Sudbury and District Health Unit welcomes new associate medical officer of health

SUDBURY—The Sudbury and District Board of Health is pleased to announce the arrival of associate medical officer of health (AMOH) Dr. Ariella Zbar. Dr. Zbar’s board of health appointment is pending approval by the Minister of Health and Long-term Care.

“Dr. Zbar brings a wealth of public health knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm, which will help to increase the capacity and responsiveness of the public health system in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts,” said board of health chair Rene Lapierre. “Recruiting talented physicians to Northern Ontario is never easy. The board is delighted that Dr. Zbar will join our team of dedicated public health professionals.”

Sudbury and District Medical Officer of Health Dr. Penny Sutcliffe reinforced this sentiment saying, “the public health system in Ontario is a cornerstone to the health of our communities. We are very pleased to have attracted such talented physician leadership to our public health unit, complementing our existing staff and boosting our abilities to engage with our many partners and promote and protect health.”

Previously, Dr. Zbar was a senior resident with the Queen’s University public health and preventive medicine program. She holds a master’s in public health and business administration from Johns Hopkins University and a medical degree from the University of British Columbia.

As the AMOH, and under the direction of the medical office of health (MOH), Dr. Zbar’s responsibilities will include assisting in performing the duties of the MOH. The AMOH supports the MOH, the Board of Health, and the organization in achieving the public health mandate by providing leadership and surge capacity.

The Sudbury and District Board of Health has been without an AMOH since 2013. Dr. Zbar is the fifth AMOH with the health unit in the board of health’s 60 year history.