Behavioural Science Working Group Profile

Robert Reid


Chief Scientist, Trillium Health Partners Professor (status), Institute for Health Policy & Management, University of Toronto Professor (status), Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto Professor (part-time), Health Research Methods, Evidence & Impact, McMaster University Affiliate Associate Professor, Health Services, University of Washington

Dr. Robert Reid is inaugural Hazel McCallion Research Chair in Learning Health Systems, a research chair jointly created by Trillium Health Partners and the University of Toronto.  He is also Chief Scientist at the Institute for Better Health (IBH) and Senior Vice President of Science at Trillium Health Partners (THP). As one of the largest community hospital systems in Canada with a diverse and growing population, THP’s mission is to create a new kind of health care for a healthier community. IBH, THP’s embedded research and innovation engine, focuses on generating cutting-edge science and innovation on novel ways to engage, design, deliver and finance health care, and on creating partnerships with patients, caregivers and our community in the pursuit of improving population health.

At the University of Toronto, Dr. Reid holds an academic appointment at the University of Toronto, as Professor (status) with the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and with the Department of Family and Community Medicine. He also holds academic appointments as Professor (part-time) with McMaster University’s Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact; Affiliate Investigator with Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute; and Affiliate Associate Professor with the University of Washington’s School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

Dr. Reid received his medical degree from the University of Alberta and completed a Master’s Degree in in Epidemiology and a PhD in Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a global expert and thought leader in population health, learning health systems, and primary care. He is best known for his seminal work in developing and evaluating pioneering patient-centred medical home at Group Health Cooperative, now Kaiser Permanente, in Seattle, Washington, which integrated and streamlined team-based care to improve quality, patient experience and yield cost savings. He is also internationally acclaimed for his research to develop and test population-based innovations in primary care delivery, prevention services and chronic care. Dr. Reid is currently providing leading expertise in the re-design of Ontario’s health care system through the newly introduced Ontario Health Teams initiative and co-chairs the Evidence Synthesis Network, created to provide decision-makers in with rapid evidence related to the COVID-19 response in Ontario .

Dr. Reid has lectured nationally and internationally on the organization, financing and delivery of care – from the Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, and Harvard to Ottawa, London and Auckland. Dr. Reid has published over 150 articles in refereed journals and has delivered over 150 scientific and policy invited presentations.