Dr. Doris Grinspun is the Chief Executive Officer of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), the top professional association representing registered nurses in the province of Ontario. RNAO’s mandate is to advocate for healthy public policy and for the role of registered nurses. Grinspun assumed this position in April 1996.
From 1990 to 1996, Grinspun served as Director of Nursing at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. She has also worked in practice and administrative capacities in Israel and the United States
Grinspun, who was born in Chile, has an RN diploma from Hadassah School of Nursing in Jerusalem, Israel; a baccalaureate degree from Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel; a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and a PhD in Sociology from York University in Toronto, Ontario.
Grinspun is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto; an Adjunct Professor at the School of Nursing, York University; and an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CERLAC) at York University. In 2014, Grinspun was elected as Director At Large, Board of Directors of Sigma Theta Tau International - Honor Society of Nursing.
From 1996 to 1999, Grinspun was the appointed Chair of the Acquired Brain Injury Network of Metropolitan Toronto, a network representing all publicly funded agencies. For over two decades Grinspun has worked extensively on many international projects in Latin and Central America, China, Australia and Europe. Dr. Grinspun has published and spoken extensively in Canada and abroad. She is a forceful advocate of the Canadian health-care system and the contribution of registered nurses to its success. Her expertise is in the areas of health policy, nursing and evidence-based workplace policies and practices.
Grinspun has been featured in numerous publications, including: North of the City (North York, Ontario, 2004); National Review of Medicine (Canada, 2004); GP Provincial Profile (Ontario, 2005); Pace International (Australia, 2005); Factor Hispano (2006); Nursing Economics (USA, 2010); La Vanguardia (Spain, 2011); Jewish Tribune (Canada, 2012). Throughout her career, Grinspun has received numerous professional and scholarly awards. These include: Being invested in 2003 with the Order of Ontario, an award created in 1986 by the Government of Ontario to recognize the highest level of individual excellence and achievement in any field. In 2010, Dr. Grinspun was named one of the ten most influential Hispanic Canadians by Canadian Hispanic Business Association (CHBA); in 2011, she was conferred the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). In 2012 she received the Nursing Leadership award from Sigma Theta Tau Lambda-Pi-At-Large, and in 2013 was recognized with the Nursing Leadership Award from the Canadian College of Health Leaders; as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal