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.
Dr. Anjali Oberai (Co-chair)
Wawa Family Health Team
Valerie Leung (Co-chair)
Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Lead
Public Health Ontario
Clinical Pharmacist, Eastern Ontario Region
Dr. Huda Almohri
Deputy Ontario Medical Director, Lab Director and Discipline Head, Microbiology
Clinical Pharmacist, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
West Park Healthcare Centre
The Ottawa Hospital
Dr. Rita Dhami
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists
North York Family Health Team
Infection Control Practitioner
The Regional Municipality of Durham – Lakeview Manor
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.