North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN Announces Special Advisor

Dr. Adalsteinn Brown to provide expert advice to Muskoka Council

September 1, 2016

The North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Dr. Adalsteinn Brown as the special advisor who will co-chair the Muskoka and Area Health System Transformation (MAHST) Council.

Dr. Brown, in his role as Special Advisor and Co-Chair, will provide experience and knowledge that will assist in advancing integration efforts between the partners involved in the MAHST project. Dr. Brown is a strong proponent for equitable access to care that matches the individual’s needs. His considerable experience within the Ontario health care system will assist the Council in developing a Health System Model for Muskoka that incorporates equitable access as a key component of the final design. 

Dr. Brown is the Director of the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and the Dalla Lana Chair of Public Health Policy at the University.  Past roles include Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategy at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and for Science and Research at the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. He advises governments and corporations on information use and performance measurement. He received his undergraduate degree in government from Harvard University and his doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has received several leadership awards including being named one of Canada's "Top 40 Under 40" in recognition for his work on performance measurement.


“We are so pleased Dr. Brown agreed to take on this significant role with the MAHST project. Being able to draw on his experiences within the Ontario health system and knowing the respect he has garnered throughout not only the province but the country, makes this an amazing opportunity for North Simcoe Muskoka. ”

  • Jill Tettmann, CEO, North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN

“The leadership shown in Muskoka is exciting and reflects the commitment and enthusiasm of its professionals and communities for a stronger and equitable system of care. I look forward to working with the Council.”

  • Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, Special Advisor, Muskoka & Area Health System Transformation Council


  • During his time as Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategy, Dr. Brown was responsible for developing strategy and policy for health system improvement including quality of care, accountability, and screening

  • MAHST evolved from the work of two main groups: the Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare  (MAHC) Capital Planning Task Force, the purpose of which was to determine a vision for acute care services in Muskoka; and, the Muskoka Community Health Link’s  Our Health, Our Future initiative of planning better integration for non-hospital health services  

  • Currently an Expression of Interest process is in progress to populate the membership of the MAHST Council

  • The Health System Model final design will be presented to the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN in March 2017.


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