David Naylor

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David Naylor

15th President of the University of Toronto
In office
October 1, 2005 (2005-10-01) – October 2013 (2013-10)
ChancellorVivienne Poy
David Peterson
Michael Wilson
Preceded byVivek Goel (Acting)
Frank Iacobucci (Interim)
Robert Birgeneau
Succeeded byMeric Gertler
Personal details
Christopher David Naylor

(1954-10-26) October 26, 1954 (age 65)
Woodstock, Ontario, Canada
ResidenceToronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
University of Oxford
Awards2018 Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research[1]
WebsiteOffice of the President
Academic work
Sub-disciplinePublic Health
InstitutionsUniversity of Toronto
Main interestsCanadian health care

Christopher David Naylor, OC FRCPC FRSC (born October 26, 1954) is a Canadian physician, medical researcher and former president of the University of Toronto. He is ICES scientist emeritus and founding CEO.[2] In 2016, he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Naylor was born in Woodstock, Ontario. A Rhodes Scholar, Naylor received an MD from the University of Toronto in 1978, proceeding to Hertford College, Oxford, where he earned a D.Phil in 1983 in the Department of Social and Administrative Studies. He completed work in internal medicine and clinical epidemiology at the University of Western Ontario and Toronto and joined the academic staff of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1987 where his clinical base was at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Naylor developed the proposal for the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in 1991 and served as the Institute's President and Chief Executive Officer from its inception in 1992 until June 1998.

Naylor was appointed Dean of Medicine and Vice Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions, of the University of Toronto in 1999. He was named Chair of the National Advisory Committee on SARS and Public Health, 2003, following the outbreak of SARS in Canada.[4]

The appointment of Naylor as president of the University of Toronto was announced on 26 April 2005. He replaced acting president Vivek Goel who in turn had replaced interim president Frank Iacobucci, who himself took over after the departure of Robert Birgeneau. Naylor officially took office on October 1, 2005.

On July 25, 2006, it was announced that Naylor had been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.[5] He was appointed on April 6, 2006, and his investiture took place on February 9, 2007.[6]

On June 24, 2014, Naylor was appointed by Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, as Chair of the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation. The Panel's report, Unleashing Innovation: Excellence for Healthcare in Canada was delivered in July 2015.[7]

In June 2016, Dr. Naylor was appointed the chair of The Advisory panel for the report "INVESTING IN CANADA’S FUTURE: Strengthening the Foundations of Canadian Research" by the federal Minister of Science, Dr. Kirsty Duncan. The 280 page "Naylor Report" [8] was delivered in April 2017, and finally acted upon in the Canadian government's budget of February 27, 2018.[9]


In 2015, the erstwhile Tanz Building[10] at the University of Toronto was renamed the C. David Naylor Building.[11]


  1. ^ https://www.ices.on.ca/Newsroom/Announcements-and-Events/2018/David-Naylor-awarded-2018-Henry-G-Friesen-International-Prize
  2. ^ https://www.ices.on.ca/Newsroom/Announcements-and-Events/2018/David-Naylor-awarded-2018-Henry-G-Friesen-International-Prize
  3. ^ https://www.ices.on.ca/Newsroom/Announcements-and-Events/2018/David-Naylor-awarded-2018-Henry-G-Friesen-International-Prize
  4. ^ Learning from SARS - Renewal of Public Health in Canada. A report of the National Advisory Committee on SARS and Public Health October 2003. Public Health Agency of Canada. Retrieved on 2009-06-16
  5. ^ The Globe and Mail Retrieved on 2006-07-25[dead link]
  6. ^ "Order of Canada - C. David Naylor, O.C., M.D., F.R.C.P.C., F.R.S.C." Office of the Governor General of Canada. April 6, 2006. Retrieved 2009-06-16.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Minister Ambrose Launches Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation." Health Canada. Retrieved on 2014-10-15
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ [2]"Basic science makes historic gains in research-friendly budget"
  10. ^ https://www.acotoronto.ca/show_building.php?BuildingID=10520
  11. ^ https://www.utoronto.ca/news/honouring-accomplishments-david-naylor

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