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Dr. Stephen Hwang appointed new director of Centre for Research on Inner City Health

Toronto, June 17, 2015

Dr. Stephen Hwang
Dr. Stephen Hwang

The search is over.

Dr. Stephen Hwang has accepted the position of director for the Centre for Research on Inner City Health of St. Michael’s Hospital. He will begin the role on July 1. 

Dr. Hwang joined St. Michael’s in 1996 and has become recognized as a world leader in urban health solutions. He holds the world’s first endowed research chair for homelessness, housing and health. 

An expert in leading multi-disciplinary research groups, Dr. Hwang’s community-based research is grounded in strong partnerships with community stakeholders. One notable example of his collaborative work is the At Home/Chez Soi study, which involved many St. Michael’s clinicians and scientists, as well as partners across Canada.

“As a clinician, researcher and person, Stephen reflects and embodies St. Michael’s values,” said Dr. Art Slutsky, vice-president of Research, St. Michael’s Hospital. “I have no doubt that he will maintain the course CRICH and St. Michael’s are on to becoming world leaders in urban health.”

In addition to his research, Dr. Hwang is an attending staff physician in general internal medicine at St. Michael’s and a clinician with the Inner City Family Health Team at Seaton House – one of Canada’s largest homeless shelters for men.

Dr. Patricia O’Campo has been director of CRICH since 2004. Her second five-year term leading one of St. Michael’s major research programs concluded June 30, 2014 and she graciously stayed on as director of CRICH until a successor was found.

Dr. O’Campo will continue contributing to St. Michael’s research as the hospital’s chair in Inter-sectoral Solutions to Urban Health Problems.

“I would like to thank Pat for her leadership while at the helm of CRICH,” said Dr. Andreas Laupacis, executive director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s. “For more than a decade Dr. O’Campo has led the development of one of the world’s top evidence-based research centres. Under her guidance, CRICH became known for advancing systems of care and improving outcomes for some of the most vulnerable populations in Toronto and around the globe.”

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.