Dr. Mike Evans
Health Care and Medical Expert
Dr. Michael Evans is the creator of the worldwide YouTube sensation “23½Hours,” which has been viewed by over four million people, drastically outpacing any other health-based messaging in history. Believing that everyone should take a proactive role in their health, “Dr. Mike” shares both his approach to healthcare education and his invaluable knowledge, offering suggestions on how to best take care of ourselves to avoid disease.
Dr. Mike is a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto; an associate professor of family and community medicine; and Lead, Digital Preventive Medicine at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, which fuses a diverse range of experts—from filmmakers and marketers to designers and media experts—with clinicians, researchers, and patients to produce effective mass messaging.
The media lab fuses creatives, patients, and experts to pioneer “peer to peer healthcare” where medical evidence is “storyfied” and animated to make it engaging enough that people share in their social networks. Their “YouTube Med School for the Public” has over 13 million views and 60,000 subscribers, and is just launching The Better Life Experiment, Locker Room Doctor, and Pimp My Clinic.
While Dr. Mike’s current focus is on using well-designed media to better inform people about health, he also engages the public through his work with traditional media: he is the syndicated house doctor for CBC’s Fresh Air, and previously had a column in The Globe and Mail. His work has also been profiled on The National and Canada AM, in a wide range of publications, and on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. He is also the author of a children’s book, The Adventures of Medical Man, as well as a medical textbook.
While Dr. Evans’s current focus is on using well-designed media to better inform people about health, he also engages the public through his work with traditional media: he is the syndicated house doctor for CBC weekend morning radio (including on Fresh Air), and a column in The Globe and Mail. His work has also been profiled on The National and Canada AM, in a wide range of publications, and on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black.
In 2015, Dr. Mike was bestowed with the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance Award for Distinguished Service to Cancer Research. In 2014, he was given the first worldwide endowed chair in Patient Engagement (and Childhood Nutrition) at the University of Toronto, and also awarded the McNeil Medal from the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of outstanding communication of science and medicine to the public. In 2012, Dr. Mike was awarded the Gold Medal for Social Media at the Web Health Awards; was chosen as a Zoomer magazine “Top 45 Canadians Over 45” citation; and was picked by the CBC as one of the five “Health Heroes” of the year.
He is a founding director of the Centre for Effective Practice; a member of the Canadian Expert Drug Advisory Committee and Vice-Chair of the Canadian Optimal Medication and Utilization Service; and Chair of Patient Education for the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He is also the former Scientific Officer for Knowledge Translation and Exchange at the Canadian Institute for Health Research. In 2014, Dr. Evans acted as the CBC doctor for the Sochi Olympics.