Arlene Sharon King

BSc (University of Toronto)
BA (University of Tel Aviv)
MD (McMaster University)
CCFP (University of Calgary)
MHSc (University of British Columbia)
FRCPC (University of British Columbia)
National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (Harvard University)
ICD.D (Institute of Corporate Directors)


Dr. King is an Adjunct Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Division of Clinical Public Health and Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

She is an internationally recognized expert in public health, immunization, infectious diseases and pandemic/emergency preparedness. She is the Chair of the Regional Certification Commission for the Polio Endgame in the Americas; a member of the World Health Organization African Region and Global Polio Eradication Certification Commissions; and member of the Pan-American Health Organization Technical Advisory Group on Vaccine Preventable Diseases.

Dr. King led Ontario’s public health sector as the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) from June 2009 to June 2014. She also served as the provincial/territorial co-chair of the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network Council (PHNC) from June 2013 to June 2014, and was Ontario’s representative on the PHNC from 2009 to 2013 and a member of the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health of Canada from 2009 to 2014.

She is a passionate advocate for public health at international, national, sub-national and community levels, and strongly believes that Public Health is Everyone’s Business, as outlined in her 2009 CMOH Annual Report to Ontario’s Legislative Assembly. In that report, she called on all levels of government to join in a renewed focus on prevention as the next evolution of health care.  In her 2010 Annual Report, Health, Not Health Care – Changing the Conversation, Dr. King’s advice to government to improve health was to focus on developing healthy public policies.  In 2013, she released Make No Little Plans – Ontario’s first public health sector strategic plan.

Prior to serving as Ontario’s CMOH, Dr. King was the Director General of the Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and also held several other positions with Health Canada/PHAC, including the position of Director General, Pandemic Preparedness.

Dr. King received her medical degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, certification in Family Medicine from the University of Calgary, and worked as a family physician in northern Alberta from 1985 to 1989. In 1990, she received a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences from the University of British Columbia, and in 1992, became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Community Medicine (Public Health and Preventive Medicine). In 2014, following completion of the Directors’ Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors/Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, she received her ICD.D designation.

She has authored or co-authored over 100 journal publications, reports and statements, and serves as a guest lecturer and medical consultant on public health issues in Canada and globally.