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. Karen Grimsrud. She officially started her new role on April 18, 2016. The Chief Medical Officer of Health is supported by the Deputy Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Martin Lavoie.

The Chief Medical Office of Health is a member of the Alberta Health executive team and reports to the Deputy Minister of Health. In extraordinary situations, such as a public health emergency, to ensure the welfare of Albertans, the Chief Medical Officer of Health may report directly to the Minister of Health.

Chief Medical Officer of Health

Dr. Karen Grimsrud

Image of Dr. GrimsrudDr. Karen Grimsrud is a graduate of the University of Alberta, and completed her public health training at the University of Toronto. 

Dr. Grimsrud served for a number of years in Alberta’s public health system, holding the position of Deputy Medical Officer of Health with the Edmonton Board of Health, and both the Deputy Provincial Health Officer and Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health with Alberta Health.

Since 2009, Dr. Grimsrud has worked with the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Her major areas of interest and responsibility have been in the areas of immunization, communicable disease control, public health emergency preparedness, chronic disease prevention and evidence-based public health methodology and guideline development.

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, Acting 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.

After arriving in Alberta in 2002, Dr. Lavoie worked as Medical Officer of Health for the former David Thompson Health region. Dr. Lavoie was appointed the acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health in January 2009, and was appointed to the position permanently in September 2009. He served as the Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health from November 2015 until April 17, 2016.