HWMH
Haldimand War Memorial Appoints New Lead Physician
NEWS RELEASE
May 5, 2017

Haldimand War Memorial Appoints New Lead Physician

DUNNVILLE - Haldimand War Memorial Hospital (HWMH) has a new chief of staff. The appointment of Dr. Tom Stewart was recently confirmed by the hospital’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Stewart will oversee medical quality of care through the Medical Advisory Committee, and provide overall medical leadership to the hospital. As the organization’s lead physician, he will be making significant contributions to the hospital’s Senior Management Team and as an ex officio member of the Board of Directors.

“We could not be more delighted with Dr. Stewart’s appointment,” says board chair Deanna Williams. “Dr. Stewart has already had a remarkable career as a medical leader, academic, and as an administrator, and we feel very fortunate that he was willing to serve our community as the HWMH chief of staff.”

“I have already started to meet individually with members of the hospital’s medical staff and am extremely impressed with the culture and strong sense of teamwork,” says Dr. Stewart. “My job is to build on these strengths and do what I can to support the work of our physicians in providing the highest quality of medical care.”

Dr. Stewart will be working at HWMH part time. He is taking on his new responsibility in addition to his roles as chief of staff at both the Niagara Health System and St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton and as Professor of Medicine at McMaster University. “His broad experience in other, larger hospitals in our LHIN will serve to help strengthen patient care in Dunnville,” Williams says.

Dr. Stewart completed his MD with honours at University of Ottawa in 1988. He is a specialist in internal medicine and critical care. He was a Professor of Medicine and Anaesthesiology at University of Toronto, where he worked as a critical care physician at Mount Sinai Hospital and University Health Network. Dr. Stewart has held a number of leadership roles including: physician-in-chief and chief clinical officer at Mount Sinai Hospital, and director of Critical Care Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital and University Health Network.

He was a key developer and implementer of Ontario’s Critical Care Strategy and has received multiple honours, awards and grants. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and is a regular invited presenter at national and international conferences. In his numerous roles, Dr. Stewart has championed initiatives to improve efficiency, the patient experience, safety, cost-control and flow. He has also led an initiative to train leadership and management skills to health care professionals, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Stewart succeeds Dr. Darrell Baker who held the post of chief of staff from 2011 to 2016, and Dr. Haibo Xu who served in an interim role for the past year.