Dr David Naylor

David Naylor has been President of the University of Toronto since 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. Prof. 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).

Prof. 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. He has also been active as a policy advisor to governments in Canada and abroad for 25 years. Among other contributions, Prof. 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. More recently, he was a member in 2009-10 of the Global Commission on the Education of Health Professionals for the 21st Century; and in 2010-11, served on the federal Review of R&D Spending in Canada.

Professor 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 for excellence in research and leadership in clinical medicine, public policy, public health, and healthcare.

The appointment of David Naylor as president of the University of Toronto was announced on 26 April 2005. He replaced acting president Vivek Goel who in turn had replaced interim president Frank Iacobucci, who himself took over after the departure of Robert Birgeneau. David Naylor officially took office on October 1, 2005.