For Immediate Release
August 21, 2001

Peter Graham
Commissioner of Health
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 2210

Region Welcomes New Associate Medical Officer of Health

(Brampton)--Peter Graham, Commissioner of Health, is pleased to welcome Dr. Howard Shapiro to the position of Associate Medical Officer of Health (AMOH), effective August 13, 2001.

Dr. Shapiro recently completed the Community Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto and received his certification in the specialty of Community Medicine.

"I'm pleased to welcome Dr. Shapiro to our department which, under Medical Officer of Health Dr. McKeown's leadership, is delivering Public Health programs that are second to none," says Graham. "I know that Dr. Shapiro will be a positive addition to our exceptional team."

Dr. Shapiro will be a member of the departmental management staff and will assist the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) Dr. McKeown in providing leadership and direction to the public health programs and services for Peel. He will be directly responsible for providing some of the specific medical expertise in several program areas, and, in partnership with Dr. McKeown, will provide a 24-hour on-call response system to public health risk situations and community-based health emergencies within the Region.

"I very much enjoyed working with Dr. McKeown and his staff during my Communicable Disease and Health Planning placement at Peel Health last year," says Dr. Shapiro. "I was impressed with the enthusiasm of staff and with the quality of programs they're delivering. I'm so pleased to have the opportunity to be a permanent part of the Peel Health team."

Dr. Shapiro received his MD from Queen's University. He has published a number of medical papers, and is a member of the Canadian Medical Association, the Ontario Medical Association, and the Canadian Public Health Association.

"I look forward to making positive contributions to the excellent work that staff is doing," says Shapiro. "Peel is a large, diverse and vibrant community. Being able to promote and protect the health of Peel residents is very exciting."

Peel Health operates three long-term care facilities (Peel Manor, Sheridan Villa and the Davis Centre) and is developing two new facilities, as well as delivering Public Health programs to almost 1,000,000 Peel residents. The team provides leadership and community support with an emphasis on health promotion, illness prevention, environmental and disease protection to build healthy, dynamic and diverse communities in the Region of Peel.


Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail

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