Benjamin (Ben) Chan

Faculty Member

Professional Interests

quality improvement; quality measurement and public reporting; global health; primary care; rural health; health human resource planning; health economics; health policy


Dr. Ben Chan is Assistant Professor of Global Health at the University of Toronto and a leading figure in Canada on strategy and leadership for healthcare quality.   Dr. Chan was the inaugural CEO of the Health Quality Councils of Saskatchewan (2003-2007) and Ontario (2007-2012).  In recognition of his work in spearheading improvement initiatives in chronic disease management, patient safety and public reporting on quality, Dr. Chan was named in 2006 Canada’s Outstanding Young Health Executive.

Dr. Chan consults widely to the World Bank, WHO and foreign governments.  He advised on the national quality strategies for Colombia and Georgia and led quality improvement projects to improve diabetes and hypertension in Kazakhstan and childhood malnutrition in Tajikistan.  He is currently working with the World Bank on the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, aimed at developing a common quality scorecard across low- and middle-income countries.

Dr. Chan currently teaches a graduate course on quality improvement skills for leaders in low-resource environments.  He is also an experienced primary care and emergency department physician, and has worked in over seventy rural and indigenous communities across Canada.  He has at least partial fluency in all six official UN languages.  He holds a BSc and MD (Toronto), Master of Public Health (Harvard) and Master of Public Affairs (Princeton).