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.

Dr. Karen Grimsrud has been the Chief Medical Officer of Health in Alberta since April 18, 2016. She is supported by the Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, and Deputy Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kristin Klein.

The Chief Medical Officer 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. Grimsrud Dr. 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.

From 2009 to 2016, Dr. Grimsrud 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.

Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health

The Deputy Chief 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.

image of Dr. HinshawDr. Deena Hinshaw

Dr. Deena Hinshaw completed her undergraduate degree at Augustana University College in Camrose, Alberta. She did her medical degree, Masters in Public Health and residencies in family medicine and community medicine at the University of Alberta. Dr. Hinshaw worked as a Medical Officer of Health in the Central Zone of Alberta Health Services from January 2010 to July 2017. She also served as the Medical Officer of Health lead in the area of public health surveillance and infrastructure for Alberta Health Services from 2014 to 2017.

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.

image of Dr. KleinDr. Kristin Klein

Dr. Kristin Klein was appointed as Deputy Medical Officer of Health in August 2016. Dr. Klein has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Calgary and a Medical Doctorate from the University of Alberta. She completed her post-graduate medical training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Alberta.

Prior to joining Alberta Health, Dr. Klein worked with the Health Technology and Policy Unit at the University of Alberta. Her major areas of interest include communicable disease control, surveillance and evidence-based policy development.