Dept Chair & Chief Dr. Davy Cheng receives prestigious 2014 CSPE Excellence in Medical Leadership Award

Thursday, March 27, 2014


"2014 CSPE Excellence in Medical Leadership Award” also known as the Chris Carruthers Award

Dr. Cheng is a leader in his field. However, my reason for nominating him [for this award] is his demonstrated leadership ability and commitment to the development of other physician leaders. 
Dr. Cheng was recruited as the academic chair at Western University and the hospital chief for both London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London. At the time of his recruitment there were three very distinct anesthesia business groups. Through his persistent leadership and vision, London now has a cohesive anesthesia department. Dr. Cheng set the standards, both clinically and behaviourly, and held department members accountable.
Dr. Cheng received his CCPE in 2013. He has identified leaders within the department and supported their leadership development through leadership courses and strategic leadership opportunities. He has also nurtured young leaders in the department, supporting their involvement in the Professional Staff Organization by managing their clinical commitments. He is an exceptional leader in developing himself and others.
Gillian Kernaghan, MD, CCFP, FCFP
President and CEO
St. Joseph’s Health Care
London, Ontario


Dr. Cheng graduated from the University of Toronto’s faculty of medicine in 1983 and completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in anesthesia in 1987. A fellowship in cardiovascular anesthesia took him to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Before his current appointment, Dr. Cheng was professor and deputy chief of anesthesiology at Toronto General Hospital, and medical director, Cardiovascular Surgery Program, University Health Network, Toronto. Since 2001, Dr. Cheng has led and transformed the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine in London into one of the top academic anesthesia departments in the world. He doubled the faculty to 80 consultants, 47 residents, and 12 fellows, and the department is fully committed to the strategic plans of the university and hospital in terms of clinical, educational, and research deliverables.

Dr. Cheng is recognized as a world expert in perioperative outcomes and resource utilization in the areas of cardiac surgery, blood management, minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery, and perioperative evidence based medicine. He established the Evidence-Based Perioperative Clinical Outcomes Research Group (EPiCOR) and the Medical Evidence, Decision Integrity, Clinical Impact (MEDICI) Centre at Western and London teaching hospitals and is also responsible for a number of pivotal publications that direct evidence-based clinical and surgical practice.

Dr. Cheng is a recognized health care leader at the forefront of research, practice, and policy. As principal investigator and co-investigator, he has been awarded over $4.7 million in peer-reviewed grants and over $1.7 million in non-peer reviewed grants. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers in high-impact journals and 45 books or chapters.

He has led international multicentre clinical trials and consensus conferences in practice guideline development. Dr. Cheng has been invited to be a visiting professor at over 80 Canadian and international universities and cardiac centres.

Dr. Cheng has been married for over 35 years to his wife Winnie. They have one son, Andrew, who is currently living in Toronto.

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