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The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health provides public health expertise to support health surveillance, population health and disease control initiatives on issues of public health importance.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw was appointed Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health on January 28, 2019. She is supported by the Public Health physicians.

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. Deena Hinshaw

    Dr. Deena Hinshaw

    Dr. Deena Hinshaw completed her undergraduate degree at Augustana University College in Camrose, Alberta. She completed 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. She served as Alberta Health’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health from 2017 to 2019.

    Health information and news from Dr. Hinshaw


July 20, 2022 | COVID-19

Information about COVID-19 booster options.

December 21, 2021 | COVID-19

Tips for protecting yourself and your loved ones.

November 26, 2021 | COVID-19

A letter from Dr. Deena Hinshaw to parents and guardians about the COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11.

December 01, 2021 | COVID-19

Dr. Deena Hinshaw held a conversation about COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 on November 30.

Public Health physicians

Dr. Rosana Salvaterra

Dr. Salvaterra holds a master’s degree in Health Research Methodology, a specialty in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and is an adjunct professor at Queens University. She has extensive public health experience including from her most recent role as the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) for Peterborough, Ontario, where she has been since 2008. She joined Alberta’s Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on October 4, 2021.

Her career in public health includes work in the areas of the COVID-19 response, mental health, the opioid response, women’s health, poverty reduction, health equity, community food security and building stronger relationships with First Nations.

Dr. Jing Hu

Dr. Jing Hu received her medical degree from Tongji Medical University in Wuhan, China. She completed an Internal Medicine Residency, worked as a respirologist for 3 years, and earned a Ph.D. in Medical Science before coming to Canada. From 2014 to 2019, Dr. Hu did her Public Health and Preventive Medicine training at the University of Calgary. She was appointed to this role on on January 27, 2020.


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