The Honourable Jane Philpott was elected as MP for Markham-Stouffville on October 19, 2015 and appointed as Minister of Health November 4, 2015.
Prior to entering politics, Dr. Philpott led an extensive career in family medicine, public health, medical education and global advocacy for HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Philpott studied medicine at the University of Western Ontario, completed a Family Medicine residency at the University of Ottawa, and a Tropical Medicine fellowship in Toronto. In 2012, she completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Toronto.
Between 1989 and 1998, Dr. Philpott lived in Niger Republic, West Africa where she practiced general medicine and helped to develop a training program for village health workers.
In 1998, she and her husband, Pep, moved to Stouffville, Ontario where she practiced as a family physician at Markham Stouffville Hospital for more 15 years and served as Chief of Family Medicine from 2008 to 2014. She also led the opening of the Health for All Family Health Team – a new primary care home for 10,000 patients in Markham-Stouffville, and the Markham Family Medicine Teaching Unit that has trained 45 new family physicians in the community since 2010. Additionally, she is an Associate Professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Family & Community Medicine.
Some of her global advocacy work includes founding Give a Day to World AIDS in 2004, which has raised over $4 million to help those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. Dr. Philpott was the first Family Medicine lead for the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration, where she was instrumental in helping Addis Ababa University develop Ethiopia’s first training program for Family Medicine.
Locally, Dr. Philpott is a founder of TEDxStouffville, and is a member of the Community Mennonite Church in Stouffville.
Dr. Philpott is married, has four children, and lives in Stouffville, Ontario.