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Dr. Samir Sinha, Expert Lead for Ontario's Seniors Care Strategy

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Dr. Samir Sinha, Expert Lead for Ontario's Seniors Care Strategy

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

As the newly appointed expert lead of Ontario's Seniors Care Strategy, Dr. Samir Sinha is a respected professional and passionate advocate for the health care needs of seniors. Dr. Sinha currently serves as the Director of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals in Toronto. He is also the Chair of the Health Professionals Advisory Committee of the Toronto Central LHIN and is a Medical Advisor to the Toronto Central CCAC.

Dr. Sinha's breadth of international training and expertise in health policy and the delivery of services related to the care of the elderly have made him a highly regarded expert in the care of older adults. Dr. Sinha completed his undergraduate medical studies at the University of Western Ontario before becoming a Rhodes Scholar, where he obtained a Masters in Medical History and a Doctorate in Sociology at the University of Oxford's Institute of Ageing. After returning to pursue postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto, Dr. Sinha went to the United States where he most recently served as the Erickson/Reynolds Fellow in Clinical Geriatrics, Education and Leadership at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Sinha has extensive training and expertise in health policy and the delivery of services related to the care of the elderly. He has consulted and advised hospitals and health authorities in Britain, Canada, the United States and China on the implementation and administration of unique, integrated and innovative models of geriatric care that reduce disease burden, improve access and capacity and ultimately promote health.

In his current role as Director of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals, Dr. Sinha has implemented innovative initiatives that align with the goals of Ontario's Seniors Care Strategy. These include the Acute Care For Elders Unit which assists seniors in returning home after a stay in hospital, and a house calls program where an inter-professional team provides care to frail, housebound seniors.

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