In addition to a BSc (University of Toronto) and a Masters Degree in Education (University of Western Ontario), Dr. Turnbull received his Doctorate in Medicine at Queen’s University and later achieved specialty certification in Internal Medicine through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1982.
Dr. Turnbull has been the Vice-Dean of Medical Education at the University of Ottawa from November 1996 to July 2001, the President of the Medical Council of Canada from 1998 to 2001, the President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario from November 2006 to November 2007 and finally the President of the Canadian Medical Association from August 2010 to August 2011.
Dr. Turnbull has pursued an interest in poverty and its effect on health nationally and internationally. He is one of the founders and is currently the Medical Director of the Inner City Health Project for the homeless in Ottawa. As well, he has been involved in education and health services initiatives to enhance community and institutional capacity and sustainable development in Bangladesh, Africa and the Balkans. He is the recipient of several national and international grants and awards, including the Order of Canada.
In addition to being a specialist in internal medicine, Dr. Turnbull was the Department Chair of Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa from July 2001 to June 2008, a position he left to take on the role of Chief of Staff. He also currently serves as Senior Medical Officer for Correctional Service of Canada. He remains committed as a medical educator with special interests in “Poverty and Health Inequity” and associated health policy.