Interview with Dr. Eileen de Villa

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Imindu Liyanage
Kathleen Simms

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Eileen de Villa is the City of Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. She leads Canada’s largest Public Health agency, serving nearly 3 million Torontonians with essential health and preventative medicine programs. Dr. de Villa further serves as an Adjunct Professor with the Dalla Lana School of Health at the University of Toronto, where she previously graduated with both her Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Health Science (MHSc) degrees. She also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Schulich School of Business.


Dr. de Villa is a tireless advocate and practitioner of public health. She has presented and published research on diverse topics in the field – ranging from infection control to city planning. She has also earned numerous commendations for her leadership and educational roles – including the honorifc: ‘the people’s doctor’ by a major Toronto news agency.