Office of the Dean

The role of the Dean and the Dean’s Executive Team is to provide strategic leadership for the extensive educational and research activities within the Faculty of Medicine. They also support learners, graduates, faculty, staff and partners to be an unparalleled force for new knowledge, better health and equity.


Salvatore Spadafora, MD, FRCPC, MHPE
Acting Dean, Faculty of Medicine 
University of Toronto

Prof Sal SpadiforaProfessor Salvatore (Sal) Spadafora is currently the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, in addition to serving since 2015 as the Vice Dean, Post MD Education overseeing Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at the University of Toronto. Under his guidance, the Faculty’s Post MD activities has excelled in the areas of academic oversight, program governance, and the financial management including clinical fellowships and training agreements. He is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto and an anesthesiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He previously served as Vice Dean PGME at the University of Toronto and Associate Dean, PGME at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University.

Dr. Spadafora received his MD from the University of Toronto, followed by Royal College FRCPC Anesthesiology Specialty training at Western University. He also completed his Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Spadafora has distinguished himself as a leader in medical education as a past Program Director for the Western Univeristy’s Royal College Anesthesiology and CFPC Family Medicine-Anesthesia residency programs; and, nationally as a member of important leadership committees of the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Spadafora has advocated effectively and tirelessly for medical education to benefit Canadian patient populations with respect to fiscal and human resources, education methodology and technology, and the social mission of medical education including developing strategies to integrate education in urban and small community sites. He has developed models of inter-professional education and assessment and integration of international medical graduates provincially.