About Us

GHHN Physician Recruitment

Who We Are

In 2023 the Physician Recruitment and Retention Program at the City of Hamilton (Hamilton Physicians) joined the Greater Hamilton Health Network as the GHHN Physician Recruitment Program.

With a focus on recruiting new family physicians and supporting those currently practicing in the community, the GHHN Physician Recruitment Program strives to improve access to primary care for all patients. Program staff help local family physicians navigate the process of transitioning into or out of practice and provide direct support in securing a successor or temporary (locum) coverage.

The GHHN Physician Recruitment Program is available to answer questions regarding the family medicine landscape, the local medical community, primary care payment models, licensing, immigration, the process of taking over a practice, options after retirement and more.

Recruitment Team

The GHHN Physician Recruitment is a small team with additional support from the Greater Hamilton Health Network, dedicated to engaging primary care and building community health in Hamilton.

Brad van den Heuvel

Brad van den Heuvel

Director of Physician Recruitment

Brad has over a decade of experience in health workforce planning and physician recruitment. He previously managed Ontario Physician Locum Programs at HealthForceOntario (now Ontario Health), ensuring adequate specialist coverage and preventing emergency department closures. At Hamilton Physicians, he spearheaded Family Medicine Recruitment efforts, collaborating with healthcare professionals and community stakeholders to address staffing challenges. As Director of Physician Recruitment at GHHN, Brad leads initiatives to enhance care quality in Hamilton.

Services We Provide

Active Local Family Physicians

  • Succession planning
  • Support navigating the process of leaving a practice
  • Help to secure locum coverage for family practices in the region

New/Prospective Family Physicians

For new physicians moving into the community, we provide support and connect you to resources to help make your transition to Hamilton go smoothly. This includes support to navigate the process of taking over a practice and the licensing and immigration process.

We provide support to find locum or permanent positions in:

  • Family practice
  • Long-term care
  • Hospitalist
  • Walk-in/fee-for-service clinics
  • Student or community health centre

All Family Physicians

  • Connect physicians with various resources (lawyers, realtors, clinic owners, accounting firms, billing optimization providers etc.)
  • Provide information on the local family medicine landscape (average locum rates, timelines to take over a practice, typical overhead etc.).


Job Seekers


International medical students and physicians: apply for licensing in Canada.


Taking over a family practice.

Leaving a Practice


Closing a medical practice


Closing a practice: a guide for physicians


Closing or leaving a practice: tips for physicians

Licensing Bodies


The College of Family Physicians of Canada


The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario


Primary Care Branch at the Ministry of Health

Information on billings, payment models, etc.


I had the pleasure of working with Brad in 2023. I was looking for a physician to take over my family practice, and Brad was dedicated in helping me to find someone. I appreciated his attention to detail and creativity when dealing with the Ministry in ensuring a seamless transfer of my family practice to a new physician. Highly recommend!

Dr. Roopa Arora

Arora Aesthetics

The Physician Recruitment program was instrumental to my successful transition to independent family practice in Hamilton. Brad helped me to review the various available options in the community. He connected and assisted in ongoing communication with retiring physicians, and he helped to provide objective and unbiased advice in setting expectations during the negotiation process. We are very fortunate to have such a program available to us, as it prioritizes the necessities of both incoming and departing physicians and ensures there is support with perhaps the most important decisions of our career!

Dr. Brendan Singh

Singh Family Medicine

My experience and collaboration with you during the family practice office transfer to another physician in 2022-2023 was extraordinarily positive. You helped me tremendously with finding a new physician and facilitating the transfer of the practice. You were always there with support and advice when I needed it, and you were consistently present and supportive by looking for and finding additional opportunities for part-time work since my semi-retirement. It is greatly appreciated.

Dr. Kate Sumanac

Jack Nathan Functional Health Walk-In Clinic

Media & Reports

March 2024 GHHN Newsletter

March 2024 GHHN Newsletter

Happy March Everyone!

I know so many of you are busy with fiscal year end activities, so appreciate you taking the time to read the newsletter. Seasons are already changing, although I am not sure we had a true winter. We have added to the team this month to look after important priorities like mental health and addictions, health equity and home care. Over the last two months, GHHN has been busy moving our acceleration priorities ahead: consulting with patients and providers about CHF and COPD for our health pathway work, completing a primary care network readiness assessment and preparing for expanding team-based care in primary care.

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January 2024 GHHN Newsletter

January 2024 GHHN Newsletter

Happy 2024 GHHN! Another year has passed and now new opportunities are before us. I hope you all had some downtime, rest, chocolate, or whatever rejuvenates you! There is so much ahead for the GHHN in 2024. Our new strategic plan is now live, we are diving deeper into...

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GHHN October 2023 Newsletter

GHHN October 2023 Newsletter

It continues to be an exciting time for the GHHN!  On September 27th, it was announced that the GHHN is one of 12 OHTs chosen to implement an advanced workplan and work towards OHT designation at a rapid rate. What does this mean? It means we are working towards...

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