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Robert Reid

Adjunct Scientist ICES UofT Populations & Public Health Research Program


Dr. Robert Reid is chief scientist at the Institute for Better Health (IBH) and senior vice-president of science at Trillium Health Partners (THP). As one of the largest community hospital systems in Canada with a diverse and growing population, THP’s mission is to create a new kind of healthcare for a healthier community. IBH, THP’s embedded research and innovation engine, focuses on generating cutting-edge science and innovation on novel ways to engage, design, deliver and finance healthcare, and on creating partnerships with patients, caregivers and our community in the pursuit of improving population health.

Dr. Reid received his medical degree from the University of Alberta and completed a Master’s Degree in epidemiology and a PhD in Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a global expert and thought leader in population health, learning health systems, and primary care finance. He is best known for his seminal work in developing and evaluating the ‘patient-centred medical home’ at Group Health Cooperative, now Kaiser Permanente, in Seattle, Washington. In this pioneering model, team-based care is integrated and streamlined to improve quality, patient experience and yield cost savings. He is also internationally acclaimed for his research to develop and test population-based innovations in primary care delivery, prevention services and chronic care. Dr. Reid is currently providing leadership and expertise in the re-design of Ontario’s healthcare system through the newly introduced Ontario Health Teams initiative.

Dr. Reid holds academic appointments as professor at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and the Department of Family and Community Medicine. He is also a professor at the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, at McMaster University. He holds appointments as affiliate investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute and affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

A fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, he has lectured nationally and internationally on the organization, financing and delivery of care – from the Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, and Harvard to Ottawa, London and Auckland. Dr. Reid has published over 150 articles in refereed journals and has delivered over 150 scientific and policy invited presentations.

  • PhD, Health Policy & Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • MPH, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • MD, University of Alberta
  • Health services research
  • Primary care
  • Health economics
  • Implementation science
  • Chief Scientist, Institute for Better Health
  • Senior Vice President, Science, Trillium Health Partners
  • Professor (Status only), Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Professor (Status only), Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
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