Dr. Michael Evans
Dr. Michael Evans received his BA in English Literature from McGill University and his MD from McMaster University. He is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto and has a busy inner city practice at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Dr. Evans is a general practitioner in innovation as well as in medicine. His past and present activities range from being Scientific Officer for Knowledge Translation and Exchange at the Canadian Institute for Health Research, winning a Webby as Chief Editor for best government website in the world, to starting a medical school for the public, to being chief editor of Canada’s best selling textbook of primary care medicine.
He is founder and Director of the new Health Design Lab, which is redefining “interdisciplinary” in medicine by bringing together diverse skill sets such as film makers, patients, technologists, designers, and marketers with clinicians and researchers to illuminate new pathways for evidence-based decisions. The lab is being highlighted in an upcoming issue of JAMA.
Dr. Evans recent YouTube video, called 23 and ½ hours: What is the single most important thing you can do for your health?” has been watched by over 2 million people since its launch in December 2011. Dr Evans work in engaging the public has been profiled on The National, Canada AM, the top selling business book MacroWikiniomics, and he was profiled by CTV as a “Canadian Original” in 2012. His recently published kids book, the Adventures of Medical Man, was chosen as one the 2011 top non-fiction health book for kids by the Canadian Children’s Book News and his radio show on CBC was just syndicated nationally.
He lives in the Annex neighbourhood in downtown Toronto with his family of five who all play hockey.