Dr. Lamont Sweet retiring

Teresa Wright twright@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on February 20, 2014
P.E.I.'s deputy chief health officer Dr. Lamont Sweet. 

P.E.I.’s long-time public health officer Dr. Lamont Sweet is retiring.

Sweet came to Prince Edward Island in 1990 as the province’s chief health officer, and later transitioned to deputy chief in 2007.

The provincial government announced today he will retire this month.

His work has been instrumental in developing strong public health programs for P.E.I., said Health Minister Doug Currie

“Dr. Sweet has been a cornerstone of public health in Prince Edward

Island for the past 24 years,” Currie said.

“Over this time, he has provided leadership, guidance and support for public health programming provincially, nationally and internationally. On behalf of all Islanders, I would like to thank him for his contribution to public health and his dedication to the health and well-being of Islanders.”

Alberta physician Dr. David Sabapathy has been hired to replace Sweet. He and his wife Jaycee will be moving to P.E.I. from Calgary.

During his tenure in P.E.I., Sweet was instrumental in the province’s early participation in new vaccine programs including varicella (chicken pox), meningococcal vaccine and HPV.

Sweet is an honourary lifetime member of the Canadian Public Health

Association and an honourary member of the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.

In 2007, Dr. Sweet transitioned into the role of deputy chief health officer in order to ensure good succession planning.

Dr. Heather Morrison was appointed chief health officer. Together they have been very pleased to see significant growth in public health on Prince Edward


“It has been a great pleasure working alongside Dr. Sweet and we wish him all the best,” Morrison said.

“The chief public health office looks forward to welcoming Dr. Sabapathy. His set of professional certifications and experience will make a great addition to the chief public health office and our continued development of strong public health programs and policies to protect and promote the health of Islanders.”

Sabapathy, grew up in P.E.I. and has since trained and worked in New Brunswick and Alberta.  

He is certified as a public health and preventive medicine physician specialist where he has held progressive responsibility in communicable disease control, environmental health, health promotion, global health, cancer screening and health policy development.

He also holds licensure as a professional engineer with ten years of related experience in quality improvement, environmental risk assessment, occupational health and safety, information systems, policy development, and strategic planning.  

His experience has been complemented by an MBA in health care management and a M.Sc. in applied public health research.