Dr. Hamidah Meghani

Deputy Chief, Medical and Systems Support
Medical and Systems Support, Health Protection

Dr Hamidah Meghani

"As a public health practitioner for over a decade, I have seen the value of evidence synthesis and knowledge translation in improving the quality of public health programs, creating new programs to reduce health inequities, and advocating for healthier policies. As a previous Medical Officer of Health, I relied on PHO data and reports to advocate for local by-laws that would improve my community’s health through reduced smoking, vaping and waterpipe consumption. My goal at PHO is to provide health systems leaders and decision makers with the tools needed to improve health equity and the overall health of Ontarians."

Areas of Expertise

  • Health leadership and management
  • Public health surveillance
  • Health equity
  • Substance use and chronic disease


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Epidemiology, and Impact, McMaster University

Academic Degrees and Accreditations

  • Doctor of Medicine, McMaster University
  • Master of Public Health, Columbia University
  • Master of Management, International Masters for Health Leadership, McGill University
  • Bachelor of Science, Carleton University
  • Fellow, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Public Health and Preventive Medicine

PHO Research Interests

  • Health leadership and management
  • Public health surveillance
  • Health equity
  • Vaccine acceptability
  • Substance misuse

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Updated 22 Jan 2024