Dr. Irfan Dhalla is a general internist and vice-president of evidence development and standards at Health Quality Ontario (HQO), the province’s advisor on healthcare quality.

HQO fulfils a number of functions. These include monitoring and reporting on how the health system is performing, and engaging with patients to give them a voice in shaping quality healthcare.

Dr. Dhalla continues to practise general internal medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital, where he cares for inpatients and teaches medical students and residents. He is also an assistant professor in the department of medicine at the University of Toronto, with a cross-appointment to the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

Prior to joining HQO, he served as medical director of quality and research at St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Dhalla continues to hold an associate scientist appointment at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital and an adjunct scientist appointment at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

His research has been recognized with several national awards. These include a Rising Star Award and a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, as well as a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Dhalla holds a bachelor of applied science in engineering physics from the University of British Columbia, a doctor of medicine from the University of Toronto and a master of science in health policy, planning and financing from the London School of Economics.