On Monday November 6th, my close friend and colleague, Dr. Isra Levy, announced his resignation as the Medical Officer of Health for Ottawa Public Health (OPH) effective January 8, 2018 as he ventures into a new challenge as Vice President, Medical Affairs and Innovation of the Canadian Blood Services (CBS).
In this role he will assume leadership and oversight of the CBS’s medical, scientific and epidemiological programs in blood and organ donation and transplantation, and its renowned Centre for Innovation.
Dr. Levy has provided 10-years of strong leadership and dedication to the health and welfare of Ottawa’s Public Health. He leaves OPH in a position of great strength as since his arrival, OPH has seen the establishment of the Ottawa Board of Health, been granted Exemplary Standing by Accreditation Canada, and consistently improved programs and services to meet the needs of the community.
During his tenure he has had a positive impact on not only the residents of the City as a whole but the individual members of the professional team at OPH and those sitting at the Board of Health (BOH) table. As Chair of the Board of Health (BOH), I have had the privilege and opportunity to learn and work alongside Dr. Levy for over three and a half years.
It is certainly sad to see such an intelligent, positive, and outstanding member of the Ottawa Public Health team depart but on behalf of the BOH and my office, I wish Dr. Levy health, happiness and success in his new endeavor with CBS.