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York University names next Dean of Health

York University names next Dean of Health

Dr. David Peters comes from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

TORONTO, May 5, 2022 — York University's Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Dr. David Peters to the position of Dean of the Faculty of Health, for a five-year term, beginning January 2023.

Dr. Peters comes to York from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health where he is currently the Edgar Berman Professor and Chair in International Health and is cross appointed to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. He also serves as Director of the Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World.

“Dr. Peters joins York University at a pivotal moment for the Faculty of Health as it continues to drive research and prepare the next generation of graduates needed to advance the well-being of people and the planet,” said Rhonda Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor. “Dr. Peters possesses extensive academic and administrative leadership experience, including in the promotion of health and equity on a global scale, and I look forward to working with him in the coming years as the Faculty of Health expands its leadership in health and healthcare locally and around the world.”

A prolific researcher, Dr. Peters has published eight books, 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, many reports and reviews that have been cited more than 15,000 times. His work has been occupied largely with capacity building and the promotion of health and equity on a global scale. Dr. Peters has also worked directly, and collaboratively, with Indigenous communities in both Canada and the U.S. on clinical and non-clinical projects. He holds an MD from the University of Manitoba and a PhD in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

“I am delighted to have this opportunity to serve York University and the Faculty of Health, and to return home to Canada,” says Dr. Peters. “This is a crucial time for transforming health care and broader health systems in Canada and around the world. My goal is to ensure that York impacts these changes through continued and growing excellence in research, practice, teaching, and learning that trains the best and the brightest professionals.”

York’s Faculty of Health is home to more than 10,000 students, 200 full-time faculty, and 20,000 alumni around the world. The Faculty is committed to excellence in research, teaching and learning and community service.

York University is a modern, multi-campus, urban university located in Toronto, Ontario. Backed by a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners, we bring a uniquely global perspective to help solve societal challenges, drive positive change and prepare our students for success. York's fully bilingual Glendon Campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education. York’s campuses in Costa Rica and India offer students exceptional transnational learning opportunities and innovative programs. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet, and our future. 

Media contact: Yanni Dagonas, YanniDag@yorku.ca, 647-468-7850