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Why working at PHO is important to me:

"I am fascinated by the intersection of science and policy. PHO presents a great opportunity for science to affect change and improve public health."

Peter Donnelly, President and CEO
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    Academic degrees and accreditations

    • Doctor of medicine (research doctorate), University of Edinburgh
    • Master of public health, University of Wales College of Medicine
    • Master of business administration, University of Stirling
    • Bachelor of medicine and Bachelor of surgery, University of Edinburgh
    • Specialist accreditation in Public Health Medicine, United Kingdom General Medical Council
    • Program for management development, Harvard University School of Business Administration
    • Certificate in health services management, Institute of Health Service Management
    • Fellowship, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
    • Fellowship, Royal College of Physicians of London
    • Fellowship, United Kingdom Faculty of Public Health

    Areas of expertise

    • Public health
    • Violence reduction
    • Health system governance
    • Health policy

    PHO research interests

    • Investigating violence reduction as a public health policy issue.
    • Conducting health systems governance and health policy research to improve the accountability, effectiveness, and responsiveness of the health system.
    • Data linkage as a means to investigate public health and health systems issues.

    Current PHO research activities

    • Collaborating on study using comprehensive multi-linked mortality files to evaluate health system functioning and inform health system planning in Ontario.
    • Contributing to a research project which aims to improve participation of residents from deprived neighbourhoods in cancer prevention and screening initiatives.

    Top publications

    1. Rosella LC, Calzavara A, Frank JW, Fitzpatrick T, Donnelly PD, Henry D. The narrowing mortality gap between men and women over two decades: a registry-based study in Ontario, Canada. BMJ Open. 2016;6(11):e012564.

    2. Elgar FJ, McKinnon B, Walsh SD, Freeman J, Donnelly P, Gaspar de Matos M, Gariepy G, Aleman-Diaz AY, Pickett W, Molcho M, Currie C. Structural determinants of youth bullying and fighting in 79 countries. J Adolesc Health. 2015;57(6):643-50.

    3. Williams DJ, Currie D, Linden W, Donnelly PD. Addressing gang-related violence in Glasgow: a preliminary pragmatic quasi-experimental evaluation of the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV). Aggress Violent Behav. 2014;19(6):686-91.

    4. Greer SL, Stewart EA, Wilson I, Donnelly PD. Victory for volunteerism? Scottish health board elections and participation in the welfare state. Soc Sci Med. 2014;106:221-8.

    5. Donnelly PD, Ward CL, editors. 2014 Oxford textbook of violence prevention: epidemiology, evidence and policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2014

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