Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith
President & CEO

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Dr. Kevin Smith is President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health System and CEO of the Niagara Health System. With over 12,000 colleagues partnered in clinical care, health professional education and research, and operating dollars in excess of $1.25B, Kevin is privileged to lead one of Canada’s largest and most comprehensive academic health care

Kevin is a Professor (Part Time), Department of Medicine, DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University and is committed to the tripartite mission of outstanding health professional education, scholarly research and innovation, and high quality, evidence driven care. His current areas of interest include technology enabled care across the continuum, aligning economic incentives for high quality care, and the application artificial intelligence in clinical care.

Kevin has been a pioneer of, and leader in, advancing integrated care models, championing this for the Province of Ontario. This work has resulted in the expanded introduction of quality based procedures and bundled funding initiatives by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Educated in Canada, the United States and Great Britain, Dr. Smith began his career in medical education, followed by leadership roles in university administration, academic hospitals and health systems. Kevin is professionally certified in Corporate Governance by the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Harvard Program in Effective Governance. Kevin is a frequent advisor to Governments, Health Care Organisations, the Private Sector and Funders, at home and abroad. Dr. Smith is privileged to Chair the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Chair, the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario. He has served on numerous Boards, Special Committees and Commissions. He is a member of Premier’s Health Results Team.

Kevin has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. Late in 2015 Dr. Smith was honoured by Pope Francis for his contributions to health care by being made a Knight of St. Gregory the Great.