Gail Tomblin Murphy

Vice-President of Research and Innovation, Nova Scotia Health Authority

Role: Associate

Stream: Economic Recovery, Public Health

Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy believes that partnerships and networks are the cornerstone of the uptake of research, and that to have true uptake, decision-makers , health researchers and innovators need to work together from the outset. As the Vice President of Research, Innovation & Discovery and CNE of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Gail has been an active champion of innovation in healthcare, leading our teams to seek creative solutions and agile processes to address the challenges with our health system in order to deliver the best care for the best health outcomes.

As an internationally recognized expert in population needs-based approaches to health systems and workforce planning, evaluation and research, Gail is committed to building capacity for using evidence to inform health policy and practice. Gail has been an Expert Advisor on health workforce to the World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization since 2005 and is the Director of the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research (Dalhousie University). She is actively involved in a number of national and international networks, including the World Health Innovation Network, the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, Primary Health Care to Communities, and the Canadian Health Human Resources Network. In her 30 years at Dalhousie University, Gail became a strong researcher, teacher, mentor and leader, including taking on the roles of Director of the School of Nursing and Assistant Dean Research in the Faculty of Health. In 2019, she was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow.

Gail completed her BN and MN degrees from Dalhousie University and her PhD in nursing from the University of Toronto.