Chief of Medicine

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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:


Position Summary

We have an exceptional opportunity for a self-motivated and visionary leader as Chief of Medicine and Program Medical Director at HRH. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing the professional practice and overall quality of care provided by a department comprised of over 100 Credentialled Staff Members across 14 Divisions.

As Chief of Medicine and Program Medical Director, you responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Overseeing and evaluating all aspects of medical practice within the department.
  • Developing policies and practices that promote quality of care and ongoing quality assurance, and comply with health care laws and regulations and the organization’s strategic plan.  
  • Collaborating with Program Directors to continually, revitalize, develop, implement, monitor and improve programs and initiatives that maximize quality outcomes and best practices and foster intra-divisional and departmental collaboration and teamwork.
  • Supporting and enabling a departmental culture that prioritizes physician wellness and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.  
  • Creating a departmental Human Resources Plan that contemplates the appropriate utilization of allocated resources and regularly reviews physician performance.
  • Facilitating the continued academic advancement and training of Medical Staff by supporting research, education and quality initiatives with the Department.

As an excellent communicator and strong advocate for the HRH mission, vision and goals, the successful candidate will collaborate with other departments and actively participate in a variety of departmental and administrative meetings and initiatives to further develop academic and clinical programs. Participation in the HRH physician leadership and engagement program is also required.

The successful candidate must hold, or be eligible to obtain, an academic appointment in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (UofT) and is expected to collaborate with UofT and Queen’s University to advance HRH’s academic mission, and support strategies that encourage ongoing medical education, teaching and research at both the Department and Division level.  

A demonstrated excellence in clinical care and leadership is required. The successful candidate must be a qualified medical practitioner that is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Internal Medicine or a sub-speciality (or equivalent qualification), and be a member of, or eligible for membership, with the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario.  The ideal candidate should have a minimum of five years’ experience practicing in Internal Medicine, with demonstrated excellence in clinical care and leadership in a healthcare setting.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Indigeneity, Accessibility and Fairness

Recognized by Forbes as one of Canada’s Best Employers for Diversity (2022), HRH is committed to fostering a culture of equity and inclusion within the diverse community of North West Toronto and within our organization. The Hospital is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. The Hospital is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities. Our search committee is committed to a fair process that will meaningfully reflect these commitments.

Interested Applicants

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply in confidence by forwarding a cover letter and curriculum vitae to:

Dr. S. Zaki Ahmed

Chief of Staff

Humber River Hospital

1235 Wilson Avenue

Toronto, ON M3M 0B2

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The hospital reserves the right not to appoint anyone to this position.