Dr. Preston Smith became the dean of medicine at the University of Saskatchewan on July 1, 2014, with a term of five years. Prior to that, he spent five years as the senior associate dean of education at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine, a role that encompassed a range of medical education portfolios including undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development, as well as medical education, research and scholarship.
A highly regarded medical educator and administrator, he completed both his undergraduate and postgraduate medical education at Dalhousie University, and is a Fellow in the College of Family Physicians of Canada. In 2010, he completed a Master of Education in Curricular Studies, with a focus on medical education. He also has extensive experience in health-care administration, having served as chief of family medicine and chief of medical staff and vice-president, medicine for the South-East Regional Health Authority in Nova Scotia, where he was responsible for physician services and risk management. He is recognized for his strengths in developing relationships, collaboration, consensus building and change management, and has a lifelong excitement about innovation and change.