Joel Lexchin received his MD from the University of Toronto in 1977 and for the past 33 years has been an emergency physician at the University Health Network. He is currently a Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. From 1992-94 he was a member of the Ontario Drug Quality and Therapeutics Committee and he was the chair of the Drugs and Pharmacotherapy Committee of the Ontario Medical Association from 1997-99. He has been a consultant for the province of Ontario, various arms of the Canadian federal government, the World Health Organization, the government of New Zealand and the Australian National Prescribing Service. He is the author or co-author of over 145 peer-reviewed articles on multiple aspects of pharmaceutical policy. His book Private Profit versus Public Policy: The Pharmaceutical Industry and the Canadian State will be published by University of Toronto Press in September 2016.