August 31, 2005

York Region appoints new Associate Medical Officer of Health

Regional Council confirms Dr. Kurji at special meeting

NEWMARKET York Regional Council today confirmed the appointment of Dr. Karim Kurji as York Region's Associate Medical Officer of Health and Director, Public Health Programs.  Dr. Kurji will start in his new position on September 12th.
"Dr. Kurji has an outstanding combination of education, training and research experience in family medicine and public health," said Bill Fisch, York Regional Chair and CEO.  "York Region requires a professional of his depth and calibre to help provide leadership in public health issues on behalf of the residents of York Region."
Prior to joining York Region, Dr. Kurji held senior positions with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.  Since 2003, he has been Ontario's Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, and from 1999 to 2003, he was Physician Manager, Population Health Services.  During his time with the province, he also served briefly as Chief Medical Officer of Health and Acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Health.
"I've had the pleasure of working with Dr. Kurji since 1994," said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Joyce Frustaglio, Chair of the Health and Emergency Medical Services Committee.  "I am very pleased he has decided to serve the residents of York Region once again in this key role in public health."
Dr. Kurji is looking forward to returning to his roots in municipal public health.  He previously held the position of York Region's Associate Medical Officer of Health for 10 years.
"I am delighted to welcome Dr. Kurji back to the Health Services Department," said Dr. K. Helena Jaczek, Commissioner of Health Services and Medical Officer of Health.  "As a place to work, York Region continues to attract innovative, high quality leaders."
Dr. Kurji served as Director of the Community Health and Epidemiology Department and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from 1986 to 1989.
From 1984 to 1986, Dr. Kurji was the Assistant Medical Officer of Health for the Edmonton Local Board of Health, where he published the first ever health status report on Edmontonians.
Dr. Kurji graduated from University College Hospital, London, England, in 1979, and pursued further training and studies in family medicine and public health in England.
Media Contact:   Tim Paleczny, Corporate Communications, York Region
(905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1238
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