John Malcolm Maxted 
Location served:
Years in Practice:
1976 to Present
Area of Specialization:
Family Medicine  


Dr. John Malcolm Maxted was born in Hamilton, Ontario on the 15th of February, 1949.  Dr. Maxted is the eldest of 5 sons born to Jack Maxted and the former Margaret Caldwell.  His siblings are; Mark, Randolph, Steven and Paul.  When Dr. Maxted was 3 years old, his family moved to Ottawa.  Dr. Maxted attended City View Public School and Meadowlands Public School in Ottawa.  He attended Brookfield High School for grade 9, then Merivale High School for grades 10-13.

In 1968 Dr. Maxted attended the University of Ottawa graduating M.D. in 1974.  Dr. Maxted did post graduate training in family medicine at the University of Western Ontario in London from 1974 until 1976.  From this course of study he received his Certificate in Family Medicine (C.C.F.P.).  After completing these studies, Dr. Maxted moved to Dresden to begin a family practice with Dr. John Payne at 564 George Street in Dresden.

Dr. Maxted married Louise Allan on the 23rd of December, 1972 at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa.  Mrs. Maxted was the 2nd of 5 children born to Bertram and Arbutus Allan.  Mrs. Maxted is a registered nurse and she was working at the Ottawa Civic Hospital when she married Dr. Maxted.  Dr. and Mrs. Maxted have 2 children, John and Heidi.

Dr. Maxted moved his office to 640 North Street in Dresden in 1981 and Mrs. Maxted was his receptionist.  Dr. Maxted served as a coroner for Kent, Lambton and Essex Counties from 1980 until 1995.  Dr. Maxted was Chief of Family Medicine at the Public General Hospital in Chatham, Ontario from 1985 until 1991.  He served as Chief of Staff at the Public General Hospital from 1991 until 1995.

From 1993 to 1995, Dr. Maxted studied for his M.B.A. at the University of Toronto, while maintaining his medical practice in Dresden.  During this time he was also Acting Chief of Psychiatry at the Public General Hospital.  In 1995, Dr. Maxted became the first full-time Chief of Staff at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario.

In 1999, Dr. Maxted was appointed the Vice President for Professional Affairs at Comcare Health Services in London.  He held this position until 2002.  From 2002 until 2005, Dr. Maxted was the Director of Health Policies and Government Affairs for The College of Family Physicians of Canada.  In 2004 Dr. Maxted received his Fellowship in Family Medicine (F.C.F.P.) and in 2005 he was promoted to Associate Executive Director of Government and Public Affairs.  Dr. Maxted left the College in 2010 and he returned to practicing medicine part-time and teaching at the Markham Family Medicine Teaching Unit as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Throughout his career, Dr. Maxted maintained his skills by working part-time in Family Medicine in Kitchener, London and Markham.  In 2011, Dr. Maxted was honored with the Award of Excellence by The College of Family Physicians of Canada in recognition of his lifelong commitment to family medicine.

Dr. Maxted received the University of Toronto’s Innovation in Education Award in 2014 and the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015.  In 2016 he was the recipient of the Quality Improvement Program Founder’s Award.

Dr. Maxted helped to establish the Markham Family Medicine Teaching Unit (MFMTU) at the Markam Stouffville Hospital (MSH) and he continued to work there for 11 years.  Dr. Maxted became an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 2017, based on his expertise in patient safety.  Also in 2017, Dr. Maxted was appointed as the Interim Chief of the Family Medicine Department and Teaching Unit at MSH.   Then in 2018 he transitioned to the new position of Academic Chief of the MFMTU.   Dr. Maxted has been a Director on the Board of the College of Family Physicians of Canada from 2015-2021.

In his spare time, Dr. Maxted enjoys spending time with his family, singing in his church choir, making stained glass pieces and travelling with his wife.

Dr. Maxted retired from the practice of medicine on the 1st of July, 2021.

*Dr. John Payne also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.