Dr. Sholom Glouberman is Philosopher in Residence at Baycrest Health Sciences, founder of Patients Canada and author of A Patient’s History of Medicine. His doctorate in Philosophy is from Cornell. He’s been an adjunct professor at Toronto, McGill and York Universities. His start in healthcare was by being a family caregiver for his dying father in Montreal. He wrote Keepers: Inside Stories from Total Institutions, a book about workers in long term care facilities that sparked an increased interest in healthcare. Among his other early efforts was participation in a multi-scenario strategic planning exercise for Ottawa-Carleton and as chief planner for a major addition to the then Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. For six years he was a Fellow of the King’s Fund in London England where he designed what remains the Fund’s premier leadership development program. At the Fund he had the chance to observe the ongoing professional struggles in the NHS and to participate in rethinking how healthcare is delivered in London.
Although continuing to commute to England, he returned to Canada to take up his role at Baycrest, to direct training programs in patient centred care at Sunnybrook and to teach at the University of Toronto. He went on to lead research in health policy for the Canadian Policy Research Networks and direct a Masters Program in health management at McGill. He’s been a health system adviser to many organizations and individuals in Canada and the UK.
In 2005 Sholom had major surgery, became a patient and wrote My Operation, a graphic example of the disparity between patients’ experience and institutional concerns. He founded Patients Canada in 2007. His most recent book is A Patient’s History of Medicine.
His blog can be accessed here: https://healthandeverythingblog.wordpress.com/