President & CEO
Dr. Kevin Smith is President & CEO of UHN, Canada’s largest academic health sciences centre and named one of the 10 best hospitals in the world by Newsweek. Dr. Smith has spent his career at the interface of the university and research hospital and is passionately committed to the mission of education, research and exemplary clinical care.
Dr. Smith is a Professor, Institute for Medical Sciences, Department of Medicine, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), Rotman School of Management and at the De Groote School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, McMaster University. He has served in many past roles including Past Chair, Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario; Chair, The Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Hospital Association and as a frequent advisor to governments and the private sector.
Dr. Smith has been the grateful recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Silver and Golden Jubilee Medals and was honoured to be made a Knight of St. Gregory by the Pope for his long-term contributions to health care.
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Chief Financial Officer
Senior Vice President, UHN & Executive Lead, Princess Margaret
Executive Vice President Education & Chief Medical Officer
Vice President Public Affairs & Communications
Executive Vice President Clinical Support & Performance
Vice President & Site Lead – TWH
Executive Vice President HR/Organizational Development
Interim Vice President – TGH
Vice President Patient Experience & Chief Health Professions
Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
Executive Vice President Science & Research
Dr. Edward Cole was appointed Physician-in-Chief, UHN, and received the Dr. Charles H. Hollenberg Chair in Medicine at UHN in May 2010. He is also the Program Medical Director of the Medical and Community Care Program at UHN. He is a Professor of Medicine and a staff nephrologist at Toronto General Hospital. He has served on the Board of Directors of Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation since 2010. He received the Canadian Society of Transplantation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. His major research interests are in immunosuppressive drugs and clinical trials in renal transplantation with over 150 peer-reviewed publications.
Emma Pavlov is Executive Vice President, responsible for Human Resources and Organizational Development at University Health Network. As Chief People Officer, Emma’s responsibilities include all aspects of strategic human resource management, organizational development, labour relations and culture.
Emma holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology and an MBA from Royal Roads University. She teaches at the Schulich School of Business at York University and is the Program Director for a Masters Certificate in Healthcare Management at the Schulich Executive Education Centre.
Emma’s focus is on building the culture and work environment that inspires people and enables them to contribute their personal best to achieving UHN’s strategy.
Dr. Brad Wouters is the Executive Vice President Science and Research, at UHN. He is a Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and was the institute’s Interim Research Director (2014–2016). He is also a Professor in the Departments of Medical Biophysics and Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto. His research program examines the molecular mechanisms underlying how hypoxia and the tumour microenvironment affect cancer biology and therapeutic outcome.
As EVP of Science and Research, Dr. Wouters is focused on creating an environment that incentivizes, facilitates and rewards excellence in research across all elements of UHN. To this end, he led the development of UHN’s 2019–23 Strategic Research Plan, which incorporates team science and collaborative strategies to achieve UHN’s goals for research impact and organizational excellence. The implementation of this plan will help deliver TeamUHN’s shared vision of A Healthier World.
Brian D. Hodges is Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and Executive Vice President Education and Chief Medical Officer at UHN. He is a practicing psychiatrist and teacher. His research focuses on assessment, competence, compassion and the future of the health profession. His work has been recognized with the Association of American Medical Colleges Flexner Award (2015) and the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education (2016).
Darlene Dasent is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at UHN. She plays a critical role as a key business enabler through aligning strategic and financial initiatives with patient and TeamUHN priorities.
With over 20 years of leadership experience, Darlene is heading UHN’s Finance Transformation by equipping and inspiring her team to anticipate, plan for and execute a model of financial governance that empowers our scientists, educators and care providers. Darlene is championing creativity and has been instrumental in developing financial governance models because she believes the health of any organization is intricately linked to the strength of its financial underpinning.
Darlene leads by example by valuing hard work and is committed to developing leaders.
Recently named to the Women’s Executive Network list of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women, Darlene graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Commerce, Carleton University with a Psychology degree and is a Chartered Accountant CPA, CA.
Marnie Escaf is a Senior Vice President at UHN where she has worked for over 20 years. Currently, as Senior Vice President for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, she provides leadership for patient care, service delivery, operating and strategic planning, human resource management, quality, risk and utilization management for the Princess Margaret Cancer Program and oversight of the Princess Margaret site. Prior to PM, Marnie held a similar role at the Toronto General Hospital site.
