Officers of the Royal College

President Richard Reznick

Photo of Richard K. Reznick, MD, MEd, FRCSC, FACS, FRCSEd (hon), FRCSI (hon), FRCS (hon)

A graduate of McGill University, Dr. Reznick completed a general surgical residency at University of Toronto, before pursuing a master’s degree in medical education at Southern Illinois University and a fellowship in colorectal surgery at University of Texas. His passion for medical education contributed to the founding of the Wilson Centre, a renowned health profession education research institute where he was the inaugural director. In 1999, he was appointed Vice President, Education of the University Health Network. He is a former R. S. McLaughlin Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at University of Toronto. He recently completed ten years as dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University and as chief executive officer of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO).

Dr. Reznick has been active in medical education research and development for his entire career. He was instrumental in developing the OSCE that is now used for medical licensure in Canada. He ran a research program on assessment of technical competence for surgeons and supervised a fellowship program in surgical education. He championed the introduction of competency-based medical education for all residency programs at Queen’s University. His seminal work as an educator has been recognized by organizations such as the Medical Council of Canada, the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Karolinska Institutet and by honorary fellowships in the Royal Colleges of Edinburgh, Ireland and England.

Dr. Reznick has been actively involved with the Royal College for nearly three decades. He has served in various leadership capacities, including as the Royal College’s Vice President of education and Vice Chair of Royal College International

Past President M. Ian Bowmer


Professor Ian Bowmer was elected president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in February 2019. He was the Executive Director and CEO of the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) for eleven years, retiring in October 2018. An internist, infectious disease specialist and HIV care provider and researcher for 40 years; he is Professor Emeritus and the former Dean of Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

In 1991, Dr. Bowmer was elected President of the MCC. He was also appointed to the Council of the Royal College, where he sat as Chair of the Accreditation and Credential Committees. In 1994, he became the first Chair of the Board of the new regional Community Health St. John’s Region. This board amalgamated five separate community services into one institution. He was appointed as one of the original non-government members of the Health Council of Canada in 2004 and became its Vice-Chair from 2007 until July 2010.

Dr. Bowmer is the recipient of several honours. He received Canada’s 125th Confederation Medal. In 2003, he was elected to the Royal College of Physicians, London. He is also an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the American College of Physicians and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He is a recipient of the Dr. Louis Levasseur Award for outstanding contributions to the mission and vision of the MCC and the Ronald V. Christie Award from the Canadian Association of Professors of Medicine for outstanding contribution to academic medicine in Canada. In 2012, the Royal College awarded him the James H. Graham Award for merit, in recognition of achievements reflecting the aims and objectives of the Royal College. He is also a recipient of Senate 150th year anniversary medal for contributions to the community.

CEO Susan Moffatt-Bruce

Dr. Susan Moffatt-Bruce

Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS, FRCSC, became the new CEO of the Royal College on January 6, 2020. She joins the Royal College from the Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center University Hospital where she served as executive director for two years. Prior to that role, she was the OSU Wexner Medical Center’s inaugural chief quality and patient safety officer. She is a professor of surgery and biomedical informatics at OSU.

World-class leader and surgeon

After completing her undergraduate degree at McGill University, she attended medical school at Dalhousie University. During her General Surgery residency at Dalhousie University, Dr. Moffatt-Bruce undertook a PhD in Transplant Immunology at the University of Cambridge, England. She went on to complete her fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University, California. She has also trained at Intermountain Healthcare, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Harvard School of Public Health.

A highly-regarded thoracic surgeon and funded research scientist, Dr. Moffatt-Bruce holds leadership positions in the American Association of Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the National Quality Forum and America’s Essential Hospital.

Sharp business acumen

In addition to medical expertise, Dr. Moffatt-Bruce earned her Masters of Business Operational Excellence and her Executive Masters of Business Administration at the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University. Dr. Moffatt-Bruce’s passion for quality and patient safety, strengthened by an extensive background in business administration, has culminated in more than a decade’s work in continuous improvement. She holds leadership positions in numerous national and international associations and was a member of the Royal College’s Fellowship Affairs Committee.