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Family physician new vice-president, medical affairs at Southlake

Family physician Dr. David Makary brings more than 10 years of leadership experience and community engagement to the position at the Newmarket hospital as of Nov. 1
Dr. David Makary is the new vice-president, medical affairs at Southlake Regional Health Centre as of Nov. 1, 2022.

A Southlake Regional Health Centre family physician with a decade of experience in leadership roles at the Newmarket hospital will be the new vice-president of medical affairs as of Nov. 1.

Dr. David Makary joined Southlake in 2012 as an associate staff physician and has served in several Southlake departments, including emergency, pediatric and general internal medicine, according to a Southlake news release announcing the appointment today.

“I am excited to welcome another fantastic medical leader to Southlake’s senior leadership team,” said Arden Krystal, president and CEO. “Dr. Makary has shown he’s a great collaborator through his work in his family practice, the Southlake Community Ontario Health Team (OHT), and University of Toronto. Combined with his experience and dedication to high-quality patient care, he is a perfect fit for this role as Southlake continues to engage physicians serving in hospital and in the community.”

In the new role, Makary will provide administrative medical leadership as a member of the senior leadership team and will work in collaboration with chief of staff Dr. Charmaine van Schaik, team leaders, and professional staff throughout the organization.

“I am looking forward to working more closely with Dr. Makary as we both move into our new roles,” said van Schaik. “I know we’re both looking forward to collaborating with staff, physicians, and our partners in the community to provide the best care possible to our patients.”

During his time at Southlake, Makary has served as chief of the department of family and community medicine, primary care lead and co-chair of the executive steering committee for the Southlake OHT. He also has experience in quality improvement through his work establishing and growing the Southlake academic family health team’s quality improvement plan. He is a lecturer for the U of T’s department of family and community medicine.

“I’m looking forward to stepping into this role and strengthening our relationships with our physician group, clinical teams and partners to continue to deliver leading-edge care to the patients we serve,” said Makary. “Coming out of the pandemic, health care has never been more important and I hope to help guide the Southlake community through health care’s changing tides for a better patient experience.”