Dr. Kevin Smith announced as University Health Network’s next President & CEO

12/03/2018
Kevin-Smith-photo-2018-square-with-facil-expressions.jpgDr. Kevin Smith has been announced as University Health Network’s next President & CEO.

The current President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Health System in Hamilton and Chief Executive Officer of Niagara Health System will take over the role on May 22, 2018.

“Everyone on UHN’s Board of Trustees is delighted that Dr. Smith will be joining UHN as its next President and CEO,” said Brian Porter, Chair of the Board of Trustees of UHN.

“He has a long and distinguished career in Ontario’s healthcare system and currently is responsible for an academic health organization which spans the continuum of care. Given the breadth of services at UHN and our ambitions to work more closely with partners in the community, I am very pleased that he has agreed to take the helm at UHN.”

Beyond his work with St. Joseph’s and Niagara Health System, Dr. Smith has extensive experience in the healthcare field on both a provincial and national level. He is currently Chair of the Board of Canada Foundation for Innovation, Chair of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario, a Member of the Premier’s Health Results Table, advisor to the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist and a Special Advisor to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.  

He has also served as Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association, Chair of the Board of Home Capital and has been a member of the boards of The Change Foundation, the United Way of Burlington and the Association of Canadian Academic Health Organizations Council of Academic Hospitals. 

“I am very honoured to be asked to lead UHN,” said Dr. Smith. “It is an internationally recognized hospital with outstanding achievements in care, research and education both here in Canada and around the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to build on UHN’s incredible success and look forward to the exciting work that lies ahead.”

With a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sussex in England, Dr. Smith is also a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, at McMaster University. He has also taken leadership courses at Harvard University, Wharton School of Business – CEO Leadership Program, and the Rotman School of Business’ Director’s Education Program.