Niagara Health CEO Kevin Smith leaving for new position

Dr. Kevin Smith is stepping down as CEO of Niagara Health to join the University Health Network as CEO in May. File photo

Dr. Kevin Smith is stepping down from the CEO position at St. Joseph’s Health System in Hamilton and the Niagara Health System for a new position as CEO of the University Health Network (UHN).

“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 University Health Network in a press release issued Monday Mar. 12/2018. “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.”

The press release says that Smith is “well known for his contribution to the health care system both provincially and nationally.”

Smith is currently the 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 and 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 been the Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association, Chair of the Board of Home Capital and has served as a member on the boards for The Change Foundation, the United Way of Burlington and the Association of Canadian Academic Health Organizations.

“Dr. Smith is a lifelong learner with an impressive academic background,” the UHN press release says. “He is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University and holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sussex in England. He had taken a number of leadership courses including, at Harvard University, Wharton School of Business – CEO Leadership Program, and the Rotman School of Business’ Director’s Education Program.”

“I am very honoured to be asked to lead UHN,” Dr. Kevin Smith said in the UHN press release. “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.”

He begins his new duties at the University Health Network on May 22/2018.



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