Dr. James Orbinski is an internationally recognized humanitarian practitioner and advocate, as well as a leading scholar and scientist in global health.
After extensive field experience with Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF), James Orbinski was elected MSF’s International President from 1998 to 2001. From 2001-04, he co-chaired MSF’s Neglected Diseases Working Group, which created and launched the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi).
James joined St. Michael’s Hospital as a research scientist in 2003 and the University of Toronto as an associate professor of both medicine and political science in 2005. In 2004, he co-founded Dignitas International.
James currently serves as the Director of the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research at York University, a Professor with the Faculty of Health, School of Health Policy & Management at York University and a Professor (Adjunct) with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.