Dr. Robert McMurtry is a graduate of the University of Toronto in Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
In 1987, he was appointed Professor and Chair of Surgery at the University of Calgary and Chief of Surgery at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta (Canada). In 1992, he became Dean of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario and subsequently Dean of Medicine and Dentistry, a post he held until 1999. In 1999, he became the first Cameron Visiting Chair at Health Canada – a post carrying the responsibility for providing policy advice to the Deputy Minister and Minister of Health for Canada.
He was appointed to the Romanow Commission in 2002 as a Special Advisor to Commissioner Romanow.
Dr. McMurtry is currently Professor of Surgery at the University of Western Ontario and Orthopedic Consultant at the Hand and Upper Limb Centre. His work involves an active clinical practice as well as teaching and research. In October of 2003, he was appointed to the Transition Advisory Board of the incoming Provincial Government of Ontario.
He was appointed to the Health Council of Canada from 2003 to 2007. He chaired the Wait Times and Accessibility Work Group from January 2004 to January 2006. He also maintains active memberships in the Canadian Index of Wellbeing Project Management Team, as well as the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute.
Commentaries by Dr. Robert McMurtry:
Canada has mixed wait time results in healthcare
Putting healthcare on the federal election agenda
Patient-centred healthcare could reduce wait times and improve the Canadian health system // Les soins axés sur le patient pourraient réduire les temps d’attente et améliorer le système de santé au Canada
Why our health system works for Canada
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