Dr. Robert McMurtry

Dr. Robert McMurtry is the Visiting Assistant Deputy Minister of the Population and Public Health Branch, Health Canada. Dr. McMurtry joined Health Canada in 1999 as the first G.D.W. Cameron Visiting Chair. In this capacity, he provided advice to the Deputy Minister on issues of a scientific nature, and acted as a liaison between the department and the scientific community at large. Prior to joining Health Canada, Dr. McMurtry gained considerable experience in several areas of the health care field. He specialized in orthopaedic and hand surgery, and founded and directed Sunnybrook Medical Centre’s trauma unit. Dr. McMurtry was a Professor and Head of Surgery at the University of Calgary. He also held the position of Head of Surgery for Foothills Hospital until he was appointed, in 1992, to the position of Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (now the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry) at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. McMurtry has published widely and served on many advisory boards and committees, including the Medical Research Council and the Interim Governing Council for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.


Updated May 29, 2001

Last updated: November 2009