About the UHN & DLSPH Health Policy Blog

Like every other domain of science, health care leaders must manage the onslaught of new evidence and insight. The number of papers published each month that describe what to do or what not to do to improve health care would overwhelm even the most diligent student, let alone busy a busy manager or policy advisor.

Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, Dean of the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), and Dr. Kevin Smith, President & CEO of University Health Network, also experience this time crunch and want to help by unpacking new health system research. Over the next year, they are going to pick a paper each month and use that paper as an opportunity to talk about how our health system is changing and what we can do to help or guide that transformation.

About Dr. Kevin Smith


Dr. Kevin Smith is President & CEO of University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest academic health sciences centre. Dr. Smith has spent his career at the interface of the University and Research Hospital and is passionately committed to the mission of education, research and exemplary clinical care. He is also a pioneer in advancing integrated care models spanning the continuum of health and social services.

Dr. Smith is a Professor, Institute for Medical Sciences, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), Rotman School of Management and at the De Groote School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, McMaster University. He currently serves as Chair, Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario and was privileged to serve in many past roles including Chair, The Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Hospital Association and as a frequent advisor to governments and the private sector.

About Professor Adalsteinn Brown

Adalsteinn Brown

Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown is the Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Past roles include Director of U of T’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and senior leadership roles in policy and strategy within the Ontario Government, founding roles in start-up companies, and extensive work on performance measurement. He received his undergraduate degree in government from Harvard University and his doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.