Following a nation-wide recruitment process, Dr. Suzanne Strasberg has been named as board chair for the Canadian Medical Association Board of Directors, effective August 14, 2019.
“The opportunity to help shape the direction of the CMA, to support physicians and to improve health care for Canadians is something almost every doctor would want to participate in and I’m so pleased to be given this opportunity,” explains Dr. Strasberg.
Dr. Strasberg brings with her extensive experience in medicine, medical leadership, and board governance. She has served as a board member with the CMA, and as board chair, board director and president of the Ontario Medical Association.
She is taking on the role of CMA board chair after four years as board chair for MD Financial Holdings Inc., where she developed a deep understanding of the needs of physicians at all stages of their careers.
Current CMA board chair Dr. Brian Brodie, who has served in the role since 2013, says Dr. Strasberg is becoming chair at an exciting time in the CMA’s history.
“The CMA’s 2020 strategic plan has set in motion a new direction for our organization, where we can mobilize to have a real impact at a time when the profession needs it more than ever," he says.
Outside her board chair duties, Dr. Strasberg practises in Toronto as a member of the Jane Finch Family Health Team, where in addition to her clinical work she is responsible for budgets, and the development of the corporations’ business and operational plan. A staff member at the Humber River Regional Hospital, her interests include pediatrics, adolescent medicine, gynecology and palliative care.
She says she’s eager to begin her three-year term.
“The CMA board has a real opportunity to support the medical community and to help shape the health care landscape in Canada.”
Dr. Strasberg will begin her term in August 2019.