Heather McPherson is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Women’s College Hospital (WCH), and a highly recognized healthcare executive with extensive experience in clinical, academic and health system leadership. Prior to her role as President & CEO, she served as the hospital’s Executive Vice President of Patient Care and Ambulatory Innovation; where she was at the forefront of shaping and executing hospital strategy and operations.
Ms McPherson is an innovative leader who has been instrumental in establishing clinical programs and services that close health gaps for patients – not only at Women’s College Hospital but throughout the province and the country. With her unparalleled ability to partner across the healthcare system, build high-performance teams and foster a culture of excellence, she has created transformative solutions, including the hospital’s model of care in the redevelopment of WCH. Throughout her career, Ms McPherson has focused on the evaluation and improvement of systems of clinical care delivery and access by redefining what it means to be a patient: engaged, empowered, and understood.
Ms McPherson is a passionate advocate for a multifaceted and comprehensive approach to health. She is a registered Occupational Therapist and holds a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Toronto. She is also an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at U of T’s Faculty of Medicine.
Outside of her work at WCH, Ms McPherson lends her expertise as a volunteer, and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood Toronto.