About the Ministry
Chief Medical Officer of Health
Dr. Robin Williams
Dr. Robin Williams began acting as Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario on June 15, 2014.
She received both her Honours B.Sc and M.D. at the University of Toronto, and is a member of the Department of Paediatrics at McMaster University. Dr. Williams is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Paediatrics and has also earned a Diploma in Public Health from the University of Toronto.
Dr. Williams ran a consultation paediatric practice in Niagara Falls for twenty years before serving as Niagara Region’s Medical Officer of Health until June 2011.
In July 2011, she assumed the position of Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario. Over the past three years, she has worked on child health initiatives and the government’s emergency response to the 2013 ice storm. She has also helped develop an immunization registry to protect the public from vaccine-preventable diseases and support school immunization program planning.
Dr. Williams is currently Vice-President-elect of the Canadian Paediatric Society and Chair of its Science of Early Child Development Advisory Committee. She has served as a member or chair for countless other organizations including the Council for Early Child Development, the Ontario Medical Association’s Child Health Committee and the Greater Niagara Medical Society.
In 2013, Dr. Williams was awarded the Order of Canada for her contributions as a public health leader promoting effective policies in early childhood development.