Routledge named new chief provincial public health officer

Michael Routledge
Dr. Michael Routledge will start his new job on Monday, Sept. 10.

Winnipeg Health Region
Published Friday, September 7, 2012

Dr. Michael Routledge has been appointed the new chief provincial public health officer.

Routledge, medical director of the Winnipeg Health Region’s Population and Public Health program, begins his new job on Sept. 10.

“Dr. Routledge has a great deal of experience and expertise in public health. His experience in family medicine and as an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba will serve him well as he takes on this new role,” said Health Minister Theresa Oswald in a news release.

Routledge graduated from the University of Manitoba faculty of medicine in 1998. He received certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2001 and a fellowship in community medicine (now public health and preventive medicine) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2004. He completed a master's degree in community health sciences at the University of Manitoba in 2004.

“I’m excited to have this opportunity to take on a new leadership role in public health in Manitoba,” said Routledge. “I look forward to working with our many partners to support efforts to improve the health of Manitobans and reduce health inequities in people across the province.”

Routledge has practiced family medicine since 2001 and currently practices part-time as a family physician at the ACCESS River East primary care centre in Winnipeg. He has been an assistant professor in the department of community health sciences at the University of Manitoba since 2004.

Between 2004 and 2007, he worked as a medical officer of health in Manitoba Health’s Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. In 2007, Routledge joined the Winnipeg Health Region, dividing his time as a medical director of the Population and Public Health, and medical director for the region's home-care program.

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