Biography

Jia Hu, MD, is a physician with Cleveland Clinic Canada’s Advisory Services. As part of the Corporate Medical Director program, Dr. Hu offers medical guidance for organizations to improve employee health and wellness.

Dr. Hu obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard University, before going on to obtain his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Alberta. He completed his residency at the University of Toronto and St. Mike’s Hospital. A strong interest in Health Policy and Planning led him to London, UK, where he undertook a Masters at the London School of Economics & London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Hu completed training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Following residency, he worked in management consulting at McKinsey with a focus on the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. He is currently a Medical Officer of Health with Alberta Health Services. In this role he has played an important role in many aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including scaling-up of testing and contact tracing, development of the mobile contact tracing app, assisting organizations with COVID-19 preparedness and re-opening, and engaging in risk communications. He works part-time as a family physician at a clinic and a long-term care that serves patients with complex medical, mental health, and substance abuse issues. Dr. Hu holds several board and leadership positions.

He is a Board member for Partners in Health (PIH) Canada, where he works to diversify funding and develop a strategic plan to increase PIH Canada activities both internationally and with Indigenous populations domestically. He is the Treasurer and Executive Member for Public Health Physicians of Canada (PHPC). In this role, Dr. Hu provides financial oversight to PHPC, the national specialist society for public health physicians.

When he is not practicing medicine, Dr. Hu stays active by jogging and playing squash. He is conversant in Mandarin Chinese.

Education/Training

Degree
University of Toronto
Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Toronto, ON
Masters
London School of Economics & London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Health Policy, Planning, and Finance 
London, UK
Residency
University of Toronto
St. Michael's Hospital
Family Medicine
Toronto, ON

Doctor of Medicine
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB

 

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Harvard University
Economics
Cambridge, MA

 

Certifications

  • Certification in the College of Family Physicians
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada

Specialty Interests

  • Public health
  • Immunizations
  • Healthcare policy and management

Professional Memberships

  • Alberta Medical Association
  • Canadian Medical Association