Dr. Peter Donnelly

President and Chief Executive Officer

Photo of Dr. Peter Donnelly

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

Areas of Expertise

  • public health
  • violence reduction
  • health system governance
  • health policy


Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Queen’s University

Professor (Part Time), Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

Honorary Professor of Public Health, St Andrews University, Scotland

Senior Fellow, Massey College

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

PHO Research Interests

  • public health
  • violence reduction
  • health system governance
  • health policy

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.

Selected Publications

  1. Elgar FJ, Donnelly PD, Michaelson V, Gariépy G, Reihm KE, Walsh SD, et al. Corporal punishment bans and physical fighting in adolescents: an ecological study of 88 countries. BMJ Open. 2018;8:e021616.
  2. Michaelson V, Donnelly P, Morrow W, King N, Craig W, Pickett W. Violence, adolescence, and Canadian religious communities: a quantitative study. J Interpers Violence. 2018 May 28 [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Piggott T, Harrington D, Mann R, Hamilton HA, Donnelly PD, Manson H. Youth violence victims and perpetrators in Ontario: identifying a high-risk group and a focus for public health prevention. Can J of Public Health. 2018;109(2):195-203.
  4. Lachaud J, Donnelly PD, Henry D, Kornas K, Calzavara A, Bornbaum C, et al. A population-based study of homicide deaths in Ontario, Canada using linked death records. Int J Equity. 2017;16(1):133.
  5. Rosella LC, Calzavara A, Frank J, Fitzpatrick T, Donnelly P, Henry D. Narrowing mortality gap between men and women over two decades: a registry-based study in Ontario, Canada. BMJ Open. 2016;6(11):e012564.

View more publications by Dr. Peter Donnelly

Public Health Ontario Scientist Profile: Peter Donnelly

Dr. Peter Donnelly discusses what excites him about his work, the impact of his research and why he chose Public Health Ontario.

Duration: 2 min

Chat icon



Updated 22 Oct 2019