Dr. Heather Morrison to fill the shoes of Dr. Lamont Sweet as chief medical officer
Dr. Heather Morrison will be designated as the provinces chief health officer effective July 3. Guardian photo
The provinces chief health officer role is about to transition to Dr. Heather Morrison.
Health Minister Chester Gillan announced Friday Morrison will begin working on a part-time basis with Dr. Lamont Sweet, the current chief health officer.
Effective July 3, Sweet will begin working half-time as the deputy chief health officer and Morrison will also work on a part-time basis and will be designated as the chief health officer for the province
pursuant to the Public Health Act.
Morrison is an emergency department physician at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and will continue to do shifts in that department part time.
Dr. Mitch Zelman will also continue to provide occasional deputy chief health officer support to the province.
Morrison is a Rhodes Scholar, and was awarded both a masters and a doctoral degree from University of Oxford (UK) in comparative health-care systems with a focus in decision-making analysis in public health. Morrison is bilingual and studied for her BSc at UPEI and her medical degree (MD) at Dalhousie University.
She did further years of specialty medical training in the community medicine (Public Health) program at the University of Toronto. She completed a fellowship year of training in emergency medicine and has experience in international medicine having recently spent a year working in Southeast Asia.
Morrison has served on various committees, including research ethics at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and at UPEI, and has been a member of the P.E.I. Medical Associations Health Promotion and Injury Prevention Committee. She has also attended the Canadian Medical Associations national council meetings for health promotion.
Morrison is married and has one daughter. She has enjoyed numerous sporting involvements over the years and was once awarded the Sport P.E.I. all-round female athlete of the year, as well as the UPEI female athlete of the year.
Sweet says Morrison is well qualified for the position and he is confident she will provide a knowledgeable voice on public health issues for the province.
I am looking forward to working with her over the coming months.
Gillan says he wishes Sweet the best of health and good luck as he eases into retirement.
We are truly grateful to have the opportunity to continue to work with and learn from Dr. Sweet. Over the past 17 years, he has provided exceptional public health leadership in the province. His knowledge and experience continue to be valued by everyone who crosses his path, Gillan said.