Infection Prevention and Control
Our Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) team develops, implements and evaluates strategies and programs to prevent the transmission of infections. We provide scientific and technical advice on health care associated infections and emerging IPAC issues.
Our Regional IPAC Support Team provides support and consultation to:
- respond to client requests and inquiries
- introduce and disseminate PHO guidance, resources and tools
- support the implementation of IPAC initiatives to achieve best practice
- facilitate client networks and collaboration
- inform IPAC-related research
Dr. Gary Garber
Chief, Infection Prevention and Control
Gary Garber is an infectious disease specialist who provides medical leadership to the Infection Prevention and Control Department and medical and scientific advice on infection prevention and control to PHO.
Gary brings over 20 years of experience working in infection control in Ontario and was formerly the Medical Director of the Ottawa Hospital’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. Notably, Gary played an instrumental role in developing the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s program in Adult Infectious Diseases at the University of Ottawa and served as President of the Canadian Infectious Diseases Society (now AMMI Canada). Gary also served as a founding treasurer with the Canadian Association for HIV Research, was a past President of the Ontario Medical Association section for Infectious Diseases and has been member of the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee since it began. Garber has a professorship appointment in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa. He is an active infectious diseases physician at the Ottawa Hospital.
Gary received his Medical Degree from the University of Calgary and received his Bachelor of Science from McGill University. He trained in internal medicine at the University of Toronto and infectious diseases at the University of British Columbia. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America.
Director, Infection Prevention and Control
Sandra Callery brings extensive experience from the field of infection prevention and control. Her other work experiences include clinical research and occupational health and safety. She has worked in a variety of health care settings, including: public health, small community hospitals and large tertiary care centres. Her most recent position was Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto Canada.
Sandra is a registered nurse and holds a Master of Health Sciences where her research focused on HIV infection, counseling and testing. She has been involved in research and publications regarding disease transmission and management of patients with antibiotic resistant organisms.
She is a past National President of the Canadian Infection Prevention and Control association (IPAC Canada). She is on the editorial board for the Canadian Journal of Infection Control (CJIC). Other previous IPAC Canada appointments include the National Pandemic Influenza Planning committee as a working group chairperson, and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization.
Sandra has been a member of the Ontario Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) and chaired the previous PIDAC Surveillance Advisory Committee from its inception.
She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and lecturer for IPAC courses through Centennial College and Queens University.
We offer IPAC online courses including:
- IPAC Core Competencies
- Reprocessing in Community Health Care Settings
- Personal Risk Assessment - Community