February 2016

UHN's President & CEO, Dr. Pisters: Returning to the Canadian Healthcare System

11:45am-1:30pm | The Hilton Toronto - 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto

“I returned to Canada to start my new job as President & CEO at the University Health Network on January 5, 2015. Returning to work in Canada is a great personal achievement for me; having been born here and having roots in this great country, I always wanted to contribute to the system that raised and took care of me. Also, having worked close to 30 years in the US healthcare system – most of my adult professional life - coming back to Canada is an opportunity for me to reflect on the Canadian healthcare system using a perspective shaped in a significantly different environment. What I found over my first year back is that while the Canadian healthcare system has much to be proud of – a strong social contract and unwavering pride in its healthcare system, world class clinicians and skilled leaders – there is a rising tide of concern over the sustainability of the system in the face of poor macroeconomic indicators. I see this challenge as an opportunity to embrace new models of care and funding that other successful jurisdictions have adopted around the world. My talk will focus on my observations over Year 1 and what I believe some of the opportunities are for sustainable change.”

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UHN's President & CEO, Dr. Pisters: Returning to the Canadian Healthcare System

Peter Pisters

President & CEO
University Health Network

Peter Pisters

Dr. Peter Pisters is President and CEO of University Health Network (Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret Hospitals and Toronto Rehab Institute). Dr. Pisters is an internationally known tenured Professor of Surgery and hospital leader. In his previous role at The University of Texas MD Anderson Center, Dr. Pisters held a number of clinical, administrative and leadership positions from 1994 to 2014 with his most recent executive responsibilities as a Vice-President with leadership over MD Anderson’s regional expansion strategy.

Prior to this role, Dr. Pisters was Medical Director of MD Anderson’s regional cancer centers, Clinical Consultant for the Center for Global Oncology (now known as MD Anderson Cancer Network), and section Chief for Sarcoma Surgery with a specialty focus in the management of sarcoma and gastrointestinal cancer patients. Dr. Pisters was with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center from 1992- 1994, serving as Chief Administrative Fellow in the Department of Surgical Oncology.

Dr. Pisters completed internship and residency at New York University School of Medicine Center – Bellevue Hospital. Dr. Pisters is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. He holds an M.SC. in Health Care Management from Harvard University and is a 2015 Executive Fellow in the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology agency.

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