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Dr. David Naylor

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Dr. David Naylor was appointed the 15th President of the University of Toronto in October 2005. He received his MD from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine in 1978 with scholarships in medicine, surgery, and paediatrics, and his D.Phil. in the Faculty of Social and Administrative Studies at Oxford University in 1983, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Internal Medicine) in 1986, was a Fellow of the Medical Research Council at Toronto General Hospital in 1987, and joined the Department of Medicine of the University of Toronto in 1988, where he was promoted to full Professor by 1996. Dr. Naylor was founding Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (1991-1998), before becoming Dean of Medicine and Vice Provost for Relations with Health Care Institutions of the University of Toronto (1999-2005).

Formerly a Senior Scientist of the Medical Research Council of Canada, Dr. Naylor is the co-author of approximately 300 scholarly publications, spanning social history, public policy, epidemiology and biostatistics, and health economics, as well as clinical and health services research in most fields of medicine. Dr. Naylor served as chair of the National Advisory Committee on SARS and Public Health in 2003. The Committee's report catalyzed the creation of the Public Health Agency of Canada, major new investments in public health at the federal level, and the appointment of Canada's first Chief Public Health Officer. Dr. Naylor is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, a Foreign Associate Fellow of the US Institute of Medicine, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is also the recipient of various national and international awards including the John Dinham Cottrell medal, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (1996); Malcolm Brown award, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (1996); Michael Smith award of Excellence from the Medical Research Council (1999); the Research Achievement award of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (2002); and the Defries Award of the Canadian Public Health Association (2005).