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Why working at PHO is important to me:

"Public Health Ontario has made such a significant impact in supporting the work of local public health in Ontario. It is a privilege to work at PHO and to support local public health and other health care providers through direct consultation, knowledge translation and exchange, and research."

Bryna Warshawsky, Medical Director, Communicable Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response
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    Academic degrees and accreditations

    • Doctor of medicine, McGill University
    • Certificant, College of Family Practice of Canada, University of Toronto
    • Master of health science (Community Health and Epidemiology), University of Toronto
    • Fellow, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Community Medicine/Public Health and Preventive Medicine)

    Areas of expertise

    • Communicable disease prevention and control
    • Outbreak management
    • Vaccine-preventable diseases

    PHO research interests

    • Influenza epidemiology
    • Influenza vaccine and vaccination programs
    • Hepatitis C epidemiology
    • Rabies
    • Outbreak investigations

    Current PHO research activities

    • Influenza immunization—Assessing the indirect or herd effect of influenza immunization..
    • Influenza immunization—Assessing the impact of repeated influenza vaccination on vaccine effectiveness.
    • Influenza epidemiology – Assessing the burden of influenza outbreaks in hospitals.
    • Hepatitis C— Assessing the potential role for public health in supporting treatment initiation and adherence. 
    • Rabies – Assessing public health practices with regard to rabies post-exposure prophylaxis management.
    • Outbreaks – summarizing a listeriosis outbreak.

    Top publications

    1. Van Meer R, Hohenadel K, Fitzgerald-Husek A, Warshawsky B, Side D, Schwartz B, Nelder MP. Zika virus in Ontario: evaluating a rapid risk assessment tool for emerging infectious disease threats. Health Secur. 2017;15(3):230-7. 

    2. Hobbs JL, Warshawsky B, Maki A, Zittermann S, Murphy A, Majury A, Middleton D. Nuggets of wisdom: Salmonella Enteritidis outbreaks and the case for new rules on uncooked frozen processed chicken. J Food Protect. 2017;80(4):703-9. 

    3. Warshawsky B, Gutmanis I, Henry B, Dow J, Reffle J, Pollet G, Ahmend R, Aldom J, Alves D, Chagla A, Cieben B, Kolbe F, Jamieson F, Rodgers F. Outbreak of Escherichia coli 0157:H7 related to animal contact at a petting zoo. Can J Infect Dis. 2002;13(3):175-81. 

    4. Warshawsky B, Hussain Z, Gregson DB, Alder R, Austin M, Bruckschwaiger D, Chagla AH, Daley J, Duhaime C, McGhie K, Pollett G, Potters H, Schiedel L. Hospital and community-based surveillance of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: previous hospitalization is the major risk factor. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2000;21(11):724-7. 

    5. Warshawsky B, Lindsy LR, Artsob H. Leptospira infections in trappers from Ontario. Can J Infect Dis. 2000;11(1):47-51.

    Other publications

    1. Participated in the development of several National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) statements from 2004–2014 and the Canadian Immunization Guide. Currently involved in working on the NACI Influenza statements

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