2005 – Ontario

Dr Jim Ruderman was born in Belarus in the former USSR, where his mother was a general practitioner in a small rural community.

Jim received his medical degree from the University of Toronto and soon after established a community based practice. Jim gradually became more involved with academic family medicine and eventually relocated into the Family Practice Teaching Unit at Women’s College Hospital. More recently Jim has taken on administration duties as Family Physician-in-Chief and Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee at Women’s College and Sunnybrook campuses, where he brings a Family Practice perspective to the highest level of hospital administration. Jim has been awarded his Fellowship with the College.

Jim’s community involvement over the years has ranged from coaching hockey and baseball, to work in community shelters and outreach programs for underprivileged youth.

Jim is active in family medicine research and has more than two dozen publications to his credit on a fittingly broad range of topics. As Associate Professor in the department of family and Community Medicine at U of T, Jim consistently gets great reviews from Family Practice residents, and he has received numerous teaching awards.

Jim and his wife Ila Weiser were married in his third year of medical school, and the year they spent travelling the world after Jim completed his residency is an experience that they will cherish forever. They have four children, now all young adults developing their own careers.

“I am excited by the opportunities to help re-establish Family Practice as the centrepiece of the Canadian healthcare system,” remarks Jim. “Our primary care system is seen as one of the best in the world. We must not allow it to weaken, or diminish.”

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