Ryan Meili is a physician who, in the words of Rudolf Virchow, practices “medicine at a larger scale.”
In March, 2017, Ryan was elected as the NDP MLA for the Saskatoon Meewasin constituency and is now serving as provincial opposition critic for Advanced Education, Housing and Poverty.
Trained in Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, Ryan practiced as a rural locum all over Saskatchewan, worked in rural Mozambique, and for the last several years practiced at the West Side Community Clinic in inner-city Saskatoon. As a student, he helped found the SWITCH student-run clinic in Saskatoon.
Ryan is an Assistant Professor at the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, where he served as founding head of the Division of Social Accountability, director of the Making the Links Certificate in Global Health, and co-lead of SHARE: the Saskatchewan HIV/AIDS Research Endeavour. His 2012 book, A Healthy Society: How a focus on health can revive Canadian democracy, is a Canadian bestseller.
Prior to his political career, Ryan founded Upstream, a national, non-profit organization focussed on build a healthy society through evidence-based, people-centred ideas. He lives in Saskatoon with his wife Mahli Brindamour, who practices as a paediatrician, and their son Abraham.