Dr. Alex Anawati has dedicated most of his career to advancing social accountability as the equity-oriented health policy strategy for health system change and leads this work in many ways including as the Principal Investigator and Co-Lead for the SAFE for Health Institutions Project. He is a charter class graduate from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine University (NOSMU) and is an Emergency Physician in Sudbury, Northern Ontario who also helps deliver primary care to people who are unhoused. Dr. Anawati led a community call-to-action that resulted in the academic health sciences centre Health Sciences North (HSN) prioritizing social accountability in their 2018-2024 strategic plan. He was later appointed Clinician Lead for Social Accountability to further strengthen the institution’s strategy.
An Associate Professor at NOSMU, Dr. Anawati regularly teaches undergraduate and postgraduate learners around key topics linked to social accountability. His academic, scholarly, administrative and leadership activities include completing two terms as a member of NOSMU’s Board of Directors, acting as the Global Health Coordinator and is the current Deputy Speaker of the Academic Senate. He was a founding member of the Dr. Gilles Arcand Centre for Health Equity and is acting as the Physician Lead for Policy, Advocacy and Leadership. He is a member of the ASPIRE for Excellence in Social Accountability Panel and has been a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Social Accountability Working Group.
He has delivered over 25 presentations, workshops and acted as a panelist in a number of local, provincial, national and international forums and has been invited to author articles with respect to social accountability in health care. Dr. Anawati was recognized as one of Sudbury’s 40 Under Forty for his work on social accountability in medicine.