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Our full-time faculty are clinicians and researchers working at various sites in Hamilton, Ontario. We see our full-time faculty as the heart of the department.

Full-time faculty are required to contribute broadly to the university academy and our faculty do so through clinical teaching, academic developments, research and publications. Our full-time faculty are engaged not only in the education of learners and clinical care of patients, but also are leaders at the provincial and national levels through involvement in professional and regulatory bodies, curriculum and standards development, and policy planning and reform. Through pedagogy and curriculum development, they create innovative learning environments for McMaster students that prepare them for real world clinical practice.

Examples of special interest areas being pursued by our faculty include: child health and development, chronic disease management, drug safety, effectiveness and use, global health, interprofessional teams, primary care reform, palliative care and end-of-life research, and care of the elderly.

Our clinical faculty work primarily within the McMaster Family Health Team and the emergency rooms and delivery rooms of Hamilton Health Sciences and St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. The McMaster Family Health Team is comprised of McMaster Family Practice, Stonechurch Family Health Centre and the Maternity Centre of Hamilton.

In addition to the academic research done by our clinical faculty, we have a robust research division within the department which houses several full-time faculty members including two funded research chairs. Supported by a large administrative group of research coordinators, administrators and site liaisons our research faculty are dedicated to identifying clinical problems and developing pioneering solutions with real world applications.

Together, our full-time faculty are making a difference in the lives of our patients through education and research, postgraduate training and assessment, and collaborations across the health disciplines and beyond.

Learn more about our full-time faculty and their work in our Faculty Directory.

Would you like to join our growing team of full-time faculty members? Available opportunities are listed below.


Expandable List

Do you want to make a difference in the world? Are you interested in deepening your understanding of the importance of primary care to the health of communities? The Department of Family Medicine is a dynamic environment of enthusiastic and dedicated individuals who share that passion. The current landscape of primary care is dense with challenges, but also opportunities. If you want to be involved in the reimagining of primary care in Ontario and Canada, consider this opportunity at McMaster University, where creativity and passion fuel the innovation and discovery for which McMaster is renowned.

McMaster University and the Department of Family Medicine invites applications for full-time faculty member positions with responsibility for clinical supervision of a teaching practice and active staff appointment at the McMaster Family Health Team (MFHT).  In partnership with the Indigenous Health Learning Lodge, we encourage Indigenous applicants who wish to incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing and practicing into their academic career. There are also opportunities to support existing and emerging department priorities including equity, diversity & inclusion (EDI), planetary health, obstetrics, and health system transformation/primary care advocacy. Applicants should also be interested in developing leadership for collective action in clinical and educational transformation.

The successful candidate will join an interprofessional practice and department, providing a full scope of comprehensive family medicine care, serving patients in a variety of urban and inner-city settings. The average practice size in our teaching clinics is 1,000 patients, cared for by a very cohesive and supportive interprofessional team in state of the art clinical and teaching facilities.

This position connects you to an environment that’s intentionally infused with support and mentorship opportunities for development within academic family medicine driven by clinical excellence, teaching, and scholarship interests. Academic activities include teaching family medicine residents and medical students, contributing to the academic development and administration of the Department of Family Medicine, and participating in scholarly activities to further the discipline of family medicine.

If you are an early career physician, there is no better place to learn and be supported. You will receive clinical mentorship, resources for developing scholarly ideas, and support for leadership development. You will have the opportunity to explore and identify what your passions are and how you want to contribute to better health and a brighter world. If you are mid-career physician, you will have an opportunity to contribute to health system transformation and educational leadership.

We highly encourage candidates with a diverse range of lived experiences. As a department, we are deeply committed to Indigenous reconciliation as well as the creation of a culture which seeks inclusive equity. We expect all full-time faculty members to demonstrate a commitment to working through an EDI, ARAO (anti-racism & anti-oppression) and decolonial lens, with strong valuing of Indigenous ways of knowing and wisdom.

Not only will you experience a professionally enriching work environment but also an environment rich in recreational and cultural opportunities. You will enjoy the hidden secrets of Hamilton, bordered by the Niagara Escarpment, wine country, and the Bruce Trail.

The successful candidate must have a CCFP and a license to practice in Ontario. Comprehensive family medicine experience is a requirement. Academic rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

We encourage you to review the recruitment section on our website to better understand if you might be a fit for us. If you self-identify as part of an equity-deserving group (EDG), we invite you to explore the resources available for employees at the departmental, faculty and university level.

To apply, please forward: 

  • A letter of interest along with a curriculum vitae;
  • A brief statement describing any contributions made or planned in relation to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion or inclusive excellence in teaching, research or service within higher education, community-based or other profession settings (2-page maximum)
  • Provide the names of at least three referees; letters of reference are not required and will not be reviewed at the application stage; the Department will request letters of recommendation from referees at later stages of the search process.

Applications can be directed to:

Dr. Cathy Risdon
Chair and Professor, Department of Family Medicine
McMaster University, David Braley Health Sciences Centre, 6th Floor
100 Main Street
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 1H6

The Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University invites applications and nominations for the $2 million endowed McMaster Family Medicine Research Chair.

The Department of Family Medicine is a leader in primary care education and research. We train 200 residents yearly and our research division administered over $6.5 million of funding last year to support diverse research programs in healthy aging, polypharmacy, community paramedicine, eHealth, and child health.

As an internationally recognized and respected scholar, you will have demonstrated success addressing the challenges facing family physicians and primary care providers. You will bring both expertise and passion for improving how we care for patients and how we connect with other members of interprofessional health care teams.

The successful candidate will further an established program of academic research that engages and extends the Department’s core strengths. Academic responsibilities will include teaching medical students and family medicine residents and contributing to the development and administration of the university and hospital Departments of Family Medicine.

The Chair is open to family physicians, researchers and other regulated health professionals. Academic rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

How To Apply
Interested candidates should forward their curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to:

Cathy Risdon, MD, DMan, CCFP, FCFP, FACH
Professor and Chair
Department of Family Medicine

McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
DBHSC, 6th floor
Hamilton, ON
L8S 4K1

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McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and LGBTQ-identified persons. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection procedure, please contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247).