Dr. Cushman is currently the Director General, Biologics & Genetic Therapies Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch at Health Canada.
He was Chief Executive Officer of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network from 2005 to January 2011. In that role, he focused on reducing surgical and diagnostic wait times, funding and promoting ‘aging at home’ projects, expanding youth and adult addiction treatment programs, completing groundwork for a regional hospital laboratory system, and establishing a regional system for maternal and newborn care.
Prior to this, Dr. Cushman held the position of Medical Officer of Health for the City of Ottawa, where he was instrumental in bringing in smoke-free legislation. Dr. Cushman has worked as a primary care physician in a variety of health-care settings, including the emergency room of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Somerset West Community Health Centre in Ottawa, and along the James and Hudson Bay coasts serving Cree and Inuit populations. Early in his career, he worked at a large African mission hospital for three years.
Dr. Cushman received his undergraduate degree in economics at Harvard University and later attended McMaster University to study medicine. He also earned an MBA from the University of Ottawa.