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Dr. Jane Philpott has been a family physician at Markham Stouffville Hospital for more than 15 years. She is the Member of Parliament (elect) in the riding of Markham-Stouffville.

Jane served as Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital from 2008 to 2014. She is an Associate Professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Family & Community Medicine. Jane led the opening of the Health for All Family Health Team – a new primary care home for 10,000 patients in the Markham-Stouffville community. She also led the opening of the Markham Family Medicine Teaching Unit that has trained 45 new family physicians in the community since 2010.

Her husband is CBC Radio journalist, Pep Philpott. They have four children. She is a member of Community Mennonite Church in Stouffville, where she is a song leader for the congregation.

Jane studied medicine at the University of Western Ontario. She completed a Family Medicine residency at the University of Ottawa and a Tropical Medicine fellowship in Toronto. In 2012 she completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Toronto.

Jane worked in Niger Republic, West Africa from 1989 to 1998 where she practiced general medicine and helped to develop a training program for village health workers. During this time, Jane and Pep’s first child, Emily, died suddenly from meningococcemia. Emily was buried in Niger in 1991. 

In 2004, Jane founded Give a Day to World AIDS, which has raised over $4 million to help those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. She was the first Family Medicine lead for the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration, where she was instrumental in helping Addis Ababa University develop Ethiopia’s first training program for Family Medicine. Jane is a founder and co-curator of TEDxStouffville.

Recent awards

2014 – Integrated Medical Education Award for Excellence in Community‐Based Teaching from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine

2013 – May Cohen Gender Equity and Diversity Award from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

2013 – Yves Talbot Award for Excellence in Global Health Leadership – Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

2012 – Wilfred H McKinnon Palmer Academic Award – Academic excellence in the Master of Public Health (MPH) Family and Community Medicine degree

2011 – Community Service Award – Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario – “recognizes the tremendous accomplishments of the school’s graduates in service”

2010 – Award for Excellence in Social Responsibility – Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

2009 – Casey Award – in celebration of June Callwood, the Casey Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated lifelong values of pioneering leadership and compassionate commitment on behalf of others


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