Dr. Gillian Kernaghan
email the President and CEO
Dr. Gillian Kernaghan
President and CEO
St. Joseph’s Health Care London
Dr. Kernaghan was appointed the President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph's Health Care London in 2010. St. Joseph’s is a multi-sited academic health care organization serving London and region.
Dr. Kernaghan’s passion for integrated patient care, leadership and performance excellence has inspired the organization to focus on the vision to “earn complete confidence in the care we provide”.
Prior to assuming this role, she served for 17 years as the Vice President, Medical for various hospitals in London and led the medical staff during complex restructuring in which four hospitals merged to form St. Joseph’s Health Care. Through this restructuring and various program transfers between organizations, the roles of the London hospitals dramatically changed.
In 1984, Gillian joined the medical staff of St. Joseph's, Parkwood Hospital and LHSC as a family physician. She completed her residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1984 upon graduation from University of Western Ontario and was awarded her Fellowship in 2000.
Gillian currently serves on the Ontario Hospital Association Board, and the CAHO Executive and Council. She is a past Board Member of CaRMS and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. She has served on numerous regional, provincial and national committees.
She is a frequent speaker at conferences and a certified trainer in Crucial Conversations, Crucial Accountability and Influencer leadership courses
She has been married for 37 years and is the proud mother of 3 sons, 3 daughters in law and one little grandson.
Degrees & Certification
MD (with Honours)
Associate Professor, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University
Adjunct Professor, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University
Faculty, Physician Leadership Institute, Canadian Medical Association
Incoming Vice Chair, Catholic Health Association of Ontario Board
Co-Chair Canadian Health Leadership Network
Co-Chair, Southwestern Academic Health Network
Past President, Canadian Society of Physician Executives
YMCA Women of Excellence Award in Health, Science and Technology