Our Story

Dr. Robert Francis

Medcan was founded in Toronto in 1987 by Dr. Robert Francis, a primary care physician and pioneer in preventive medicine in Canada. Dr. Francis had a clear vision: to create a small town healthcare experience, but on a larger scale, embodying the same attention to care, prevention and treatment he experienced as a young patient in Nova Scotia.

Dr. Francis came from modest beginnings in Nova Scotia. He fast-tracked through high school and university, graduating from St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science degree at the age of 19. Dr. Francis met his wife Sharon while at St. Francis Xavier University. He graduated from medical school at McGill University in 1968, and then spent three years as a military doctor in the Maritimes. In 1973, Dr. Francis and Sharon Francis returned to Toronto, where he had completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Toronto.

In 1987, Dr. Francis established the Medcan Clinic, a practice in which Canadians could go beyond the one-size-fits all healthcare model. At Medcan, patients were provided a quality consultation with a physician, which included a thorough review of same-day test results. No rushed appointments. No time wasted. And patients left assured that they were doing all they possibly could for their well-being.

The Annual Health Assessment was, and remains, the foundation of the Medcan commitment to preventive medicine. It gives a complete picture of one’s current health. It also helps identify future risks, so action can begin to proactively manage any issues.

Since 1994, Dr. Francis’ son, Shaun, has been closely involved in the management of Medcan. Like his father, Shaun’s academic career developed a commitment to military principles of teamwork, discipline, partnership and support. In 2003, Shaun became Chief Executive Officer at Medcan, partnering with his father on an ambitious expansion that saw Medcan broaden its areas of expertise to become one of the world’s largest providers of preventive healthcare.

Today, Medcan operates under the same values that Dr. Francis established in 1987, putting the relationship with our clients, and their healthcare needs, above all.