2019 Shields Lecturer

Dr. DanielDM-shieldsle Martin MD, CCFP, FCFP, MPP
Executive Vice-President & Chief Medical Executive, WCH Institute for Health System and Virtual Care

Danielle Martin is a family physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto.  She practices in the Family Practice Health Centre at Women's College Hopital (WCH) where she is also the Executive Vice-President & Chief Medical Executive and was the former Vice-President Medical Affairs & Health System Solutions.

Danielle's policy expertise and passion for equity have made her a leader in the debate over the future of Canada's health care system, as well as abroad. In February 2018, she was the lead author on a Lancet paper entitled 'Canadas universal health-care system: achieving it's potential, highlighting the biggest opportunities to improve access and quality for millions of Canadians today.  In 2017, she was asked by the federal Minister of Health to participate in a national review of eight major federally funded Pan-Canadian Health Organizations to make reccomendations for their future. That same year, she also voiced her support for Senator Bernie Sanders Medicare For All bill - an act that seeks to introduce a single-payer system of health care in the U.S.  A strong advocate for removing barrier to care, in 2013 she co-founded the Women's College Hospital Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care - a real-world solutions engine dedicated to solving health-gaps in our system.

She holds a Masters of Public Policy from the School of Public Policy and Governance at the Unviersity of Toronto.  She has received many honours and awards.  Her national bestselling book Better Now: Big Ideas to Improve Health of all Canadians, was released by Penguin Random House in January 2017.

As a practicing doctor, a hospital administrator, and a policy expert, Danielle offers a unique perspective on health system change. She appears regularly as a medical contributor on CBC television, is a columnist for Chatelaine Magazine and an in-demand speaker on a variety of health and health care topics nationally. In 2017, she was named Toronto Life's Top 50 Influentials list. For more information about her book and her vision for equity and health system change, visit: 6 Big Ideas