Dr. Peter Donnelly is an accomplished leader with extensive experience in government and public health policy and program development and delivery at the local, national and international levels.
He leads Public Health Ontario, the provincial agency which provides evidence for policy formulation and undertakes public health capacity building, as well as providing integrated public health laboratory and surveillance systems.
Prior to joining Public Health Ontario, Dr. Donnelly was the Professor of Public Health Medicine at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where he established and led public health medicine research and teaching. From 2004 to 2008, he was the Deputy Chief Medical Officer to the Scottish Government, providing senior leadership and coordination at a national level. His experience includes national planning for communicable disease control and pandemic and emergency preparedness, as well as a range of public health promotion initiatives in areas such as tobacco control legislation, alcohol policy and sexual health. As the Director of Public Health in two jurisdictions, he was responsible for the delivery of local public health services and programs.
Donnelly received his medical degree from the University of Edinburgh Medical School and has earned multiple degrees and credentials, including masters in both business administration and public health, as well as a research doctorate.
He is an active researcher and lecturer in many areas of public health, with a focus on health systems governance and on violence reduction. He is involved with numerous national and international associations, including the international editorial board of Public Health, the World Health Organization Violence Prevention Alliance and the New York-based Milbank Memorial Fund. He is a past vice President of the UK Faculty of Public Health and past president of the UK Association of Directors of Public Health.