Announcement: The Department of Family Medicine seeks applications for the Dr. Ian McWhinney Chair in Family Medicine

The Department of Family Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, is seeking applications for the Dr. Ian McWhinney Chair in Family Medicine. Candidates must hold an MD or equivalent and practice as a family physician. Candidates must also hold certification or be eligible for certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada and be eligible for licensure in the Province of Ontario.

The Dr. Ian McWhinney Chair in Family Medicine was established to honour Dr. McWhinney who was the first Professor of Family Medicine in Canada and the first Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. The Chair has a term of five years, renewable once.

We are looking to attract a family physician with at least 10 years of experience and with an established research program, excellent publication record and grant success. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated excellence in Family Medicine, Primary Care and/or Health Services Research and a strong knowledge of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodology. The successful candidate will be appointed to fit the Academic Role Category, (ARC), of clinician researcher or clinician scientist in the Department of Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, depending on academic record. This is a continuing appointment. The successful candidate will also be expected to provide some teaching within the Department’s Graduate Studies program, consistent with the Academic Role Category.

The Department of Family Medicine is an academic leader of family medicine in Canada. The Department is committed to developing exemplary family physicians and future leaders in healthcare through clinical excellence, professional education, administrative leadership and robust research. The Ian McWhinney Chair Holder will conduct research within the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine,(CSFM), a world-renowned centre for primary care research within the Department of Family Medicine. The CSFM specializes in interdisciplinary research in family medicine, primary care, health systems, and community health in order to transform the health and care of patients, providers and the population.

Western is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has a long history of excellence in health care research. Western has a full range of academic and professional programs for over 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university campus is in London, Ontario with a metropolitan census of approximately 530,000, located midway between Toronto and Windsor. London boasts an international airport, galleries, theatre, music and sporting events and is located close to several lakes and facilities for outdoor activities ( Western’s Recruitment and Retention Office is available to assist in the transition of successful applicants and their families to the university and city.

Interested candidates should submit an application including a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, names and addresses of three references, and please ensure that the form available at: is included with your application to:, Dr. Stephen Wetmore Chair, Department of Family Medicine WCPHFM – 1st Floor, Western University, London Ontario N6G 2M1

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin after March 1, 2021.

The successful candidate will be expected to fill the position starting July 1, 2021.

Business Addresses:
Department of Family Medicine, Western Centre for Public Health & Family Medicine, 1465 Richmond St, 1st. Floor, London ON N6G 2M1,
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry,
Western University, 1151 Richmond Street, N., London, Ontario N6A 5B8,
London Health Sciences Centre, 800 Commissioners Road E., London Ontario, N6A 5W9,
St. Joseph’s Health Care London, 268 Grosvenor Street, London Ontario, N6A 4V2,

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Linda Gough at