David Naylor

For the Medal of Honor recipient, see David J. Naylor.
David Naylor
15th President of the University of Toronto
In office
October 1, 2005  October, 2013
Preceded by Vivek Goel (Acting)
Frank Iacobucci (Interim)
Robert Birgeneau
Succeeded by Meric Gertler
Personal details
Born Christopher David Naylor
(1954-10-26) October 26, 1954
Woodstock, Ontario, Canada
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma mater University of Toronto
University of Oxford
Profession Professor
Website Office of the President

Christopher David Naylor, OC FRCPC FRSC (born October 26, 1954) is a Canadian physician, medical researcher and former president of the University of Toronto.

Life and career

Naylor was born in Woodstock, Ontario. A Rhodes Scholar, Naylor received an MD from the University of Toronto in 1978, proceeding to Hertford College, Oxford, where he earned a D.Phil in 1983 in the Department of Social and Administrative Studies. He completed work in internal medicine and clinical epidemiology at the University of Western Ontario and Toronto and joined the academic staff of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1987.

Naylor developed the proposal for the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in 1991 and served as the Institute's President and Chief Executive Officer from its inception in 1992 until June 1998.

Naylor was appointed Dean of Medicine and Vice Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions, of the University of Toronto in 1999. He was named Chair of the National Advisory Committee on SARS and Public Health, 2003, following the outbreak of SARS in Canada.[1]

The appointment of Naylor as president of the University of Toronto was announced on 26 April 2005. He replaced acting president Vivek Goel who in turn had replaced interim president Frank Iacobucci, who himself took over after the departure of Robert Birgeneau. Naylor officially took office on October 1, 2005.

On July 25, 2006, it was announced that Naylor had been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.[2] He was appointed on April 6, 2006, and his investiture took place on February 9, 2007.[3]

On June 24, 2014, Naylor was appointed by Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, as Chair of the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation. The Panel's report, Unleashing Innovation: Excellence for Healthcare in Canada was delivered in July 2015.[4]


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