Antimicrobial Stewardship Advisory Committee (ASAC)

PHO promotes antimicrobial stewardship as an effective strategy for reducing inappropriate and excessive antimicrobial use, while improving and optimizing antimicrobial therapy and clinical outcomes for patients.

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Advisory Committee (ASAC) advises PHO on provincial goals, objectives and targets for antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) development and implementation based on stakeholder needs, priorities and resources. ASAC is comprised of antimicrobial stewardship experts from a variety of disciplines and practice settings, and from regions across Ontario. Since 2013, Accreditation Canada mandates that all acute care facilities have an ASP.

ASAC Call for Members

ASAC is currently seeking new committee members.

See our Call for Members for more information.

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Our Members

Dr. Anjali Oberai (Co-chair)
Family Physician
Wawa Family Health Team

Valerie Leung (Co-chair)
Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Lead
Public Health Ontario

Dan Dalton
Clinical Pharmacist, Eastern Ontario Region

Dr. Huda Almohri
Deputy Ontario Medical Director, Lab Director and Discipline Head, Microbiology

Anne Cheung
Clinical Pharmacist, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
West Park Healthcare Centre

Lacey DeVreese
Clinical Pharmacist
The Ottawa Hospital

Dr. Rita Dhami
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists

Rita Ha
Clinical Pharmacist
North York Family Health Team

Dr. Douglas MacPherson
Infectious Diseases Physician, Department of Medicine
St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital

Dr. Mehdi Aloosh
Medical Officer of Health
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Conflict of Interest Rules

Public Health Ontario recognizes that many external advisors may not be completely free of actual, potential or perceived conflict of interest, as they may have affiliations with regulated industries, the scientific community or special interest groups, which receive funding from industry.

In an attempt to avoid or mitigate conflict of interest, we have developed conflict of interest rules that are intended to achieve a reasonable balance of those divergent considerations and the expertise we hope to gain from the external advisors, while avoiding or mitigating conflict of interest. To this end, each candidate will be asked to complete a conflict of interest disclosure form as part of the application process. 

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Updated 17 Jan 2024