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Dr. Isra Levy leaving post as Ottawa's Medical Officer of Health

Last Updated Nov 6, 2017 at 1:34 pm EST

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OTTAWA — Dr. Isra Levy is stepping down from his job as Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health.

In a message posted to the Ottawa Public Health Facebook page, Dr. Levy writes “I have been the Medical Officer of Health in Ottawa for almost 10 years. Every day I have felt immense pride about the positive impact that the dedicated and committed team of professionals at Ottawa Public Health (OPH), working with our Board and with our municipal and community partners, has on the lives of the people of this city. I will always be grateful for the sense of fulfilment that you have enabled me to have as we, together, have contributed in striving and helping to make Ottawa a vibrant city where people are healthy, safe and engaged, and where we seek to eliminate disparities in health status and opportunity.”

Levy’s last day at Ottawa Public Health will be December 15th. Early in 2018, he will take on the job of Vice President, Medical Affairs and Innovation for Canadian Blood Services.

“I have been the Medical Officer of Health in Ottawa for almost 10 years,” writes Levy. “Every day I have felt immense pride about the positive impact that the dedicated and committed team of professionals at Ottawa Public Health (OPH), working with our Board and with our municipal and community partners, has on the lives of the people of this city. I will always be grateful for the sense of fulfilment that you have enabled me to have as we, together, have contributed in striving and helping to make Ottawa a vibrant city where people are healthy, safe and engaged, and where we seek to eliminate disparities in health status and opportunity.
All organisations benefit from leadership renewal. I know that the Board, the senior leadership and the committed team at OPH will take the organisation forward with steady hands, and with high aspirations. I will follow the organisation’s future successes with interest and with pride, and I wish you all the very best.”

 

Here is the full text of Levy’s announcement:

 
Dear friends and colleagues,

I am writing to let you know that earlier today I advised Councillor Shad Qadri, Chair of the Board of Health for the City of Ottawa, of my intention to resign my position as the Medical Officer of Health at Ottawa Public Health as of January 8, 2018. My last day at Ottawa Public Health will be December 15th, 2017, after which I will be taking a vacation leave before commencing my new role.

I have been the Medical Officer of Health in Ottawa for almost 10 years. Every day I have felt immense pride about the positive impact that the dedicated and committed team of professionals at Ottawa Public Health (OPH), working with our Board and with our municipal and community partners, has on the lives of the people of this city. I will always be grateful for the sense of fulfilment that you have enabled me to have as we, together, have contributed in striving and helping to make Ottawa a vibrant city where people are healthy, safe and engaged, and where we seek to eliminate disparities in health status and opportunity.

All organisations benefit from leadership renewal. I know that the Board, the senior leadership and the committed team at OPH will take the organisation forward with steady hands, and with high aspirations. I will follow the organisation’s future successes with interest and with pride, and I wish you all the very best.

I will continue my duties as Medical Officer of Health until my last day in the office, including the seeking of approvals of a proposed Board of Health Budget for 2018. It is my intention also to assist the Board in whatever way it wishes, as its members begin to plan for the appointment of a new Medical Officer of Health.

Early in the new year I will be joining Canadian Blood Services (CBS) as Vice President, Medical Affairs and Innovation. In this role as a member of the CBS Executive Management Team I will assume leadership and oversight of the CBS’s medical, scientific and epidemiological programs in blood and organ donation and transplantation, and its renowned Centre for Innovation. Canadian Blood Services is an internationally respected organisation, on the leading edge and a proud contributor to national and international work in transfusion and transplantation science and medicine. I am very much looking forward to continuing to serve the people of our communities in this new role.

With deep gratitude and respect, and all best wishes,
Isra.

Isra Levy
Medical Officer of Health / Médecin chef en santé publique
Ottawa Public Health / Santé publique Ottawa

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