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July 20, 2004
City Council appoints Dr. David McKeown as Medical Officer of Health
Dr. David McKeown has been appointed Toronto's new Medical Officer of Health.
The appointment was made today by City Council on the recommendation of the
City's Board of Health.

Dr. McKeown has a wealth of experience in the public health field, having
served as Medical Officer of Health in the Borough of East York, the City of
Toronto immediately prior to amalgamation, and most recently in the Region of

Dr. McKeown replaces Dr. Sheela Basrur, who was appointed Provincial Medical
Officer of Health in January. He will assume his new role September 7.

Dr. Barbara Yaffe, who has done an excellent job as Toronto's Acting Medical
Officer of Health since January, will continue in that role in the interim.

"Dr. McKeown has been an outstanding leader in public health," said Councillor
John Filion, Chair of the Toronto Board of Health. "His experience and
abilities make him a perfect fit for the very demanding job of Toronto's
Medical Officer of Health."

Dr. McKeown is a physician specialist in Community Medicine. He received his
medical and public health training at McGill University and the University of
Toronto. He holds a Masters degree in Community Health and Epidemiology and is
a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

For more information,
contact Councillor John Filion at 416-392-0210.



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