Chief, Department of Psychiatry & Medical Director, Mental Health and Addictions Program

Lakeridge Health (LH) is one of Ontario's largest community hospitals, serving people across Durham Region and beyond. With five hospital sites and four Emergency Rooms, LH serves a diverse population. Durham Region families rely on LH for their health care needs, including our adult and children's mental health and addiction services, our leading regional cancer centre, and many other programs and services. LH is one of the largest employers in Durham Region, with approximately 800 Privileged Staff and 6000 nurses and other health care staff.  We also boast having over 1,400 amazing adult and student volunteers.  Lakeridge Health’s vision of “One System, Best Health” has positioned us to lead and innovate in health system redesign.

Lakeridge Health is seeking a Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director, Mental Health and Addictions Program to lead the collegial Department and comprehensive Program with a focus on clinical, operational, academic, and strategic leadership.

The Chief, under the general direction of the Chief of Staff, is responsible for the professional practice and quality of care provided by the physicians within the Department of Psychiatry in a manner that is consistent with the Hospital’s Core Values and Leadership and Management Competencies. The Medical Director, accountable to the Vice President of Medical and Academic Affairs, will co-manage our Mental Health and Addictions Program with the Administrative Director.  You will be partnering and leveraging the Quadruple Aim framework for health system redesign to lead and further develop this expansive Program. You will be engaging and leading the medical staff in your department in the development and implementation of the goals, strategic directions, and academic advancement of the Program.

Building on Lakeridge Health’s expertise and leveraging our recent integration with Durham Mental Health Services, you will have a unique opportunity to co-lead and truly build a connected system of mental health and addictions for Durham Region.

A trusted clinician and physician leader, the Chief and Medical Director must be an outstanding collaborator and communicator, promoting the mission and vision of the Department of Psychiatry and of the organization. The successful candidate will be supported to pursue faculty appointments with our Academic Partners and will facilitate the academic advancement of the Department members, including the support of research and education initiatives.

Experience in leadership roles in complex health care organizations is an important prerequisite for this position.  The successful applicant must be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and will be an experienced psychiatrist who holds Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (or equivalent) certification in Psychiatry.

Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to send a letter of interest and CV to: Dr. G. Buldo, MD, FRCPC, MHCM, VP, Medical and Academic Affairs, Lakeridge Health, 1 Hospital Court, Oshawa, ON, L1G 2B9.  Tel:  (905) 576-8711 x33720.   E-ail:

LH will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact the Medical Affairs Office.