Chief of Surgery: Humber River Hospital

Humber River Hospital. Lighting New Ways In Healthcare.

 width=Five years since opening our doors as North America’s first fully digital hospital and we remain unwavering in our belief that we can change the hospital where we work, the community where we live, and the world of healthcare beyond our borders. Serving a community of 850,000 residents in North West Toronto, Equity Inclusivity and active participation in the North West Toronto Ontario Health Team are key initiatives important to our Team.  At Humber River Hospital, we use a custom combination of technology and clinical expertise to rebuild elements of care. We make technology work for staff and physicians; giving them more time to spend with patients, to eliminate inefficiencies, and to reduce the chance of errors. Humber River Hospital is formally affiliated with both the University of Toronto and Queen’s University and committed to becoming a community academic hospital. Clinical Excellence, Optimizing Care Through Technology and Community Connection frame our Research Strategy.

At Humber River Hospital, we’re not hoping for a renaissance, we are making it happen. As part of our dynamic team, you can lead the way, as we continue our journey towards high reliability care!


Right now we are looking for a:


We have an exceptional opportunity for a self-motivated, visionary leader as a Chief of Surgery.  A consensus builder, in partnership with the Program Director, you will guide a dynamic Surgical Department of 85 Active Surgeons with many sub-specialties such as, orthopedics, urology, plastic & reconstructive, bariatric, oral, vascular, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, pediatric, and general surgery. Our affiliation with the University of Toronto and Queen’s University attracts medical students and residents to the hospital, providing academic opportunities and supporting an environment for excellence in patient care.

The candidate will collaborate with other key programs to meet organizational goals and objectives. A particular commitment to consensus building with all stakeholders within the Surgical program including, the Department of Anesthesia, the Clinical and Support staff, Hospital for Sick Kids Surgeons, Medical Directors and Division Heads is important to be successful.  Commitment to attend several key departmental and administrative meetings and active participation in the HRH physician leadership and engagement program is necessary.

The candidate will be an excellent communicator and be a strong advocate for hospital and departmental mission, vision and goals, including furthering academic and clinical programs development.

In this role, you will lead the surgical program at HRH in teaching and expansion of medical learner programs and hold an appointment at one of the University of Toronto or Queen’s University. Your support for medical learners is key to our strategic plan as an academic centre and our participation as a member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. To be successful you will have experience in leading or participating in Quality Improvement  initiatives. Working within the HRH Research agenda you will participate as a principal investigator or co-investigator of studies relevant to the surgical program.

In addition to demonstrated clinical excellence and outstanding interpersonal skills, you require surgical certification from the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada and are a member of the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario.

If you are interested in this exceptional opportunity, we ask that you forward a detailed letter of interest along with your curriculum vitae in confidence by Monday, February 15, 2021 to:

Dr. John Hagen
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 these positions. The hospital reserves the right not to appoint anyone to these positions.

Reference #: S-834