Macdonald-Laurier InstituteOTTAWA, ON (November 14, 2018): MLI is pleased to welcome our newest Munk Senior Fellow, Dr. Shawn Whatley.

Having served as the past President of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), Dr. Whatley brings wide-ranging knowledge and experience to MLI in the field of healthcare policy. He is also the author of the highly-praised book on how to fix emergency wait times in Canada, No More Lethal Waits.

"Dr. Shawn Whatley’s unique and exceptional skill set is exactly the kind of leading expertise that MLI relies on,” said MLI Managing Director, Dr. Brian Lee Crowley.

"With deep knowledge of both frontline care and administrative systems, he is one of the few elite experts in Canada who can speak intelligently to the need for healthcare reform in Canada. His extensive writing and commentary on this subject already plays a key role in promoting better public policy in Canadian healthcare.”

Much of Shawn’s early career was spent in leadership in emergency medicine (Chief then Medical Program Director), where he gained valuable insights into what was and was not working in the Canadian healthcare system. Shawn’s work has also covered a broad swath of medicine and health, including serving as a coroner and work in a vein clinic, nuclear cardiac stress testing, clinical trials, and cardiac surgical assisting.

At present, he runs a small rural family practice and is a frequent commentator on health issues in Canada.

Based on his experience and credentials, Shawn is "the perfect example of what we look for in Munk Senior Fellows at MLI," said Dr. Crowley.

Dr. Whatley’s most recent commentary has focused on the patient-provider relationship, the role of innovation in health, the harms of overregulation, and the need to rely on the expertise of front-line workers when seeking to improve healthcare.

For more information media are invited to contact:

Brett Byers-Lane
Communications and Digital Media Manager
613-482-8327 x105
brett.byers-lane@macdonaldlaurier.ca