Vice Dean, Partnerships
An ideal and preferred partner. A gateway to and for the world.
The Faculty of Medicine is, and will continue to be, a leading destination for researchers, educators and learners. The Office of the Vice Dean, Partnerships oversees the Faculty's outward-facing relationships including affiliated hospitals, Canadian and international institutions and organizations, and with all levels of government. The Vice Dean collaborates closely with University and affiliated hospital partners and other stakeholders to advance the Faculty’s mission and strategic priorities and to advocate for patients, families and the communities we serve by translating knowledge on health, well-being and illness prevention.
Lynn Wilson, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Vice Dean, Partnerships
Prof. Lynn Wilson completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University, and her medical degree and postgraduate training at the University of Toronto. She has been practicing as a comprehensive family physician since 1986.
Prior to being named Vice Dean, Partnerships, Prof. Wilson served as Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto. With over 1200 faculty members, it is the largest family medicine department in Canada. DFCM has thrived under Prof. Wilson’s leadership, with expanded graduate programs and fellowship offerings, four new research chairs, and new programs such as the Family Medicine Longitudinal Experience, the Office of Education Scholarship and DFCM Open, an online platform for family doctors to share resources and information. DFCM has also experienced significant growth in its international activities, most notably through its array of professional development opportunities for primary care physicians from around the world.
Prof. Wilson has also played a leadership role through her work with some of the Faculty’s key partners. From 2002 to 2007, she was a member of the Physician Services Committee for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care where she helped to lead primary care renewal in the province of Ontario. Since 2011, Dr. Wilson has been the co-director of BRIDGES, a Ministry of Health funded project to support the design and implementation of innovative models of care that promote integration in the healthcare system. Her current global health work in the Department includes working with medical faculty at Addis Ababa University to implement a first-ever family medicine residency program in Ethiopia.
On January 1, 2016, Prof. Wilson began her term as the Vice Dean, Partnerships in Faculty of Medicine. In this capacity, she is responsible for the Faculty’s ongoing relationships with nine fully affiliated hospitals and 18 community-affiliated hospitals and health facilities, as well as government, community organizations and international collaborators.
Prof. Wilson practices family medicine at the Women’s College Hospital Family Health Team in Toronto. Her clinical interests include palliative care, addiction medicine, obstetrics and global health.