Marnie has an Honours Business Degree from Wilfrid Laurier, a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Ottawa, and is a member of the Canadian College of Health Service Executives.
Gillian Howard is the Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications at UHN, and the Interim President & CEO – Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Foundation. She leads the Public Affairs & Communications team which is responsible for media relations, issues management, internal communications, UHN social media, the external website and strategic communications advice across UHN. She has worked in the fields of sports, entertainment, education and health care during her career.
Shaf Keshavjee is a Thoracic surgeon and Director of the Toronto Lung Transplant Program. He is Surgeon-in-Chief, James Wallace McCutcheon Chair in Surgery at UHN. Dr Keshavjee’s clinical practice is in thoracic oncology, lung cancer and lung transplantation. He has a passion for surgery and innovative research. His specific research interest is in lung injury related to transplantation. His current work involves the study of molecular diagnostics and gene therapy strategies to repair organs and to engineer superior organs for transplantation.
Dr. Keshavjee has received numerous awards for contributions to medicine, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Society for Transplantation for his contributions to the field of lung transplantation. He has also received two Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals. He was awarded the Order of Ontario and also received Canada’s highest civilian honour with an appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Janet Newton is a Vice President and Site Lead of Toronto Western Hospital, one of Toronto's largest acute care facilities. In addition to day-to-day operations of patient care and service delivery at the hospital, Janet provides leadership for a wide range of professionals. Committed to excellence in patient care and staff development, she fosters creativity and positive leadership across all areas. Janet is a physiotherapist with a Master’s in Adult Education from University of London, UK.
Dr. Fayez A. Quereshy is a Surgical Oncologist and Minimally Invasive Surgeon at UHN and is an active member of the Princess Margaret Cancer Program. His specialty interest focuses in gastrointestinal malignancies and specifically, colorectal cancer. Dr. Quereshy completed his residency training in General Surgery, and his fellowship in Surgical Oncology, at the University of Toronto. He received his MBA at the Rotman School of Management. He subsequently pursued advanced Robotic Colorectal Fellowship training at the Queen Mary Hospital, University of Hong Kong. His academic interests centre on operations management and systems efficiency, with the aim of improving cost effectiveness and quality of care. Dr. Quereshy has served as the Medical Director of the Operating Room at the Toronto Western Hospital and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.
Joy Richards is Vice President Patient Experience and Chief of Health Professions and holds clinical appointments at the University of Toronto and York University Faculty of Nursing. Most recently, Joy has accepted an invitation to join the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow (FAAN). This represents one of the highest international nursing honors awarded to academic leadership within the profession. A registered nurse by profession, she hold a PhD in Human and Organizational Development. Her clinical area of expertise is in geriatrics and her current academic interest is in leadership development. She has been awarded the Sigma Theta Tau Award for Excellence in Nursing Administration (2007), the Health Achieve Margret Comack Award of Excellence in Nursing Leadership (2010), and the Award of Distinction for her nursing leadership contributions from the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto (2013).
Susan serves as Senior Vice President for the Toronto Rehab programs, the Arthritis program at Toronto Western and Site Lead for Toronto Rehab. Prior to joining UHN, Susan worked at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) where she held a variety of clinical and progressively senior leadership roles, including Vice President, Clinical Services. Susan is committed to optimizing patient experience and flow, team engagement, effective partnerships and integrative thinking. Susan holds a Registered Nurse designation from Sheridan College, a Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration from York University and a Master’s degree in Health Science Administration from the University of Toronto. Past and present Board experience includes Allenby Daycare; Toronto Ronald McDonald House; Bellwoods Centre for Community Living Inc (served as Chair of Governance and Quality Cttes); and the Toronto Rehab Foundation.
As Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for UHN, Marc is responsible for the legal, compliance, privacy, enterprise risk and corporate secretarial functions of the Hospital. Marc and his team provide pragmatic, proactive advice on clinical, strategic and policy issues to support UHN’s Board of Trustees, leadership, physicians and researchers in the delivery of patient care.
Marc has dedicated his career to the legal and business issues affecting health care organizations. After starting his legal career in private practice with the firm McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Marc has held senior roles in-house in the hospital setting, and was General Counsel to two Toronto teaching hospitals prior to joining UHN. Marc combines a background in science with the law, holding a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University, a Master of Science from McGill University (Human Genetics), and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School.