Dr. Robert HowardMD, MBA, President and CEO, St. Michael’s Hospital
Robert (Bob) Howard is the president and Chief Executive Officer of St. Michael’s Hospital, a teaching and research hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. Affectionately known as the Urban Angel, St. Michael’s is renowned for providing exceptional care to homeless, disadvantaged and the province’s most critically ill patients.
Dr. Howard is a cardiologist with a passion for excellence in healthcare management and a vision for quality improvement and innovation. He has made it a cornerstone of the hospital’s strategic plan and his work in this area is setting the benchmark across Ontario.
Under Dr. Howard’s leadership, St. Michael’s officially opened the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and the Keenan Research Centre. The hospital has also begun construction on a major transformation project, which will include the 17-storey Peter Gilgan patient care tower, and extensive renovations like the expanded state-of-the-art Slaight Family Emergency Department. This revitalization of the hospital’s facilities will position it to be the premier critical care hospital in Canada.
Dr. Howard is also active in the broader healthcare community. Notable examples include his roles as chair of the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN) and executive member of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO). He is also a board member for the Michener Institute of Technology, the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC) and the Health Force Ontario Marketing and Recruitment Agency (HFO-MRA).
Dr. Howard has an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from the University of Toronto, a medical degree from McMaster University, and an executive MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto.