Alexander C Barron

Alexander Barron*

BSc, MD, MBA, MSc, FRCPC, DABP, FAAP, CGPL

Toronto, Ontario
Pediatrics

Area 5, Division B
(ONTARIO)

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Candidate statement

I am a front-line specialist physician with lived experiences, a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and one who brings an understanding of not only clinical medicine, but of effective governance, professional advocacy, and solid financial management to my role as a member of CMPA Council.

Defending Reputations & Quality Services

We all have different needs, so the CMPA must continue the rock-solid commitment to providing the highest quality, personal services. We must be focused on putting the needs of physicians first, and helping physicians whenever possible.

Risk Management & Safe Practice

Healthcare is more complex than ever. From the rapid adoption of virtual care, to the day-to-day pressures of increasing productivity without compromising patient safety, it’s no surprise that adverse events happen. But, just as in clinical medicine, prevention is better than cure. Resources must be applied to risk areas which have been shown to cause problems, such as patient confidentiality or addressing patient complaints. Workshops, virtual learning, clinical risk assessments, publications, conferences, and presentations should enable our profession to continue to provide excellent services to the community as the demands on physicians continue to increase.

Equity Diversity and Inclusion

For me, the issue of inclusion isn’t theoretical, it’s personal. I have Indigenous family members who face systemic and societal barriers to inclusion. I have LGBTQ+ family for whom experiences of prejudice are commonplace. There is a role for the CMPA to play in ensuring that the medical community is both welcoming and inclusive for both physicians and patients. I am proud of the CMPA’s recent push to renew its focus on equity, diversity and inclusion. If re-elected, I commit to prioritizing these issues on Council.

Fiscal Management & Responsibility

The CMPA holds a large fund of money for the benefit of members. This is a responsibility that must be taken very seriously, and it is crucial that the money is managed wisely so that sufficient funds are available for assisting members whenever their needs arise. Transparency must remain a key element of accountability.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with great challenges and great opportunities. As a member of CMPA Council, I will continue to protect the reputations of our physician heroes, effectively protect us from litigation, and protect the money that we all work so hard for.

Relevant skills and experience

Practice Appointments

Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON

Member, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health
2018-
Medical Staff
2008-
Chief Fellow, Hematology and Oncology
1998-1999
Member, Post-Graduate Education Committee
1998-1999
Member, Scientific Review Board
1998-1999
Member, Pediatric Hemostasis Steering Committee
1998-1999

Unity Health - St. Joseph's Health Centre, Toronto, ON

Medical Staff
2008-

North York General Hospital, Toronto, ON

Medical Staff
2012-2015

Grand River Hospital, Kitchener, ON

Medical Staff
2004-2011

King Edward VII Memorial Hospital

Chief of Pediatrics
2001-2004
Member, Hospital Privileges Review Committee
2001-2004
Member, Hospital Utilization Review Committee
2001-2004
Medical Staff
1999-2004
Physician Coordinator, Cord Blood Study Group / Laval University
2001-2003

Professional Appointments

Ontario Health

Board of Directors
2019-
Member, Finance and Audit Committee
2019-
Member, Quality and Engagement Committee
2019-
Member, Equity Diversity and Inclusion Committee
2019-

Better Outcomes Registry & Network

Director and Senior Advisor
2018-

Canadian Society of Physician Leaders

Member
2018-

University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine

Member, Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (C-QuIPS)
2018-
Member, Internal Review Committee, Division of Geriatrics
1998-1998
Member, Internal Review Committee, Division of Nephrology
1998-1998

The Step-Forward Foundation

Founder and Director
2017-

International Security Afghanistan Force (ISAF), Kandahar, Afghanistan

Physician Coordinator, Forward Operations - Women's and Children's Health Infrastructure Programs
2009-2011

Queen's University, Kingston, ON

Elected Member, University Council
1998-2010

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

Consultant, Practice Standards Review Committee
2009-2009
Observer to The Board of Directors
1998-1999

Ontario Medical Association

Observer to The Board of Directors
1997-1999
Member, Specialty Care Review Committee
1997-1999
Member, General Council
1995-1999

Ontario Ministry of Health

Member, Visa Trainee Review Committee, Health Human Resources Policy Division
1997-1999

Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine

Member, Post-Graduate Education Committee
1997-1999

Professional Association of Interns and Residents of Ontario (PAIRO), Toronto, ON

Vice-President
1997-1998
Director
1995-1998

CMPA Appointments


Culture Sub-committee
2020-
Extent of Assistance Committee
2019-
Case Review Committee
2015-
Council
2015-
Executive Committee
2018-2020
Saegis, Board of Directors
2017-2019
Investment Committee
2015-2018



Election contact information

Email: alexbarron@rogers.com
Phone: 647-285-6896

*Proposed through the Nominating Committee