Eliot A. Phillipson, FCAHS

Sir John and Lady Eaton Professor of Medicine Emeritus, University of Toronto (Toronto, ON)

Eliot A. Phillipson is the Sir John and Lady Eaton Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Toronto and former President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

A native of Edmonton, he received his MD with Distinction (1963) and his M.Sc. (1965) from the University of Alberta. Following postgraduate training in Internal Medicine, he undertook research training at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco. In 1971, he was appointed to the University of Toronto as a clinician-scientist with a research focus in the regulation of respiration. His basic research formed the basis for understanding several sleep-related breathing disorders, and in 1978 allowed him to develop the first human sleep laboratory in Canada with a focus on breathing disturbances.

Dr. Phillipson served as Physician-in-Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, from 1987-97. In 1993, he was appointed Sir John and Lady Eaton Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, a position he held until 2004. From 2004 to 2010 he served as President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research equipment and infrastructure in Canadian universities, colleges, and research hospitals.

Dr. Phillipson has served as Co-Chair of the Medical Review Panel of the Gairdner Foundation, and as President of both the Canadian Association of Professors of Medicine, and the Canadian Institute of Academic Medicine (CIAM). In the latter position, he played an important role in creation of the Council of Canadian Academies and the evolution of the CIAM into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Dr. Phillipson is an elected member of the prestigious American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He is a recipient of the Presidential Award of the European Respiratory Society, and holds an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Alberta.

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