Johny Van Aerde, MD, MA, PhD, FRCPC

Johny has more than 25 years of experience as a neonatologist, first as a clinician-researcher and then in various leadership roles. 

He is currently the executive medical director of the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders. Previously, he served as medical director of several neonatal intensive care units and the Pediatric Home Nutrition Support Program for Northern Alberta, chair of the Collaborative Practice and Quality Improvement (Neonatology) initiative for Alberta Health Services and regional director of the Northern Alberta Neonatal Intensive Care Program. Under his leadership, the latter program was able to bring together 115 neonatal beds and a follow-up clinic in five different hospitals under one functional umbrella. Johny has also served on many committees for regional, provincial and national organizations.

Johny holds a PhD in medical sciences and a master’s degree in health leadership studies. He has published 100 peer-reviewed papers, two dozen book chapters and 150 abstracts on topics ranging from neonatal nutrition and metabolism to health system leadership. He is the founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership.