Lakeridge Health Announces New Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief, Academic Affairs and Research

Posted on Thursday February 09, 2023
Dr. Nadia Ismiil

DURHAM REGION – Lakeridge Health is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Nadia Ismiil as the new Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief, Academic Affairs and Research, effective February 6, 2023.

Dr. Ismiil is an accomplished medical leader with close to a decade of leadership experience. She joined Lakeridge Health in 2019 as a Laboratory Medicine Physician and the Department Chief, Laboratory Medicine and Medical Director, Laboratory Medicine Program. She has extensive experience in research and education, and during her tenure at Lakeridge Health has led the transformation of Diagnostic Pathology into a subspecialized model and strengthened the Laboratory Medicine quality management system.

“We’re so pleased that Dr. Ismiil will be taking on these two new, key medical leadership roles within Lakeridge Health,” said Cordelia Clarke Julien, Board Chair, Lakeridge Health. “Dr. Ismiil’s strong leadership experience, commitment to quality of care, demonstrated success in medical leadership development, and success in relationship-building within our community and influence at Lakeridge Health makes her well-positioned to help us achieve our vision of One System. Best Health.”

Prior to joining Lakeridge Health, Dr. Ismiil was the Chief and Division Head of Anatomic Pathology at Sunnybrook Hospital. During her time at Sunnybrook, she led the development of an innovative leadership development program, structured around a culture of respectful relationships and the provision of core and advanced medical leadership competencies for the interprofessional team.

“A passionate and transformative leader, Dr. Ismiil inspires our entire team with her passion for clinical excellence, guided by the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility,” said Dr. Randy Wax, Chief of Staff, Lakeridge Health. “Dr. Ismiil brings extensive experience in academics and research that fits perfectly with our expanded partnership with Queen’s University to create a satellite medical campus here in Durham Region. At Lakeridge Health, we are extremely grateful for her commitment to developing future medical leaders – many who continue to enjoy successful careers in medical leadership.”

Dr. Ismiil has been long involved in translational research, with more than thirty peer-reviewed publications. She has also spent years involved with medical education, working as the Site Director of the Residency Program of Pathology at Sunnybrook, as well as in the role of Remediation Coordinator, supporting and coordinating medical residents facing significant challenges in completing their program.

Dr. Ismiil has successfully completed a Master’s Certificate in Healthcare Management at the Schulich School of Business, York University, and went on to complete a Master’s in Management from McGill University’s International Master’s in Health Leadership Program.


About Lakeridge Health

With five hospitals, four emergency departments, three critical care units, a long-term care home, a full range of medical and surgical specialties, and more than 20 community health-care locations, Lakeridge Health offers some of the broadest and most comprehensive range of acute care, ambulatory care, and long-term care services in Ontario.

Lakeridge Health is home to several regional specialty centres and services, including the Central East Regional Cancer Program, R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre, The Shoulder Centre, and eye care and chronic kidney disease services. Additionally, we are proud to serve our community with a full suite of inpatient, ambulatory, and community-based mental health and addictions services, as well as provide safe, high-quality, compassionate care in our state-of-the-art long-term care home, Lakeridge Gardens.

Guided by our vision of One System. Best Health. and supported by a dedicated team of more than 7,700 staff, physicians, and volunteers, Lakeridge Health is working in collaboration with its Durham Ontario Health Team, primary care, and community partners to foster a truly integrated, regional system of care. Together, we are focused on empowering people to live their best health and fostering an accessible, inclusive, and equitable environment for all.


For information contact:

Sharon Navarro

Manager, Public Relations and Digital Communications

Lakeridge Health