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Dean of Medicine

Dr. David Anderson

Dr. David Anderson became Dalhousie University’s thirteenth dean of medicine on July 1, 2015.

Born and raised in Halifax, Dr. Anderson graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1983. He completed an internal medicine residency at Dalhousie and went on to McMaster University for additional training in hematology. While studying at McMaster, he held a research fellowship in thromboembolic disease.

In 1992, Dr. Anderson returned to Nova Scotia. He joined the QEII Health Sciences Centre (QEII HSC) as a staff hematologist and Dalhousie Medical School as an assistant professor.

Immediately before taking on the deanship, Dr. Anderson was head and district chief of the shared Dalhousie/Nova Scotia Health Authority Department of Medicine.

Under his watch, the Department of Medicine developed a strategic plan that lead to major new initiatives in clinical care, education and research.

With more than 150 peer-reviewed publications to his name, Dr. Anderson’s contributions to research have led to national and international recognition. He’s a founding member and former chair of the VECTOR Research Group, a multi-centre Canadian collaborative team focused on studying blood clotting disorders that, to date, has received more than $50 million in funding. He’s also chaired the Department of Medicine’s research committee for nearly 10 years, and was appointed Dalhousie Medical School’s assistant dean of clinical research in 2010.

An accomplished teacher and mentor, Dr. Anderson has been a member of countless university and hospital committees. He’s also worked with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness – as clinical advisor for the Nova Scotia Blood Program and in the development of the new academic funding plan (AFP) process for clinical departments.

In addition to his responsibilities as dean, Dr. Anderson maintains his clinical practice at the QEII HSC.

A competitive tennis player and family man, he’s married to Michelle Karis. Together, they have three children: Phillip, Deanne and Emmett.