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 Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) in Alberta is Dr. James Talbot. His role is supported by senior provincial medical officers of health, Dr. Martin Lavoie and Dr. Ada Bennett.

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. James Talbot

photo of Dr. James TalbotDr. James Talbot is the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Alberta. He was a Senior Provincial Medical Officer of Health for Alberta since September 2009 until his new appointment in 2012. Dr. Talbot has a B.Sc. degree, PhD in biochemistry and an M.D. from the University of Toronto. He is a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons specialist in medical microbiology.

Dr. Talbot has worked in public health since 1991, with posts as the director of the Provincial Laboratory for Northern Alberta, Chief Medical Officer for Nunavut and Associate Medical Officer of Health for Capital Health and then Alberta Health Services.

 

Deputy Medical Officers of Health

The Deputy Medical Officers 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.

Dr. Ada Bennett

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), the Department of Social Medicine (University of Bristol) and the U.K.’s Health Protection Agency 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 a Deputy Medical Officer of Health for Alberta, Dr. Bennett worked in the province as a Medical Officer of Health.