Chief of Staff
Lead Palliative Physician for Cancer Care Ontario
in Central LHIN
Chair, Hospice Palliative Care Transition Strategy
Team, Central LHIN
Dr. Nancy Merrow was appointed Chief of Staff at
Southlake Regional Health Centre in 2004. In her role at Southlake, Dr. Merrow
is responsible for the quality of medical care provided by the medical, dental,
and mid-wifery staff, and oversees their recruitment, credentialling,
education, behaviour, health, and discipline. Her career at the Hospital dates
back to her appointment as a family physician in 1986, and includes a term as Chief,
Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care at Southlake (then York County
Hospital) from 1996 until 1999.
Dr. Merrow graduated with an M.D. from the
University of Toronto in 1983, and completed her family medicine residency at
Women’s College Hospital in 1985. In 2000, she was certified by the American
Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and since 2004, has been a Fellow of
the College of Family Physicians of Canada. In 2011, Dr. Merrow successfully
completed the Rotman Advanced Health Leaders Program, and became a Certified
Canadian Physician Executive.
Dr. Merrow started her medical career in Holland
Landing, Ontario, where she practiced comprehensive family medicine from 1986
to2004. She is a passionate advocate and
champion for the advancement of interprofessional patient-centred care and
access to effective hospice palliative care.
As Cancer Care Ontario (CCO)’s Palliative Lead
Physician since 2005, Dr. Merrow oversees the promotion of local efforts in
developing and implementing CCO’s quality agenda, which involves working with
the Hospice Palliative Care Network to improve access and quality care.
Since 2007, Dr. Merrow has been the lead in the
Residential Hospice Project for York Region to establish a new 10-bed
residential hospice for end-of-life care. As Chair of the Hospice Palliative
Care Transition Team since April 2011, she heads the extensive consultation
process to develop and implement a comprehensive and integrated hospice
palliative care program across the Central Local Health Integration Network.
Currently, as a member of the faculty of the
Canadian Medical Association Physician Manager Institute, and having been
recently selected as a Physician Executive Coach for the inaugural Coaching
Connections Program at the CMA, Dr. Merrow will continue to build and develop
medical leadership by working directly with physicians who take on vital roles
in the advancement of health system transformation.
Merrow is a family physician by training. She was appointed as Chief of Staff
in 2004. She graduated from the University of Toronto in 1983, and completed
her family medicine residency at Women’s College Hospital in 1985. She is a
fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Her first practice was in
Holland Landing Ontario, and she practiced comprehensive family medicine for 18
years. She was certified by the American Board of Hospice Palliative Medicine
in 2002, and became a certified Canadian Physician Executive in 2011. She is a
graduate of the Rotman Advanced Health Leaders Program. Her commitment to
leadership has led to increasing involvement in the hospital, at the regional
level in the Regional Cancer Program, and the LHIN level as Lead palliative
Physician for CCO in CLHIN, and as Chair of the Hospice Palliative Care
Transition Strategy Team. She is a member of the faculty of the Canadian
Medical Association Physician Manager Institute.
Merrow is a passionate advocate for the advancement of interprofessional
patient centered care and access to effective hospice palliative care. She
recently led the implementation of a new Family Medicine Residency program at
the Southlake Family Health Team. Her current projects include the inception of
the Interprofessional Academic Advisory Council at Southlake, the Chronic
Disease Task Force, the creation of a ten bed residential hospice for York
Region on the hospital campus, and the restructuring of Hospice Palliative Care
across Central LHIN.