Irfan Dhalla

MD (University of Toronto)
MSc (London School of Economics)
MHCM (Harvard)

Professional Interests

Improving the quality of health care by supporting evidence-informed change.


In 2020, Irfan assumed two newly created positions at Unity Health Toronto: Vice-President, Physician Quality, and Director, Care Experience Institute. In these roles, he will work with colleagues to help Unity Health Toronto achieve its vision: The Best Care Experiences. Created Together. Irfan also continues to practice general internal medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital, one of Unity Health Toronto’s 3 sites.

From 2013 to 2019, Irfan was a Vice-President at Health Quality Ontario, a government agency established by the Excellent Care for All Act in 2011. He and his colleagues there transformed the way the government agency supported a health care system that serves 14 million people. He oversaw the work the organization does to support HQO’s recommendations about which health care services should be publicly funded, and he also led the development of a new program to make recommendations about standards of care.

Irfan’s work has been recognized with awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine, the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health and the Toronto Star.

Other Affiliations

  • Vice President, Physician Quality and Director, Care Experience Institute, Unity Health Toronto
  • Staff Physician, Department of Medicine, St. Michael's Hospital
  • Core Member, Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, University of Toronto
  • Affiliate Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (IC/ES)