Chief, Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program

Chief, Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, in Toronto, Canada, a fully affiliated academic Health Sciences facility of the University of Toronto, is inviting applications for the Chief of Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program. Effective start date is July 15, 2024, or as mutually agreed upon.

Sunnybrook has an ambitious vision to Invent the Future of Health Care. Sunnybrook’s Strategic Plan 2021-25 emphasizes the essential role that Sunnybrook plays, not only through its tertiary regional and provincial programs, but also supporting the community needs within the North Toronto Ontario Health Team (OHT).  Our strategic plan identifies four strategic directions that include personalized and precise treatments; integrated and sustainable models of care across the health system; improving quality and creating a better care experience; and building high performing teams.   To learn more about our strategic plan, please visit: https://sunnybrook.ca/content/?page=strategic-plan-2021-25&rr=strategicplan

Sunnybrook’s Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program is driving innovation and treatment in brain health.  Aligned with Sunnybrook’s corporate vision, the vision of the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program is to Invent the Future of Brain Health. The Program has identified three major strategic themes that include Brain Injury, Degeneration, Repair; Brain Therapeutics; and System Integration.   Our interdisciplinary team of experts is dedicated to clinical care and pioneering investigation of some of the most challenging brain conditions of our time including; stroke, dementia, mood and anxiety disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and ALS. The Program also encompasses Vision and Hearing Services.  The Harquail Centre for Neuromodulation is one of the world’s first to offer a complete range of neuromodulation strategies in the new Garry Hurvitz Brain Sciences Centre. Opening in 2024, the centre will be a hub of innovation and care delivery including new spaces for inpatient mental health beds (adult and adolescent) and a number of outpatient services related to brain care.

As a premier academic health sciences centre, Sunnybrook is committed to high quality inter-professional education. It provides unique educational experiences for more than 4,000 trainees each year and is the home of one of the University’s four Academies for undergraduate medical education in addition to providing superb postgraduate and fellowship training in virtually all disciplines.

There are deep connections between the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program and the Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI), including (but not limited to) brain injury and degeneration and neuromodulation. Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) is the research arm of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and has internationally acclaimed programs in basic and applied research. SRI scientists work to understand and prevent disease, and to develop treatments that enhance and extend life.  Each year, SRI conducts about $100 million in research developing innovations in care for more than 1.3 million patients.  For more information about SRI, please visit www.sunnybrook.ca/research

Philanthropy is an essential enabler of our vision to Invent the Future of Health Care. The Chief of Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program will lead fundraising to achieve the Program’s ambition in close partnership with the Sunnybrook Foundation and our standards for ethical and coordinated practice. This includes working broadly amongst colleagues to establish key philanthropic priorities that align with the strategic direction, and modelling a culture of gratitude with Program staff that enables Foundation partners to maximize fundraising efforts with potential donors to advance these priorities and make them a reality. 

The successful candidate will be a transformational leader with outstanding interpersonal skills.  The candidate will have the vision to advance integration with Sunnybrook strategic priorities as well as with the broader community; commitment to forging partnerships with other institutions, community agencies and our North Toronto Ontario Health Team to support the development of integrated delivery systems; experience working in diverse populations; values inclusiveness, equity and diversity, and in nurturing an ethos of culturally-sensitive care; strong leadership capabilities, significant experience as an effective and generous mentor to trainees and faculty at all stages of their careers; a record of peer-reviewed research; leadership in undergraduate, postgraduate, fellowship, continuing medical education or patient education; and/or leadership in model service delivery as a creative professional academic activity.

Candidates must hold an MD and have certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or equivalent qualification and be eligible to hold a clinical full time academic appointment at the University of Toronto at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in an appropriate clinical department.  

To apply:

Applications will be accepted until April 15 2024, however the position will remain open until filled or recruitment is closed.  Review of applications will begin immediately.  Interested candidates must submit (1) letter of interest, (2) statement on contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) [300-words maximum], (3) up-to-date curriculum vitae and (4) names and contact information of three referees.  Examples of contributions to EDI include faculty and/or leadership development initiatives; development of inclusive pedagogies; research, scholarship and/or teaching with a focus on underrepresented and historically marginalized communities; public engagement activities that reach out to marginalized communities; mentoring of students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups. 

Application package should be submitted to: 

Don Lang, Chair, Search Committee, c/o Ms. Rajni Sandhu, Office of Medical Professional Practice, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Room DG29, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 3M5 Canada. Email:  [email protected]

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Toronto embrace Diversity and are building a culture of belonging that increases our capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.

Accessibility Statement

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Toronto strive to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.


We are 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.  If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this on your Internal Application/Transfer Form.