Danielle Martin is Vice-President, Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions at Women's College Hospital (WCH). She is a family physician in the Family Practice Health Centre at WCH and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.
Danielle's focus is on improving health at the system level as well as the individual level. Her clinical work has involved remote northern medicine as well as a current focus on maternity care, and she is an active medical educator.
Danielle's policy expertise and passion for equity have made her an emerging leader in the debate over the future of Canada's health-care system. She holds a Masters of Public Policy from the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. In 2006, her first year in practice, she helped launch Canadian Doctors for Medicare, the voice for Canadian physicians who believe in "a high quality, equitable, sustainable health system built on the best available evidence as the highest expression of Canadians caring for one another". She chaired the board of CDM until May 2013.
"Research and education in the areas of health care policy and health care systems are important means of ensuring that the health needs of communities are met, and also vehicles for achieving social change."
Dr. Martin is a strong advocate for equal access to the things that keep Canadians healthy. In her recent OpEd co-authored with Dr. Ryan Meili, founder of Upstream, ‘Basic Income: Just What the Doctor Ordered,’ Dr. Martin presented the case for a policy aimed at ensuring all Canadians have the incomes necessary to support access to safe housing, education, life-saving medications, among other critical determinants of health. In her appearances on CBC’s The National, she often discusses the social determinants of health as well as the need for equitable access to health care services, including prescription medicines.
A recipient of the Canadian Medical Association Award for Young Leaders, Danielle sat two terms on the Health Council of Canada from 2005-2011. In 2006 the Ontario College of Family Physicians recognized her as one of three New Family Doctors of the Year. She was recently named by the Toronto Star in its list of the "13 People to Watch in 2013."
A list of Dr. Martin's publications can be found here, and a list of her awards, distinctions, convictions and professional focuses can be found here. Danielle also writes a monthly column in Châtelaine Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @.