Royal College International
Andrew Padmos has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada from 2006 through 2019. Effective January 1, 2020 he is now the president and CEO of Royal College International, a subsidiary of the Royal College, dedicated to international outreach and academic partnerships.
Martin Andrew Padmos was born in Windsor, Ontario. He attended Trinity College in the University of Toronto, enrolled in honours political science and economics. A year abroad in 1966-67, changed career direction towards medicine and, after graduating with a BA from the University of Toronto, he was selected as one of 20 students in the first class of McMaster University’s Medical School in 1969, and graduated in 1972. He was the elected class spokesman/president for all three years.
Dr. Padmos completed specialty residency training at McMaster and was certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, first in Internal Medicine in 1976 and then in Clinical Hematology in 1977. In early residency, he was elected president of PAIRO, (Professional Association of Interns and Residents of Ontario) and negotiated the largest arbitrated salary award in the history of labour relations in Ontario. He served subsequently as the president of CAIR,(Canadian Association of Interns and Residents).
He moved with his family to Calgary, Alberta to practice hematology in 1977 and 1978 before taking up an appointment at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH & RC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. During a 15 year term he started the first bone marrow transplant program in the Middle East, built and managed a large clinical program in hematology and oncology and served in many administrative and leadership capacities, including department head of Oncology and medical director.
Dr. Padmos and family returned to Canada in 1993 to take up appointments in Kingston, Ontario as CEO of the Kingston Regional Cancer Centre, professor at Queen’s University and head of Oncology at Kingston General and Hotel Dieu Hospitals. In 1998 he was recruited to Halifax, Nova Scotia as the inaugural commissioner of Cancer Care Nova Scotia, head of cancer services at the QEll Health Sciences Centre, (now Capital District Health Authority), and professor and associate dean for cancer programs at Dalhousie University. From 2003-2006, he also served as the Vice President for Research, Academic Affairs and Quality in Capital District Health Authority.
In 2006, Dr. Padmos was recruited to position of CEO of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, (RCPSC). Since then the Royal College has undertaken an ambitious agenda of transformation of postgraduate medical education, membership and volunteer programs, health policy and advocacy, external relations and international outreach. Under Dr. Padmos’ stewardship, the Royal College is transforming all aspects of postgraduate medical education and specialty residency training across all 68 medical, surgical and diagnostic specialty disciplines. This multi-year project, known as “Competency By Design”, will modernize 800+ residency programs in 17 Canadian medical schools…”Better Education- Better Care”. Another priority initiative is directed at improvements to the health of Indigenous Canadians, largely focusing on developing better standards and tools for physician education and training.
In recent years, the Royal College has made a large commitment to international outreach and collaboration with schools, hospitals, associations and agencies in the Arabian Gulf, China, Latin America and Africa. Royal College International (“RCI”), a subsidiary of the Royal College itself, (for which Dr. Padmos has been the inaugural president and chief executive), has developed both commercial, cost-recovery and international development, aid and collaboration activities to share standards and processes by which clients and partners willimprove and strengthen their education clinical care services.
The Royal College has developed the International Conference on Residency Education, (ICRE) as the only meeting of its kind in the world and Dr. Padmos built the successful pre-conference IMELF, (International Medical Education Leaders’ Forum), an invitational meeting for global leaders in medical education. Dr. Padmos also instigated the Tri-nation Alliance to bring together leaders of medical specialty education certifying colleges in Australia and New Zealand and Canada for mutual support and benefit.
The Royal College is also a founding member of CIHEA, (Canadian International Health Education Association) a trade association for Canadian health sector organizations, institutions and businesses to coordinate and facilitate the export of Canadian health and education system businesses, innovations and processes to improve global health through education of the health workforce. Dr. Padmos chairs its board of directors.
Dr. Padmos’ clinical experience spans 40 years and includes intensive service in malignant hematology, development of hematology services and allogeneic marrow transplantation in Saudi Arabia, and outreach services in Ontario and Nova Scotia. He continues a small, parttime clinical practice in hematology in Windsor, Nova Scotia, as part of the Dalhousie faculty of medicine’s division of hematology.
Throughout his career, Dr. Padmos has been a leader, innovator and manager of people, programs and projects. He gravitates to new and different challenges and relishes the opportunities for growth, change and development. In undergraduate and postgraduate medical education he was a national leader for advancing student and trainee welfare. In professional practice, he has acted for patients, developing new programs like marrow transplantation, and has acted for health professionals in strengthening roles in cancer programming in Kingston and Halifax and for the health system in Canada, promoting modern and effective technology and process to benefit medical education and training not only in Canada but also around the world.
Honourary awards and fellowships have recognized career contributions and accomplishments. Fellowship in the Association of Surgeons of India, recognizing administrative leadership and contributions, was conferred in 2011. Most recently, the Pontifical University Catholica of Chile, awarded Dr. Padmos the distinction of being recognized as an “illustrious member of the university faculty”, in recognition of the esteem in which he is held for the vision and work to create a collaborative partnership to share and promote Royal College standards and processes around the world.
In addition to chairing the Board of the Canadian International Health Education Association, (CIHEA), Dr. Padmos serves on the boards of CanHealth Inc. and Interactive Health International Inc. in Vancouver and iGan Partners in Toronto. He has recently been appointed to the Governing Council for the University of Toronto, and as one of two Canadian leaders to the International Advisory Board of King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
“I’m grateful for so many opportunities to contribute to the welfare of patients, great institutions and the health professions by means of stimulation, planning, management and evaluation of significant challenges and rapid change to the benefit of people and populations”.