Dr. Michael Gardam to be appointed acting CEO for Health PEI

Dr. Michael Gardam will take on duties as Health PEI’s acting CEO, beginning May 8. 

Dr. Gardam was recommended for the position by the Health PEI Board of Directors. In addition, he will continue to provide clinical oversight services as Health PEI’s Infectious Diseases Consultant.

“Dr. Gardam brings with him a distinguished track record of health system leadership and insight, both in Canada and internationally. We are fortunate to have a health leader of his caliber stepping into this role to continue the important work of renewing Health PEI and the province’s health care system to better serve Islanders.”

- Health and Wellness Minister Ernie Hudson

Prior to moving to PEI in late 2020, Dr. Gardam served as the Chief of Staff at Humber River Hospital in Toronto. 

“It has been rewarding to work with Dr. Gardam in his role as Chief Operating Officer over the past months,” said Derek Key, Chair of the Health PEI Board of Directors. “His focus on improving our health care system and continuing the important work we have begun at Health PEI through our reorganization and strategic planning will help ensure we stay on the path toward the best possible Island-wide health system.” 

Minister Hudson and Key both thanked outgoing CEO Denise Lewis Fleming for her service. Lewis Fleming, who is taking on the role of Deputy Minister of Finance, has spent the past 12 years in senior roles within Health PEI, including the past three years as CEO.

“Denise Lewis Fleming has made significant contributions to health care in this province through her leadership over the course of her career at Health PEI, including helping to maneuver the health system through the current COVID-19 crisis,” said Minister Hudson. “While she will be missed within the health authority, we trust her knowledge of the health care system will be an asset as she takes on her new role in Finance.”

The search for the permanent CEO position will commence within the coming weeks through a competitive hiring process. 


Dr. Michael Gardam MSc, MD, CM, MSc, FRCPC, CHE

Dr. Gardam is a pioneer of using complexity science-based approaches, including ‘Positive Deviance’ and ‘Front Line Ownership’ to improve patient safety and other complex challenges. 

Dr. Gardam has advised organizations in Canada and internationally. Some of his clients have included the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Hand Hygiene New Zealand, the Irish Health Services Executive, the Maryland Patient Safety Center, the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, as well as numerous hospitals across Canada. 

His interest in physician leadership and organizational culture led him to become Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee at UHN (2015-2017) and Chief of Staff and Humber River Hospital in Toronto (2018-2020). He is currently Program Director of the York University Schulich School of Business Healthcare Leadership Development Program and an instructor for the Physician Leadership Institute of Joule (Canadian Medical Association). Education clients have included the Ontario Medical Association, the Medical Society of Prince Edward Island, Doctors of BC and a Toronto hospital consortium.  

As past Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the University Health Network (2001-2016), past Director of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control at Public Health Ontario (2008 – 2010), and a former Director at Infection Prevention and Control Canada (2009-2015), he has worked to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in healthcare settings and the community.

Dr. Gardam is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and has published more than 120 scientific works. He holds Masters degrees from McGill University and the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in infectious diseases.

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Everton McLean
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