Dr. Janet Smylie

Family Physician and Research Scientist, Unity Health Toronto; Professor, University of Toronto (Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Department of Family and Community Medicine); Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Advancing Generative Health Services for Indigenous Populations in Canada

A Métis woman, Dr. Smylie, acknowledges her family, teachers, and lodge. Dr. Janet Smylie is a family physician and public health researcher.  She currently works as a research scientist in Indigenous health at St. Michael’s hospital, Lik Ka Shing Knowledge Institute where she directs the Well Living House Applied Research Centre (www.welllivinghouse.com ).  Her primary academic appointment is as a Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.  She maintains a part-time clinical practice with Inner City Health Associates at Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto. Dr. Smylie has practiced and taught family medicine in a diverse Indigenous communities both urban and rural. She is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, with Métis roots in the prairies.  Her applied research program is focused on actively addressing Indigenous health inequities by enhancing Indigenous led, high quality health information systems; disrupting anti-Indigenous racism in health services; and promoting Indigenous community health and wellbeing solutions.  Dr. Smylie currently leads multiple research projects in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities/organizations. She has participated on multiple expert advisories. She was honoured with a National Aboriginal Achievement (Indspire) Award in Health in 2012 and is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada.