Cynthia Whitehead MD PhD

Director and Scientist - The Wilson Centre
BMO Financial Group Chair in Health Professions Research at University Health Network
Associate Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine
Vice-President Education, Women’s College Hospital

Professor Cynthia Whitehead has been appointed as the BMO Financial Group Chair in Health Professions Research at University Health Network for a five year term, effective January 1, 2016.

 Cynthia Whitehead is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto; Director and Scientist at the Wilson Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto at University Health Network; and the Vice-President Education, Women’s College Hospital. She has held many education leadership positions in medical education at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Whitehead obtained her PhD from the University of Toronto and MD from McMaster University.  Her program of research as a Wilson Centre Scientist focuses on deconstructing ‘truths’ of health professions education to expand our understandings of possibilities for change. Some of Dr. Whitehead’s specific content areas of research interest include globalization of medical education, outcomes-based education, interprofessional education, and the history of medical education.  Dr. Whitehead has been involved in teaching, curriculum design, curricular evaluation and educational administration.  Internationally, she has provided education consultations and worked collaboratively with educators in multiple countries in Africa, Asia, South America, North America and Europe. 

Current Fellows: Joanne GoldmanPatricia Thille, Stasey Tobin, Rene Wong