Eric Fonberg

Eric Fonberg
University of Toronto, Canada


Eric Fonberg has a medical degree from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. He is also a Certified Chartered Director (C.Dir) with a diploma from the DeGroot School of Business at McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada. Eric was Chief of Staff at York Central Hospital and an active member of the medical staff with a clinical appointment in the Emergency Department. He has been a member of various Board Committees including the Quality Committee and the Planning and Redevelopment Committee Eric has been Chief, Emergency Medicine at 3 hospitals in Toronto. He has also been a Vice President of Strategy and Chief, Quality and Utilization at a community hospital in Toronto. Eric is past chair and a member of the Board of Directors of Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, a public hospital offering tertiary mental health services in the greater Toronto area. He is also on the Board of the Executive of OHA Region 3. He is currently participating as a member of the advisory group for MOHLTC Healthy Workplace Environments initiative. Other governance experience includes participation on the governance and finance committees of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians and the Board of VSP Canada. Experience includes educating physicians about health system reform, developing a corporate strategy to improve physician engagement. He has also worked as a consultant and as an emergency physician to assist with the development and deployment of clinical pathways. Eric recently worked on a project with the OHA to develop a toolkit for integrating physician assistants into emergency departments in Ontario. Chief research interests are in the areas of medical quality, hospital operations and management and health systems strategy. He has held positions with Ernst & Young Management Consultants, Hay Management Consultants and Blackstone Partners providing general management consulting services to government and hospital systems in Canada, the US and the UK. Much of his experience relates to building sustainable health systems in rural and remote areas. In addition to extensive consulting and management experience, Eric has practiced clinical medicine in isolated aboriginal communities in the Canadian North. He has also worked as an advisor to THET on leadership and management capacity building and quality management projects in Somaliland and Zambia. Academic positions include, Lecturer, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Lecturer, (status only) Institute Health Policy and Management and Evaluation and Lecturer, Schulich School of Business, Executive Programs, York University.

Research Interest

Hospital management, including operations, quality and strategy, provincial health care systems.

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