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Dr. Rebecca Van Iersel

Dr. Rebecca Van IersalDr. Rebecca Van Iersel, BSc, MD, CCFP
Medical Director of Integrated Care

Dr. Van Iersel graduated from Queen’s University School of Medicine in 2005 and completed residency at the University of Toronto, Rural Family Medicine Residency Program. Her years practicing family medicine in Orillia have included emergency, hospitalist medicine and obstetrics. 

Dr. Van Iersel has extensive experience as a physician leader, working to improve the way in which people experience the Ontario health care system. For her contribution to regional approaches to our opioid epidemic and medical assistance in dying, she was the recipient of the
Ontario College of Family Physicians 2018 Award of Excellence. She is currently Medical Director of Integrated Care at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health. In this role she is advancing the quality of physical health care. Dr. Van Iersel is trained in the work of Dr. Brené Brown, as a Certified Daring Way Facilitator. She has additional mental health training with an interest in trauma and addiction and provides clinical care within the Georgianwood Concurrent Disorders Program. 

Key words: physician leader, opioid epidemic, medical assistance in dying, trauma and addiction.

Research Interests

Qualitative research; social determinants of health; applied research that can impact patient care.



Grady, C., Han, H., Roberts, L., & Van Iersel, R. (2021, May). Effectively engaging physicians in system change. In Healthcare Management Forum (Vol. 34, No. 3, pp. 149-153). Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications.

Green, M. E., & Van Iersel, R. I. (2007). Response of rural physicians in a non-fee-for-service environment to acute increases in demand due to physician shortages. Can J Rural Med12
(1), 10-5.

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