Wellesley Institute is pleased to welcome new Board Chair, Dr. Danielle Martin.
Dr. Danielle Martin is a practicing family physician in Toronto. She is also Vice President, Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions at Women’s College Hospital (WCH).
Danielle is passionate about improving health at the individual and the system level. She holds a Masters in Public Policy and is Associate Professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She is an active medical educator and participates on a variety of research teams.
Danielle has become a leader in the debate over the future of healthcare in Canada.
She is a strong advocate for improving equitable access to care. In her first year of practice she helped to launch Canadian Doctors for Medicare, the voice for Canadian physicians who want to improve Canada’s publicly funded health care system.
In January 2017, Penguin Random House Canada released Danielle’s first book, Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve the Health of All Canadians. Told through the stories of patients in the Canadian health care system, Better Now offers an honest assessment of what works and what doesn’t in the system, and how we can improve it in ways that honour our values.
Along with Dr. Pierre-Gerlier Forest, Danielle was asked by Federal Minister of Health the Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor to complete an external review of the eight pan-Canadian Health Organizations. Their summary report was released in March 2018 and has sparked a re-think of the role of the federal government in health care.
In June 2018, Danielle was named Academic Family Physician of the Year at the University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto’s west end with her partner Steven and their daughter Isa.
Wellesley Institute is excited to have Dr. Martin join the Board of Directors and welcomes her leadership in advancing urban health in the GTA.