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Hyland shares insights with Parker on new Physician-in-chief role

Toronto, February 26, 2010

President and CEO Bob Howard recently paid tribute to outgoing Physician-in-chief, Bob Hyland:

"Bob has been an important part of the St. Michael's family since he joined in 1998 as part of the merger with the Wellesley Hospital. In the past decade, he has been instrumental in making St. Michael's the place it is today. Bob was an essential ingredient in making our merger a success and a pivotal force in growing and strengthening the best of what we do - teach, innovate and heal."

"Under his leadership, Medicine has grown to 122 staff physicians. It has become the first or second choice for residents, and research grants have grown ten-fold. Our research and education capacities in Medicine are as great as any academic health science centre in Canada. As a result, our Medicine staff are producing enviable science, developing model clinicians and capturing distinguished accolades and awards."

"For his outstanding contribution, he has been honoured with the Wightman Professorship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2002 and the Council Award for being the Ontario’s “Ideal Physician” in 2008 from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario."

Bob will continue in his role as researcher, professor and respirologist in the Specialized Complex Care program. He was also recently appointed to the post of Medical Director of Philanthropy by the St. Michael's Foundation to enhance the links between the organization and its fundraising arm.

We asked the outgoing chief of medicine what insights he had for his successor, and queried new chief Tom Parker on his hopes as he takes on the department, and the leadership for educating the next generation of physicians.

Q: Bob, what's your greatest achievement as Physician-in-chief?

BH: I think my greatest achievement has been the growth of the department by the addition of a large group of talented young physicians. They have enhanced our department remarkably in clinical care, research and education. I look forward to seeing them excel as individuals and enhance our reputation for many years to come.

Q: What wisdom would you share with your successor?

BH: St. Michael's has a very special and unique culture. That culture of caring both for our patients but also for each other and all our co-workers is demonstrated daily by members of the department. This above all must be preserved in the years ahead.

Q: Tom, what do you think is the greatest asset you bring to your new role?

TP: I am strongly committed to the unique culture that makes the department of Medicine and St. Michael's Hospital a tremendous place to work. I believe in our mission and values and know that they are critical to guiding my decision-making as chief.

Q: What is your vision for the Department for the next 5 years?

The Department of Medicine's greatest strength is the quality of its people and the tremendous talent recruited under the leadership of Dr. Hyland. We must now commit to ensuring that everyone can reach their personal and professional goals. We are becoming recognized as one of the premier academic departments on North America. In addition to building on our strength's in providing high quality patient care, we must capitalize and support both the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Centre in Health Care Education to achieve international impact in research and education.

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