Tim Rutledge, MD, CCFP (EM), FCFP

President and CEO

Tim Rutledge, President and CEO, North York General Hospital
Dr. Tim Rutledge, President and CEO of North York General Hospital (NYGH) since 2010, has focused on building a strong values-based culture as a foundation to the hospital's pursuit of excellence in integrated, patient-centred care.

North York General has made great strides over the past years. In 2017 it was the first acute care hospital in Canada to win the  prestigious HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence. In 2011, the hospital became the first large community academic hospital in Ontario to receive international Stage 6 designation from HIMSS Analytics. In 2016 and 2012, NYGH was accredited with Exemplary Standing, the highest designation given by Accreditation Canada.

Continuing its evolution as a leading community academic hospital, in 2014 NYGH appointed the inaugural Gordon F. Cheesbrough Research Chair in Family and Community Medicine; the first of its kind in Canada. Three other research chairs have been appointed since then. North York General is also one of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures and was the first hospital to meet 100% of Ontario's wait time targets for surgery, including cancer surgery.

With a background in Emergency Medicine, Tim has held a number of leadership positions, including Medical Director of the Emergency Services Program at North York General from 1996 to 2007, and Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee from 2002 to 2004, providing important leadership during the SARS epidemic in 2003.

Tim developed a special interest in medical education early in his career. He chaired the committee that developed University of Toronto's first undergraduate course in Emergency Medicine and was the Director of that course from 1995 to 2001. He has been recognized for his work in education with a number of awards including University of Toronto's esteemed W. T. Aikins Award in 1997.

Tim is sought out as a writer and speaker on education, leadership capacity building and physician engagement. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Toronto and a founding member of the Joint Centres for Transformative Health Care, a partnership of six large community hospitals with a goal of sharing innovations focused on improving quality and value in health care.

Updated December 15, 2017