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World-renowned Faculty

The IMHL is a collaborative effort of McGill's Faculty of Medicine and Desautels Faculty of Management. It builds on Medicine's impressive worldwide reputation for producing effective medical leaders and on Management's established reputation for innovative leadership programs.


Leslie Breitner

Leslie Breitner (DBA [Doctor of Business Administration]'96, Boston University Graduate School of Management; MBA'76, Simmons College Graduate School of Management), joined the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill in 2010 and is the IMHL Program Director. She taught graduate level financial management, nonprofit financial management, and public sector budgeting at the University of Washington, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and Seton Hall University. Leslie was Faculty Director of the Executive Masters in Public Administration Program and the Cascade Executive Programs at the University of Washington in Seattle.  She has also taught and consulted to medical schools, teaching hospitals, foundations, and nonprofit organizations on issues related to financial management, integrated health delivery, and strategic planning.

Breitner is co-author (with the late Professor Robert N. Anthony) of the popular accounting books Essentials of Accounting, 11th Edition and Core Concepts of Accounting, both revised and published in 2012.


Abraham FuksAbraham Fuks, (BSc'68, McGill; MDCM'70, McGill), Former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, is himself a McGill graduate. After training in Internal Medicine and Clinical Immunology in the McGill teaching hospital network, he took three years of postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and histocompatibility antigens at Harvard University. Fuks' research interests include the immunogenetics of diabetes, the biology of tumour-associated antigens and cell adhesion molecules, and ethical aspects of human clinical trial design. He has an ongoing scholarly interest in the language of medicine and its metaphoric structure, and is a professor in the departments of Medicine, Pathology and Oncology at McGill. He continues his work as a professor and is actively involved in the design, content, and also delivery of the IMHL program.


Henry MintzbergHenry Mintzberg, (BEng '61, McGill; PhD '68, MIT), holds the Cleghorn Chair of Management Studies at McGill University. Named as one of the most influential management thinkers in the world by the Financial Times and the New York Times, Professor Mintzberg has published 16 books and 140 articles on managerial work, strategy formation and organizational structure (see publications). For much of the past decade, Professor Mintzberg has worked with colleagues from Canada, England, France, India, and Japan to develop new approaches to management education. In his role as Faculty Director of the IMHL, Professor Mintzberg both teaches in the program and helps lead its modules.  To read more about Henry Mintzberg, go to www.mintzberg.org



Module Directors / Faculty Members

Believing strongly in the value of differing perspectives, each of the five IMHL modules has been developed and is delivered by a different team who collectively possess a variety of interests and expertise. The 50 faculty members represent the entire health spectrum and all areas of management education. They include McGill academics from Management, Medicine, Political Science, etc. as well as renowned practitioners and educators from around the world.

Nancy J. Adler

Professor, McGill University

Nancy J. Adler is a Professor of International Management at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She received her B.A. in economics, M.B.A. and Ph.D. in management from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).  Adler conducts research and consults on global leadership, cross-cultural management, and women as global managers and leaders. She has authored over 100 articles, produced the film, A Portable Life, and published the books, From Boston to Beijing: Managing with a Worldview, International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior (5th edition, 2006), Women in Management Worldwide, and Competitive Frontiers: Women Managers in a Global Economy.

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Nancy Adler consults to private corporations and government organizations on projects in Asia, Europe, North and South America, and the Middle East. She has taught Chinese executives in the People's Republic of China, held the Citicorp Visiting Doctoral Professorship at the University of Hong Kong, and taught executive seminars at INSEAD in France, Oxford University in England, and Bocconi University in Italy. Adler received McGill University's first Distinguished Teaching Award in Management and was one of only a few professors to receive it a second time. Honoring her as one of Canada's top university professors, she was selected as a 3M Teaching Fellow.

Nancy Adler has served on the Board of Governors of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the Canadian Social Science Advisory Committee to UNESCO, the Strategic Grants Committee of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the executive committees of the Pacific Asian Consortium for International Business, Education and Research, the International Personnel Association, and the Society for Human Resource Management's International Institute, as well as having held leadership positions in the Academy of International Business (AIB), the Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research (SIETAR), and the Academy of Management.

Adler is the co-chair of the Forum on Business as an Agent of World Benefit: Management Knowledge Leading Positive Change, co-sponsored by the UN Global Compact and the Academy of Management. She received ASTD's International Leadership Award, SIETAR's Outstanding Senior Interculturalist Award, the YWCA's Femme de Mérite (Woman of Distinction) Award, and the Sage Award for scholarly contributions to management. She was elected to both the Fellows of the Academy of International Business and the Academy of Management Fellows, and was recently inducted into the Royal Society of Canada.

