Dr. Irfan Dhalla is Vice President, Evidence Development and Standards, at Health Quality Ontario. In this role, he and his colleagues are responsible for synthesizing evidence and making recommendations to the Minister regarding the public funding of health care services, as well as recommendations to health care providers regarding standards of care.
Dr. Dhalla continues to practice general internal medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital, where he cares for inpatients and is an award-winning teacher of medical students and resident physicians. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Dr. Dhalla’s research has been recognized with several awards, including a Rising Star Award and a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine, and a Career Scientist Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Dr. Dhalla obtained an engineering physics degree from the University of British Columbia, a medical degree from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in health policy, planning and financing from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which he completed as a Commonwealth Scholar.