Faculty Member

Michael Rachlis MD MSc FRCPC

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
Office Address
13 :Langley Avenue Toronto, Ontario M4K1B4
Michael Rachlis MD
Clinical Public Health Division
Adjunct Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member

Research Interests

  • health policy analysis
  • health care quality
  • population health

Education & Training History

Degree University Department Year

MD Manitoba Medicine 1975

MSc McMaster Clinical Epidemiology 1987

FRCPC Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 1988

Other Affiliations

American Public Health Association

Canadian Doctors for Medicare

Canadian Physicians for Global Survival

Canadian Physicians for the Environment

Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Medical Protective Association

Canadian Public Health Association

Ontario Medical Association

Ontario Medical Reform Group

Ontario Public Health Association

Physicians for a Smoke Free Canada

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • Community medicine residents — I teach a mini course in health policy analysis and offer electives and rotations
  • Expert panelist in HAD 5010: Canada's health system and Health Policy
  • Guest panelist in introduction to public health
  • Guest lecturer in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering MIE561 Healthcare Systems
  • Guest lecturer in SWK 4632H Advanced Social Work Practice in Health
  • Guest lecturer in SW 4412 The Context of mental health and healthcare practice

Honours & Awards

  • 1969-73 General Motors Scholarship, University of Manitoba

1982 Physicians’ Services (Ontario) Fellowship for two months study in Seattle

1984-1985 Ontario Ministry of Health Fellowship to support postgraduate study in

clinical epidemiology at McMaster University

1995 Association of Ontario Health Centres Annual Award

2002 Queen’s Jubilee Medal

2009 President’s Award from the National Specialty Society for Community

Medicine for CPD development

2009 University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Community Medicine Residency Program Faculty Educator Award

2010 Doctor of Laws degree (honoris causa) from the University of Manitoba

Faculty of Medicine

2012 JP Maclean lecturer University of Manitoba

2012 Emmett Hall Lecturer Canadian Association of Health Services and Policy


Current Research Projects

Representative Publications

  • Dooling K, Rachlis M. Vancouver’s supervised injection facility challenges Canada’s drug laws. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2010;182:1440 – 1444.

    The Second Stage of Medicare in: Medicare: Facts, Myths, Problems, Promise

    Edited by Greg Marchildon and Bruce Campbell. Published by James Lorimer and Company Ltd. Toronto 2007.

    Priest A, Rachlis MM, Cohen M. Why Wait? B.C. and other Canadian Examples of Public Solutions to Surgical Wait Lists. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. May, 2007. Vancouver

    Rachlis MM. Privatized health care won’t deliver. Wellesley Institute. September 2007. Toronto.

    Rachlis MM. Delivering on Equity: Community based models of access and integration in Ontario’s health system. Wellesley Institute. November 2007. Toronto.

    Rachlis MM. Moving forward with public health in Canada. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2004:95:405-406.

    Rachlis MM. Medicare: Innovation is the Key to Sustainability. Healthcare Management Forum. 2005;18(2):