Dr. Liane Macdonald
Public Health Physician
Communicable Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response
"Through applied public health research, evaluation and knowledge synthesis, my work at PHO aims to help build understanding about the determinants and distribution of communicable and infectious diseases in Ontario. This work also enables me to collaborate with colleagues within PHO and with our key clients, partners and stakeholders to produce tools and knowledge to help guide evidence-informed public health action. Through this collaborative scientific and technical work, my goal is to help protect and promote the health of Ontarians and to reduce health inequity in our province."
Areas of Expertise
- communicable disease control, prevention and risk assessment
- blood-borne infections, respiratory diseases, and enteric and zoonotic diseases
- infectious disease surveillance and epidemiology
- knowledge synthesis and knowledge translation
- public health program evaluation, policy analysis and strategy development
Academic Degrees and Accreditations
- Doctor of Medicine, McMaster University
- Master of Science (Public Health), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London
- Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program, University of Toronto and McMaster University
- Fellow, The Royal College of Physicians of Canada (RCPSC), Public Health and Preventive Medicine
PHO Research Interests
- Communicable and infectious diseases epidemiology, social determinants and health inequity.
- Development and evaluation of evidence-informed public health interventions (e.g., tools, programs, policies) for communicable disease prevention and control.
- Knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of the public, health care providers and public health professionals related to communicable disease prevention and control.
PHO Research Activities
- Investigating use of laboratory and health administrative data to examine hepatitis B epidemiology in Ontario in migrants and the general population.
- Collaborating on projects assessing the burden of mycobacterial infections in Ontario and the evaluation of a risk-based tool to guide tuberculosis contact tracing.
- Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). Treatment patterns among gonorrhea cases in Ontario, 2008 to 2014. Toronto, ON: Queen's Printer for Ontario; 2017.
- Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). Hepatitis B immunization. Toronto, ON: Queen's Printer for Ontario; 2017.
- Chan E, Hohenadel K, Lee B, Helferty M, Harris JR, Macdonald L, et al. Public health surveillance for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. Can Commun Dis Rep. 2017; 43(7/8):156-63.
- Naimer MS, Kwong JC, Bhatia D, Moineddin R, Whelan M, Campitelli M, Macdonald L, Lofters A, Tuite A, Bogler T, Permaul J, McIsaac WJ. The effect of cervical cancer screening guideline changes on chlamydia testing. Ann Fam Med. 2017;15(4):329-34.
- Tanguay F, Vrbova L, Anderson M, Whitfield Y, Macdonald L, Tschetter L, et al. Outbreak of Salmonella Reading in persons of Eastern Mediterranean origin in Canada, 2014–2015. Can Commun Dis Rep. 2017;43(1):14-20.