Ontario government moves to make Dr. Kieran Moore next Chief Medical Officer of Health

TORONTO — With Ontario’s current Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams set to retire in June, it has come time for the province to name his replacement. Today, a spokesperson for MPP Jim McDonell announced that the Ford government will be tabling a motion proposing Dr. Kieran Moore, the Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health, as Williams’ replacement.

“Should this motion pass, Dr. Moore has agreed to take on this important role at a critical juncture in our fight against COVID-19. As we continue to vaccinate more Ontarians and embark on our Roadmap to Reopen in the coming weeks, Dr. Moore’s years of experience working in public health will be crucial as we begin to gradually lift public health measures,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “I would like to thank Dr. Williams for his dedication to safeguarding the health and safety of Ontarians during his many years of service. We are incredibly grateful for his experienced leadership at the helm of the province’s pandemic response to protect our communities from COVID-19 and its devastating impacts.”

Dr. Kieran Moore has served as the Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health since July 1, 2017. Dr. Moore has also had the distinction of serving in a variety of other roles, including as a Program Director for the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program at Queen’s University, as a Professor of emergency, family medicine and public health sciences, at Queen’s University, as an attending physician at Kingston General Hospital (KGH) and Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH), and as a principal investigator at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-funded Canadian Lyme Disease Research Network.

“Being considered for the role of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health is a great honour and one that I do not take lightly,” said Dr. Kieran Moore. “If appointed as the province’s next Chief Medical Officer of Health, I would remain steadfast in my commitment to fight COVID-19 and I would provide all necessary advice to the government to ensure the health and safety of all Ontarians.”

Dr. Moore will work alongside the current Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Williams for a few weeks, starting Monday, June 7th, before he takes over the position on June 26th.

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