Dr. Michael Gardam confirmed to take permanent role as Health PEI CEO

The Health PEI Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Gardam as the permanent CEO for Health PEI.

Dr. Gardam was recommended for the position by the Health PEI Board of Directors following a competitive search. Dr. Gardam has been Interim CEO of Health PEI since the departure of Denise Lewis Fleming last Spring when she took on the role of Deputy Minister for Finance. Previously, Dr. Gardam had been Chief Operating Officer of Health PEI.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with Dr. Gardam. Already, we are seeing exciting changes to our health care system and we look forward to the continued improvements Dr. Gardam will shepherd as the new CEO of Health PEI. I know Dr. Gardam and the Health PEI team will work diligently to implement care in new ways, find innovations and efficiencies, and keep patients, residents, and clients at the centre of care.”

- Health and Wellness Minister, Ernie Hudson

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

“Since joining Health PEI nearly a year ago, Dr. Gardam has contributed greatly in leading the organization toward a more stable and resilient health care system,” said Derek Key, Chair of the Health PEI Board of Directors. “The Board believes that, as a recognized expert in improving health care systems and a collaborative leader, Dr. Gardam is well position to lead the whole Health PEI team to become the best possible Island-wide health system.” 

Dr. Gardam thanked the Board, Minister and Premier King for their confidence in the direction Health PEI is taking and said he intends to capitalize on the momentum Health PEI has built as it shifts toward more accessible, resilient services. 

“Leading a health authority is about finding ways to empower the people who deliver our services – our frontline staff and local administration. This means connecting the whole system to our strategic direction and making sure all members of the Health PEI team are supported and valued,” said Dr. Gardam. “This role brings with it tremendous challenges, but also tremendous opportunities to make real change and improve the health and wellbeing of Islanders. We have a lot of work to do, including focusing on attracting and supporting the staff we need to deliver care. We’ll continue to be transparent about issues we face and engage in conversations with communities to find our best ways forward.”

Dr. Gardam’s appointment is effective immediately.


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 at 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 Master's 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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