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About the Chief
Chief Assistant:
Vanessa Greco
email vgreco@mcmaster.ca
phone 905.525.9140 ext. 21703
Dr. David Price (on Sabbatical)
Dr. David Price is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University, and has been Chief of Family Medicine at Hamilton Health Sciences since 2004. He has been a physician for over 25 years, practicing comprehensive family medicine.

He was the Provincial Primary Care Lead and also the Chair of the Provincial Expert Advisory Panel on Primary Care (2013-2014) and is currently a Primary Health Care Medical Consultant with the Ministry. He has considerable interest and experience in primary care reform and healthcare policy development not only through his leadership roles at the University and Hospital, but also through his involvement with local, regional and provincial government bodies where he acts as a consultant and advisor.

Locally, he was the founding director of the Maternity Centre of Hamilton; a multidisciplinary centre that cares for prenatal and intrapartum patients. Dr. Price was also instrumental in helping to create the academic Family Health Team at McMaster University, an interprofessional team, currently serving over 35,000 patients in the Hamilton area. He was a key player in the development of the David Braley Health Sciences Centre in downtown Hamilton.
About the Chief
Chief Assistant:
Vanessa Greco
email vgreco@mcmaster.ca
phone 905.525.9140 ext. 21703
Dr. Cathy Risdon (Acting Chief)
Dr. Cathy Risdon is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster and was the first holder of the David Braley-Nancy Gordon Endowed Chair in Family Medicine. Her mandate was to develop innovations in education, clinical service and research relating to the doctor-patient and interdisciplinary team relationships. She co-created the Michael G. Degroote School of Medicine’s Professional Competency Curriculum, a two-year course to teach professionalism, communication skills, advocacy, ethics and reflective practice. Following the ten year term of her Endowed Chair, she became Associate Chair, Academic within the Department of Family Medicine, as well as the co-lead for the McMaster Family Health Team. She has completed a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Change at the University of Hertfordshire where her research explored themes of excellence and improvisation within curriculum design and implementation. Her leadership in the field of interprofessional collaboration has resulted in over $2.5 million in recent grants to promote effective health care on interprofessional teams. She has conducted training and consultations across North America for primary care and community based agencies wishing to improve their capacity for effective team and interprofessional collaborations. Her clinical practice includes a varied inner city population with a focus on vulnerable populations. After more than 20 years in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster, Dr. Risdon is still amazed at her good fortune in working with such terrific people.
About the Department
McMaster University’s Department of Family Medicine is world-renowned for innovations in research, eHealth and medical education, and for its diverse and collaborative researchers, educators and clinical investigators who have made substantial impacts on the delivery of health care throughout our communities. Since its establishment in 1967, the Department has become known for its ability to lead the development and implementation of new models of primary care locally, nationally and globally.

Through the McMaster Family Health Team, the Department’s two clinics care for over 35,000 patients in and around Hamilton, while the Maternity Centre of Hamilton oversees the care of approximately 700 expectant and new mothers per year. From providing health care, to fundraising and volunteering, the Department is driven by a commitment to giving back to our community.



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