Humber River Hospital welcomes its new Chief of Staff Dr. Michael Gardam

By Alex Lalonde

TORONTO – Today, Humber River Hospital’s Board of Directors announced the appointment of its Chief of Staff, Dr. Michael Gardam MSc, MD, CM, FRCPC. Dr. Gardam is joining HRH following his brilliant work as Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the University Health Network (UHN), where he put into place a world-renowned Infection Prevention and Control Program.

He obtained his medical education at McGill University, following it up with subspecialty training in Infectious Diseases.  He holds an MSc in Health Administration, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.  He has consulted for international organizations in complex healthcare environments, with the goal of driving change and helping to uncover innovative solutions to medical challenges. Some of his clients have included; the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Irish Health Services Executive and the Maryland Patient Safety Center.

“Dr. Gardam’s work with both local and international organizations has verifiably demonstrated his dedication and experience with developing programs for complex medical issues,” explains Terry Leon, Chair of the HRH Board of Directors. “We look forward to working with Dr. Gardam towards setting the bar for innovative patient care.”

His clinical work focuses on the care of patients with tuberculosis. Since 2015, he has also served in the leadership role of Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee and a member of the Board of Directors for UHN. In addition to his medical roles, Dr. Gardam is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, an instructor for the Physician Leadership Institute of Joule and Program Director of the Healthcare Leadership Development Program with the Schulich Executive Education Centre at York University. He has over 100 scientific publications to his name.

Dr. Gardam said “Humber River Hospital is on the forefront of innovative patient care. I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this digital healthcare revolution and to work in a hospital designed with patient safety in mind.”

Humber River Hospital (HRH) is one of Canada’s largest acute care hospitals, serving a vibrant and culturally diverse community of more than 850,000 people in the northwest Greater Toronto Area. The HRH team’s powerful commitment to compassionate, professional, respectful care is reflected in the number of hospital programs and services recognized provincially, nationally and internationally. The hospital has formal affiliations with the University of Toronto and Queen’s University Medical Schools, and is the Toronto hospital of choice for Queen’s University Medical School.