Dr. Belanger is the Vice President, Quality and Chief Medical Officer for Alberta Health Services and member of the executive leadership team. In his current role, Dr. Belanger oversees the integration and coordination of a complex health delivery model for the province through seven accountability functions: Provincial Clinical Support Services; CancerControl Alberta; Quality & Healthcare Improvement; Strategic Clinical Networks; Clinical Informatics and Clinical Information Systems; Medical Affairs, and maintaining effective partnerships with academic institutions and other physician-led organizations.
A key mandate of the Quality and CMO position is to maintain a strong emphasis on the importance of quality and patient safety, engagement, leadership development, and relationships between medical staff and the health care system.
Prior to assuming this interim role, Dr. Belanger was the Vice President and Medical Director, Central and Southern Alberta, and the Medical Director, Calgary Zone. He has also held several medical leadership positions in AHS and the former Calgary Health Region. These include Senior Vice President and Zone Medical Director for the Calgary Zone (AHS); Acting Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of AHS; Zone Medical Director, Calgary Zone (AHS); and the Calgary Health Region/University of Calgary interim and deputy department head of Pediatrics. He continues to practise as a pediatric emergency physician at the Alberta Children's Hospital and South Health Campus in Calgary.
Originally from Ottawa, Dr. Belanger obtained his medical degree from the University of Ottawa. His post-graduate work in pediatrics was done at the University of Alberta and McGill University. He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at McGill University. Dr. Belanger continues to be active in resident education, maintaining his status as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Belanger has assumed active roles in national organizations. He was the President of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) from 2002-04 and chaired the Specialty Committee, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada from 2006 to 2012.
Dr. Belanger is a patient-focused senior health executive who is recognized for his commitment in building quality and safety cultures, and realizing whole system performance and transformation. He is a collaborator-builder noted for his “bottom up” approach, and developing strong ties with clinicians, academic medicine and other community stakeholders for meeting patient needs, and accomplishing high-level organizational goals. He is an enthusiastic strategic and operational medical leader who moves teams toward implementing creative solutions and attaining greater system functioning and patient outcomes.
Dr. Belanger lives in the foothills close to Calgary, Alberta. He is an avid cyclist and likes to travel and spend time with his family.