Danielle Martin

Faculty Member

Professional Interests

healthcare policy, health system innovation, primary care, virtual care


It is my strong belief that research and education in the areas of healthcare policy and healthcare systems are important means of ensuring that the health needs of communities are met, and also vehicles for achieving social change. Through novel curriculum design, implementation and dissemination, I have worked to increase understanding of healthcare system issues in the Canadian medical community in hopes of achieving that higher goal. I have worked as an advocate for the preservation and improvement of public healthcare in Canada for over a decade and more recently in the United States. I am also an actively practicing family doctor and hospital executive. Throughout my career I have maintained an active academic practice in which I participate in clinical and health policy education at all levels. I hope that by role modeling and teaching both clinical care and advocacy skills I will open the door for my colleagues at all stages of their careers to do the same.

Awards and Distinctions (last 10 years)

2019 – Peggy Leatt Knowledge and Impact Award, IHPME

This award recognizes Dr. Martin’s achievements in developing transformative platforms of evidence that improve healthcare and health care systems.

2019 – F.N.G. Starr Award, Canadian Medical Association (CMA)

The F.N.G. Starr Award is the highest CMA award available to one of its members and recognizes outstanding and inspiring lifetime achievement.

2019 – Honorary Member, Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC)

Honourary Membership is lifetime membership with the FMWC recognizing Dr. Martin’s advocacy work and leadership as a woman physician.

2018 – Women of the Year, Chatelaine Magazine

Chatelaine Magazine recognized Dr. Martin among a list of notable women who helped to put Canada on the world stage in 2018.

2018 – Academic Family Physician of the Year, Department of Family & Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

This award recognizes Dr. Martin as an individual in the department who has demonstrated a sustained contribution to clinical practice, teaching, and scholarship.

2017 – Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, Women’s Executive Network

Dr. Martin was recognized by Women’s Executive Network for her advocacy and policy leadership to remove barriers to care and improving equity.

2017- The Influentials List, Toronto Life

Dr. Martin was recognized as one of the top 50 most influential Torontonians of 2017 by Toronto Life Magazine.

2016 – Bruce Squires Award, Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)

The Bruce Squires Award honours Editor Emeritus Dr. Bruce Squires, who served in various capacities at CMAJ. It is awarded annually to the author(s) of the research paper published in the journal during the previous year that is most relevant to the practice of medicine and most likely to have a positive impact on healthcare.

2016 – CIHR-IHSPR Article of The Year Award
This award recognizes Dr. Martin’s work on the estimated cost of university public health coverage of prescription drugs in Canada.

2016 – Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (FCFP)

The CFPC awards the Fellowship designation (FCFP) to those who have been awarded Certification in the College of Family Physicians (CCFP) and who distinguish themselves through outstanding contribution to their communities, their colleagues, and the discipline of family medicine.

2015 – Power List 50, The Medical Post

Dr. Martin was acknowledged as one of Canada’s Most Important Doctors in 2015.

2014 – CFPC – Scotiabank Family Medicine Lectureship Award, College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
This award recognizes an outstanding Canadian or international figure who has contributed significantly to issues related to the health and well-being of people in Canada and/or around the world.

2012 – People to Watch, The Toronto Star
The Toronto Star Distinguished Dr. Danielle Martin as one of the thirteen people to watch in Toronto in 2013.

2011 – Award for Social Responsibility, University of Toronto
Awarded annually by the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

2011 – Dr. Harrison Waddington Fellowship in Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
For educational scholarship in the area of health policy and advocacy curriculum evaluation. Total Amount: 4,000 CAD

2011 – Inaugural Recipient, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Young Alumni Award, Western University
Awarded for the first time by the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University in honour of the school’s 130th anniversary.

Other Affiliations:

  • Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto
  • Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Executive, Women’s College Hospital, Toronto
  • Academic Family Physician, Women’s College Hospital, Toronto