Stepped Care Model. Available services include addictions, early intervention and urgent care. The child and adolescent outpatient program is fully supported by an allied health team of social workers, child youth workers and RNs. It offers both urgent care and general outpatient care.

As an excellent communicator and strong advocate for the organization’s mission, vision and goals, the successful candidate will actively participate in various department and administrative meetings to further develop both academic and clinical programs. Participation in the HRH physician leadership and engagement program is also required.

Our affiliation with the University of Toronto and Queen’s University attracts medical learners to the hospital. The Department of Psychiatry regularly provides academic opportunities for residents and fellows. In this role, you will lead the Department in teaching and expanding the medical learner program at HRH.

The successful candidate must hold, or be eligible to obtain, an academic appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and will facilitate the academic advancement of medical staff by supporting research, education and quality initiatives within the Department and the Program.

A demonstrated excellence in clinical care and leadership is required. The successful candidate must be an experienced psychiatrist with certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Psychiatry (or equivalent qualification), and be a member of, or eligible for membership with the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario.

If you are interested in this exceptional opportunity, we encourage you to send a detailed letter of interest along with your curriculum vitae in confidence to:

Dr. S. Zaki Ahmed

Chief of Staff

Humber River Hospital

1235 Wilson Avenue

Toronto, ON M3M 0B2

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Interested candidates who qualify will be contacted and may be asked to attend a pre-application interview. Selected candidates will be invited to submit a formal application for the position. The hospital reserves the right not to appoint anyone to this position.