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Cultivating the next generation of healthcare leaders: reflections from an established healthcare leader
  1. Rakhshan Kamran1,
  2. Andrea S Doria2,3
  1. 1Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  2. 2Department of Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology, Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  3. 3Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrea S Doria, Department of Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada; andrea.doria{at}


Background Dr Andrea Doria is Professor and Vice-Chair of Radiology (Clinical Practice Improvement) at the University of Toronto, Research Director, Senior Scientist and Imaging Lead of Personalised Child Health, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto, Canada. Over the past few decades, Dr Doria has established a track record of healthcare leadership. Based on Dr Doria’s extensive leadership experience, she believes it is essential for established healthcare leaders to be involved in cultivating emerging healthcare leaders.

Methods An interview was conducted with Dr Doria to learn about key lessons she believes are essential for healthcare leaders to help develop the next generation. Dr Doria reflected on her leadership style and experiences, sharing what has worked to improve the effectiveness of her teams.

Results Key messages were reflected upon, including practical ways for senior leaders to support the next generation; leadership insights gained from the pandemic; the importance of building diversity in teams and nurturing leaders from underrepresented minorities; challenges to be aware of for the future of healthcare leadership; finding inspiration from team members and essential traits for healthcare leaders.

Conclusion Through cultivating the next generation of healthcare leaders, established leaders can be involved in establishing a brighter future for healthcare. This article describes reflections and practical takeaways that can help established leaders support emerging leaders and build their leadership skills.

  • career development
  • clinical leadership
  • medical leadership
  • mentoring

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  • Contributors RK conducted the interview with ASD. ASD edited the manuscript. The two authors approve of the final submission.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.