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September 20, 2013

SickKids appoints new President and CEO

new CEO

Following a comprehensive, international search, the Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael Apkon, MBA, MD, PhD to the position of President and CEO at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Dr. Apkon will assume his new responsibilities early in 2014, following the retirement of Mary Jo Haddad, who has served as President and CEO for the past ten years.

Dr. Apkon is currently the Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and the Chief Medical Officer for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  He is also a Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania and a practising Paediatric Intensive Care specialist. Prior to joining CHOP, he was the Vice President and Executive Director at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Associate Professor in Paediatrics at Yale School of Medicine and the Yale School of Management.

“Dr. Apkon is a well-respected, talented and visionary leader who has an impressive history of achievement at one of the top children’s hospitals in North America,” says Bob Harding, Chair, SickKids Board of Trustees. “We are proud that we have been able to attract him to SickKids, to lead our great organization into a very exciting future.”

In his current capacity as Chief Medical Officer at CHOP, Dr. Apkon is responsible for:  leading clinical quality and safety improvement efforts across the delivery network; overseeing measures to maintain hospital accreditation and regulatory compliance; and providing executive oversight for operations in the Cardiac Centre, as well as Medical Staff Affairs for CHOP including its hospital affiliates and primary care networks.

“I am thrilled to be joining such a prestigious organization at a very exciting time in its history,” says Dr. Apkon. “SickKids has a world-class reputation and is the envy of many children’s hospitals around the world. The health-care system in Canada holds many opportunities, and I look forward to working within an innovative, collaborative environment that is committed to advancing children’s health through exemplary clinical care, breakthrough research and teaching excellence.”
Many of Dr. Apkon’s professional efforts have focused on improving clinical effectiveness, safety, and operational improvements. Research interests relate to the use of Decision Support Informatics Technology to enhance safety, and the application of operations management tools such as queuing theory and simulation to enhance performance.

“Dr. Apkon’s experience at one of North America’s leading children’s hospitals will benefit SickKids in many ways,” says Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO of SickKids.  “His deep commitment to quality, improvement and innovation, within the paediatric health-care setting, will continue to enhance the health outcomes of children here in Ontario.”

Dr. Apkon has a BSc in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University, an MD and PhD from Washington University School of Medicine, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

About The Hospital for Sick Children
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is recognized as one of the world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions and is Canada’s leading centre dedicated to advancing children’s health through the integration of patient care, research and education. Founded in 1875 and affiliated with the University of Toronto, SickKids is one of Canada’s most research-intensive hospitals and has generated discoveries that have helped children globally.  Its mission is to provide the best in complex and specialized family-centred care; pioneer scientific and clinical advancements; share expertise; foster an academic environment that nurtures health-care professionals; and champion an accessible, comprehensive and sustainable child health system. SickKids is proud of its vision for Healthier Children. A Better World. For more information, please visit www.sickkids.ca.

For more information, please contact: 

Matet Nebres
The Hospital for Sick Children