John Lavis (he | him)
John is committed to supporting government policymakers and organizational leaders in strengthening health and social systems and in getting the right programs, services, and products to the people who need them. He is the Founder and Director of McMaster Health Forum, and Co-Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Evidence-Informed Policy. He is also Co-Lead of the Global Commission on Evidence to Address Societal Challenges, the COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making (COVID-END), and Rapid-Improvement Support and Exchange (RISE), the latter of which supports the implementation of the Ontario Health Team model. He holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Support Systems and is a professor in the departments of Health Evidence and Impact and of Political Science at McMaster University, as well as an adjunct professor at the Africa Centre for Evidence at the University of Johannesburg. As a physician he worked in many of Toronto’s large HIV primary-care practices and in one of Canada’s largest prisons. He has co-chaired the board of directors for the AIDS Committee of Toronto, Fife House, and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network. John holds an MD from Queen's University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a PhD (in Health Policy) from Harvard University. He brings local health-system experience, academic excellence, and domestic and global policy expertise to his position as Co-Chair of HQ’s board of directors.