Dr. Gillian Kernaghan
email the President and CEO
Dr. Kernaghan was appointed the President and CEO of St. Joseph's Health Care, London on October 4, 2010. She is a highly respected physician and administrative leader, known for her medical, educational and system leadership at local, regional, provincial and national levels.
Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Kernaghan served as the Integrated Vice President, Medical Education and Medical Affairs for both LHSC and St. Joseph’s for five years. Among her many accomplishments in this role, she facilitated the alignment and integration of medical departments with Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and championed leadership development through training many physicians and hospital leaders in key leadership skills. She acted as the hospitals’ pandemic incident manager through both SARS and H1N1 and led a city-wide hand hygiene campaign that saw 40 to 50 percent increases in compliance across hospital sites within two years.
She is an assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario and has taught undergraduate and postgraduate medical students for many years. Dr. Kernaghan is currently on faculty teaching an Advanced Physician Manager Institute course for the Canadian Medical Association on Talent Management. She is frequently sought as a speaker, moderator and expert on a range of health care subjects, including physician-hospital relations, changing roles in the health care system, effective risk and pandemic management, and health ethics issues.
Dr. Kernaghan is president elect of the Canadian Society of Physician Executives and is a member of the Canadian Medical Association’s liaison committee which developed the first Canadian Certified Physician Executive Credential. She has been an active leader in numerous provincial health system initiatives, including: the Ontario Hospital Association’s initiative to develop their first quality and patient safety strategic plan; the Physician Assistant Implementation Steering Committee; and the Provincial Academic Health Science Centre Alternate Funding Plan Steering Committee. Dr. Kernaghan also served as the inaugural chair of the Ontario Council of Teaching Hospitals senior medical leaders’ forum. She is a Board Member for the Canadian Residency Matching Service and has served as treasurer of the board for the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
Prior to her current role, Dr. Kernaghan was Vice President, Medical and Professional Affairs at St. Joseph’s for five years. In this role, she was responsible for all medical affairs functions and the professional staff, and developed professional practice and physician leader models for the organization. Between 1993 and 1997, Dr. Kernaghan was Vice President, Medical Services at Parkwood Hospital and played a key role in the smooth transition of Parkwood Hospital’s amalgamation with St. Joseph’s in 1997. During her various roles as a vice president, Dr. Kernaghan has held senior leadership responsibility for a range of services including pharmacy, health records, infection control, pastoral care, ethics, professional practice, imaging, ambulatory care and other clinical areas.
Dr. Kernaghan has been a family practice physician in London for more than 25 years. While holding very busy hospital leadership responsibilities, Dr. Kernaghan continues to be a highly regarded family physician. With the responsibilities of the new CEO role, her one regret is the need to stop clinical practice.
Dr. Kernaghan is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, having earned her Doctor of Medicine (with Honours) degree in 1982. Dr. Kernaghan is a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Ontario.