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Dr. Sarita Verma, BA, LLB, MD, CCFP, FCFP

Dr. Sarita Verma

Dr. Verma is the Dean, President and CEO of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. She currently sits on the boards of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, the Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury, and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.

She is a former Vice President, Education at the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. Prior to this role, she was the Associate Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions and Special Advisor to the Dean of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Verma was also bestowed the title of Professor Emerita in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Toronto.

As a family physician (McMaster University, 1991), lawyer (University of Ottawa, 1981) and Canadian diplomat, Dr. Verma practised international mediation with the foreign service of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Sudan and Ethiopia.

Dr. Verma is known for her commitment to equity, diversity and advocacy for marginalized, underserved populations. In her current role, she has spearheaded and nurtured tangible values, action-based campaigns, educational awareness and regional initiatives supporting truth and reconciliation, wellness, Indigenous health and access to health care in rural and remote areas of Northern Ontario.

Dr. Sarita Verma – Biography


For more from Dr. Verma, please see her blog titled Northern Routes.


The Dean’s Office sets the direction for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) by establishing priorities that support the overall strategy, vision, and mission of the School.

The primary responsibilities of the Dean’s Office include overseeing school operations, communicating and advancing the School’s vision, and developing strategies to ensure the School meets it’s corporate, academic and social accountability mandates.

The Dean’s Office includes:

For more information about NOSM’s Board of Directors or Academic Council, please visit the Leadership and Governance section of our website.