Nancy Adler is also a visual artist working primarily in water-based media. Her most recent exhibition "Reality in Translation: Art Transforming Apathy into Action" was held at the Banff Centre.

Alan Engelstad

Adjunct Professor, McGill University

Alan Engelstad is an Adjunct Professor of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. Since first reading Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals while studying Public Health at the University of Minnesota, Engelstad has been fascinated by the many questions surrounding the notion of "change" and has been equally frustrated by the usual answers. This fascination eventually led him to search for and develop new ways of achieving ambitious ends by minimalist means.

For 20 years, Alan Engelstad has worked with executives in North America and Europe, using his expertise on "how things change" to capture latent value within their companies that would otherwise be out of reach. At the same time, he has worked with leaders in social sector organizations, applying the same expertise to issues in health care, education, housing and social enterprise innovation.

Antonia Maioni

Associate Professor of Political Science, McGill University

Antonia Maioni is Associate Professor of Political Science and the Institute for Social Health and Policy. From 2001 to 2011 she served as Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada while holding the position of William Dawson Scholar. She studied at St. Mary's University and Université Laval, and earned an M.A. from Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University. She has taught at the University of Ottawa, and has held visiting appointments at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, Harvard's Center for European Studies, Duke University's North American Studies Program, and the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute.

Professor Maioni has published widely in the fields of Canadian and comparative politics, with a particular focus on public policy. She is author of Parting at the Crossroads: The Emergence of Health Insurance in the United States and Canada (Princeton University Press, 1998) and is currently investigating political change and the future of the Canadian health care model through funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Canadian Institute for Health Research. Maioni is a frequent media commentator on Canadian and Quebec politics and public policy. She is a mentor in the Action Canada program for young leaders, the Sauvé Scholars and the Canadian Merit Scholars programs.  

Theodore Marmor

Professor of Public Policy and Management, Yale School of Management and Harvard University

Educated at Harvard and Oxford, Professor Marmor teaches at Yale's Law School and Political Science department as well as at its School of Management. His books include The Politics of Medicare (1973, 2000); America's Misunderstood Welfare State, co-authored with Mashaw and Harvey (1992); Understanding Health Care Reform (1994); and Fads and Fashions in Medical Care Management (2004).

Former editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (1980-85) and former policy advisor to Walter Mondale (1983-84), Marmor is a fellow of the Institute of Medicine, The National Academy of Social Insurance, and emeritus fellow of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research (1987-93).

Nirmala Murthy

Adjunct Professor, McGill University

Nirmala Murthy is an honorary president of the Foundation for Research in Health Systems, a non-profit research organization, which she helped create in 1989. She has a Masters degree in statistics from Bombay University, India (1967) and a doctorate (D.SC) from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA (1974). In 1974 she joined the faculty of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, doing research and training in the area of public health management.

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Nirmala Murthy is a specialist in Health Information Systems, monitoring and evaluation of Health and Welfare programs and has designed several management training programs for health care providers working at different levels in public health systems. As early as 1983 she pioneered the computerised health information system that involved digitization of primary health records in one rural block of over 300,000 population and tracked health services received by over 30,000 women and children for over 3 years. This system had then demonstrated the feasibility of using microcomputers, which was then an emerging technology, in a rural setting and also showed that significant improvement in service quality and coverage could be expected when services were personalized. Since then, she has replicated this concept in different programs like HIV/AIDS, child nutrition, and reproductive health, which has now been adopted at the national level.

Currently Murthy is implementing a new model of integrated HMIS in slums of 10 cities in Uttar Pradesh using mobile telephones where community workers update the health records using their mobile phones as SMS or through GPRS, and the real time date are made available to program managers, as and when needed. She is also the principal investigator of a 3-year research project that involved developing a set of mHealth applications related to mother and child care services and assessing their impact on poor and rural population in Karnataka, India.  Murthy has published over 50 research papers in journals and books in her area of expertise.



Recent Visiting Professors have included:

Rafael Bengoa, Minister for Health in the Basque Country, Spain
Harry Burns, Chief Medical Officer, Scotland
Michael Decter, Founding Chair of Health Council of Canada, former Deputy Minister of Health for Ontario, Canada
Alexander S. Preker, Head of Health Investment Policy and Lead Economist, World Bank Group, USA
Leslie Ramsammy, Honorable Minister of Health, Guyana

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