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Pediatric leader appointed

Dr. Peter Steer begins exciting new leadership role

January 27, 2003

Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph's Healthcare and the Faculty of Health Sciences of McMaster University have created an exciting new leadership role in children's healthcare for our region.

This month Dr. Peter Steer has taken the new position of President, McMaster Children's Hospital. He has also become Chair of the Faculty's Department of Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatrics for Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph's Healthcare.

The role of President is the first of its kind in Canada. This role brings together clinical, academic and administrative leadership responsibilities and is designed to integrate and strengthen all pediatric services provided by McMaster Children's Hospital while bolstering the position of the hospitals and the university as leaders in pediatric care, research and academic excellence in Canada and the world.

Dr. Steer is a neonatologist and was the director of the Centre for Clinical Studies Women's and Children's Health at Mater Hospital in Queensland, Australia. He was also an associate professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Queensland.

Dr. Steer, 43, is a native of Australia, however, he is familiar with Hamilton's pediatric departments. From July to December 2001, Dr. Steer served as a McMaster Visiting Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, director for McMaster Children's Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and head of the Academic Division of Neonatology for Hamilton Health Sciences.

"It's exciting to have such a visionary and widely-respected leader at the helm of McMaster Children's Hospital," said Murray Martin, President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences. "He brings a wealth of experience as a clinician, researcher and administrator."

Dr. John Kelton, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences, said Dr. Steer, in this key position, will have the unique opportunity to ensure more complete integration between the Faculty's research and training of health professionals and the important clinical work at the hospitals.

"He knows the importance of potential in pediatrics. He has the breadth of understanding and personal qualities necessary to move the discipline forward in the years ahead."

Kevin Smith, CEO of St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, said Dr. Steer's appointment puts the focus on developing a continuum of care and strengthening relationships with the community.

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