Chief Medical Officer of Health

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (OCMOH) provides public health expertise to support health surveillance, population health and disease control initiatives on issues of public health importance.

The acting Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) in Alberta is Dr. Ada Bennett. Her role is supported by a senior provincial medical officer of health, Dr. Martin Lavoie.

The OCMOH promotes and protects the health of Albertans under the authority of the Public Health Act. The OCMOH acts as a liaison between the government and Alberta Health Services, medical officers of health, and executive officers in the administration of the Public Health Act.

The CMOH is a member of the Alberta Health executive and reports directly to the Minister of Health, and advises on matters relating to the health of the population.

Chief Medical Officer of Health

Dr. Ada Bennett (Acting)

photo of Ada BennettDr. Bennett is a graduate of Kuban State Medical University Krasnodar, Russia and is a specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. She holds post-graduate qualifications from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (University of London, U.K.), the Department of Social Medicine (University of Bristol, U.K.) and the Health Protection Agency, a part of Public Health England, with fellowships in Public Health and Preventive Medicine from the U.K. Royal College of Physicians and the Irish Royal College of Physicians.

Prior to becoming the acting Chief Medical Officer of Health for Alberta, Dr. Bennett was a Deputy Medical Officer of Health for Alberta. She also worked in the province as a Medical Officer of Health for Alberta Health Services in the South zone.

Deputy Medical Officer of Health

The Deputy Medical Officer of Health assists the Chief Medical Officer of Health in promoting and protecting the health of Albertans under the authority of the Public Health Act.

Dr. Martin LavoieDr. Martin Lavoie

Dr. Martin Lavoie, Deputy CMOH, is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in community medicine.

Since arriving in Alberta in 2002, Dr. Lavoie has worked as Medical Officer of Health for the former David Thompson Health region. In January 2009, he was appointed the Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health.