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Assoc/Full Professor - Canerector Foundation Medical Disorders of Pregnancy Program Chair – Clinical Scientist – Sinai Health- MFM
Assoc/Full Professor - Canerector Foundation Medical Disorders of Pregnancy Program Chair – Clinical Scientist – Sinai Health- MFM

Assoc/Full Professor - Canerector Foundation Medical Disorders of Pregnancy Program Chair – Clinical Scientist – Sinai Health- MFM

25 April 2023

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine, in tandem with the Medical Disorder of Pregnancy Program within the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Sinai Health System, are seeking applicants for the inaugural Canerector Foundation Chair in Medical Disorders in Pregnancy Program. The successful candidate will be resourced to hold an academic position description of Clinician Scientist and must be eligible for a full-time clinical academic appointment at the minimum rank of associate professor at the University of Toronto. Application from individuals at the higher rank of full professor is encouraged and preferred. The initial term of the Chair position will be 5 years with the opportunity for one additional 5-year renewal following a successful review.


Sinai Health is a leader in all aspects of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Neonatology, with one of the largest programs and services in Canada. It is a fully affiliated teaching hospital with the University of Toronto and is associated with the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, an institute of international recognition in which research in women’s and infants’ health forms a major component. The role of the Canerector Foundation Chair will involve active leadership, nationally and internationally, to advance research strategies and knowledge translation in the area of Medical Disorders of Pregnancy.


The Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) at Sinai Health System, a multidisciplinary team of MFM specialists, internists, geneticists, pediatricians, basic scientists, specialist nurses, sonographers and social workers, provides care for the full range of Medical Disorders of Pregnancy, including but not exclusive to obesity medicine, oncology, neurology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, endocrinology, rheumatology, cardiology, and hematology. Other areas of note within the division include our programs in Fetal Diagnosis & Therapy, Fetal Surgery, Prenatal Diagnosis, Placental Disorders, Complex Obstetric Surgery, and the Prevention of Prematurity. The Division services a metropolitan population of more than 6.5 million people. The Division actively collaborates with The Hospital for Sick Children via the newly established Ontario Fetal Centre. The Division has formal affiliations providing MFM services at Trillium Health Partners and Scarborough Health Network.


The desirable qualities of the successful physician candidate holding am MD (or equivalent) degree would ideally include appropriate graduate training at the MSc or PhD level, with a focused research track record in medical disorders of pregnancy as evidenced by a current active and successful research portfolio, successful grant procurement, national/international collaborations and peer-reviewed publications in leading journals. A track record of collaboration, productivity, excellence, and leadership is essential, together with evidence of a track record in graduate student training. Applicants working in any research domain directly relevant to medical disorders in pregnancy are welcomed, including: basic molecular mechanisms, clinical trials, knowledge translation, epidemiology, and population health. Candidates must either be licensed for independent practice, or be eligible for a restricted academic licence, by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Qualified applicants must


either be board-certified (or eligible for certification) in the sub-specialty of MFM by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) or have achieved an equivalent level of nationally regulated sub-specialty training in MFM, in addition to the MD degree.


The Clinician Scientist’s professional time will be allocated as follows:

Clinical care time may take the form of a subspecialty obstetrical clinic focussed on a specific medical disorders domain of pregnancy. Additional activities may include Labor and Delivery coverage, complex interdisciplinary inpatient care, and obstetrical ultrasound reporting. The level of participation in clinical care will be at the discretion of the successful candidate. The successful candidate is expected to participate in all levels of learner instruction, including medical students and post graduate trainees in both Obstetrics & Gynaecology and in Maternal- Fetal Medicine.


Professional time dedicated to research is required to obtain and manage a research group funded by operating grants and will form a significant portion of the scholarly activities. These scholarly activities are anticipated to have an impact at the national and international level.


The successful candidate should be eligible for an appointment at the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and obtain a relevant cross-appointment to fund and access graduate students and/or post-doctoral trainees, in addition to supporting research conducted by clinical trainees.


The successful candidate's remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, with a minimum salary of $250,000. The Chair is required by policy to become a member of the Sinai Health System Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology  academic practice plan and will be entitled to additional support from this plan commensurate with academic and clinical activities.


Applications will be accepted until May 30, 2023, or until the position is filled. Suitably qualified candidates are requested to apply with a letter of interest, and curriculum vitae via email to:  


Dr. Mathew Sermer

Chief, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sinai Health System 700 University Avenue RM 3-911

Toronto ON M5G 1X5



Informal enquiries are welcome and may be directed to either:

Dr. Wendy Whittle, Head, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Sinai Health System (,

Dr. John Kingdom, Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Toronto (


For more information about the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto, please visit our website at