Appointment of Professor Michael Kidd as Chair, Department of Family & Community Medicine

Nov 15, 2016

This message is on behalf of Dr. Trevor Young, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions. 

I am delighted to announce that the Agenda Committee of Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Michael Kidd as Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine for a 5-year term beginning May 1, 2017.

Michael Kidd is Professor of Global Primary Care and Executive Dean at the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining Flinders, he was Professor and Head of the Department of General Practice at The University of Sydney.  Professor Kidd graduated in medicine from the University of Melbourne and holds a Doctorate of Medicine in medical education from Monash University.

Dr. Kidd has just completed a three-year term as President of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA), a global professional organization in formal collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).  He has served as a consultant to the WHO, United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), World Bank, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.   An acknowledged national leader in general practice, he served two terms as President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. For over 20 years, he has chaired and served on committees and boards advising the Australian Government Department of Health.

Professor Kidd’s research focusses on global health, primary health care and family medicine, digital health, health policy, the education of health professionals, safety and quality in primary care, the primary care management of HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections, and the role of case reports in contemporary health care. Dr. Kidd’s research has received continuous funding over the past 25 years. He is a member of the Council of Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council and has been a member of the International Research Advisory Board of the United Kingdom Biobank, based at Oxford University, for the past 10 years.

Professor Kidd is the recipient of numerous distinguished awards and honours, including Member of the Order of Australia, Australian Medical Association Award for Excellence in Health Care, Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor (Flinders University), and honorary fellowships from professional organizations in several countries.

Please join me in congratulating Professor Kidd on his appointment and welcoming him to the University of Toronto. 

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Professor David White for his leadership as Interim Chair of the Department over the past year.  His term will conclude on December 31, 2016.  The Agenda Committee has approved the appointment of Professor David Tannenbaum as Interim Chair from January 1 to April 30, 2017. 


L. Trevor Young MD, PhD, FRCPC
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions


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