Dr. Sarita Verma is the dean, president and CEO of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine as of July 1, 2019. She was the vice-president, education at the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada and is a professor emerita in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
Until January 2016, she was the associate vice-provost, relations with health care institutions and special advisor to the dean of medicine at the University of Toronto. Formerly the deputy dean of the Faculty of Medicine (2008-2015) and associate vice-provost, health professions education (2010-2015), she is a family physician who originally trained as a lawyer at the University of Ottawa (1981) and later completed her medical degree at McMaster University (1991). She has been a diplomat in Canada’s Foreign Service and worked with UNHCR in Sudan and Ethiopia for several years.
Dr. Verma is the 2006 recipient of the Donald Richards Wilson Award in medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; the 2009 co-recipient of the May Cohen Gender Equity Award from the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada and the 2016 recipient of the Charles Mickle Fellowship from the University of Toronto for excellence in medical education. From 2009-2011, she was one of the lead consultants for the Future of Medical Education in Canada Postgraduate project. From 2011 to 2015, she was the Co-lead for the Canadian Interprofessional Health Leadership Collaborative (CIHLC) at the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education and was a key member of the Association of Academic Health Centers International Steering Committee.
She currently sits on the Board of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada and has recently been named to the Board of the Health Sciences Network Research Institute in Sudbury. For many years she was a governor of the South Eastern Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO) which is the governance in Kingston of the Queen’s University Alternate Funding Plan. For six years she held the position of governor at the University of Toronto. She has been a board member of several teaching hospitals, namely the Women’s College Hospital, North York General Hospital, Trillium Health Partners the Michener Institute, Associated Medical Services and a member of and Chair of the Board of the National Canadian Residency Matching Service.