Philpott appointed dean of Health Sciences at Queen’s U

Queen’s University today announced that the Honourable Jane Philpott will serve as the university’s next Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Director of the School of Medicine.

Dr. Philpott is an accomplished family physician, educator, and global health champion, and is best known for having held several senior cabinet positions with the Government of Canada. She will be the first woman to hold this position at Queen’s University.

She looks forward to the opportunity to help educate the next generation of health care professionals.

“I am very excited about my role as the next Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University,” Dr. Philpott said. “This will be a great opportunity to educate and support the next generation of caring health professionals. I will miss my wonderful friends and colleagues in Markham and Stouffville, but I’ll be back to visit often – and I encourage everyone to come see the beautiful campus of Queen’s University.”

The Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences is internationally renowned for scholarship, research, social purpose, and sense of community. Dr. Philpott will lead a faculty that includes the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. The faculty offers programs that are among the most in-demand in Canada thanks to an exceptional student learning experience, and new and innovative education models.

Elected as the Member of Parliament for Markham-Stouffville in 2015, she served in a number of prominent federal cabinet roles, including as Minister of Health, Minister of Indigenous Services, President of the Treasury Board, and Minister of Digital Government.

Prior to entering politics, Dr. Philpott spent over 30 years in family medicine and global health. After earning a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Western Ontario, she spent the first decade of her career in Niger, West Africa, where she provided clinical care to patients and training to community health workers.

In 2008, Dr. Philpott joined the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine and became Chief of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital. She also founded a campaign that raised close to $5 million for people in Africa affected by HIV/AIDS, and helped to create the first family medicine training program in Ethiopia.

Dr. Philpott begins her term as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the School of Medicine on July 1, 2020. The appointment will see her also become CEO of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO).


Photo: Dr. Jane Philpott will serve as Queen University’s Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Director of the School of Medicine. 

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