New Medical Officer of Health Appointed in Chatham-Kent

Chatham-Kent will soon have a new Medical Officer of Health.

Dr. Mario Kangeswaren was announced as the successful candidate for the role at a special meeting of the Chatham-Kent Board of Health on Wednesday.

He will fill the vacancy created when Dr. David Colby announced his retirement earlier this year.

Kangeswaren will be the acting medical officer until approval is received from the Minister of Health, as stipulated in the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

“We very much look forward to Dr. Kangeswaren taking on a leadership role in our local public health unit,” said Councilor Joe Faas, chair of the Chatham-Kent Board of Health. “I believe he brings with him a fresh perspective that will serve the Chatham-Kent community well and we look forward to his onboarding, officially, in the coming weeks.”

Kangeswaren holds a medical degree from Saba University in the Netherlands, as well as a Master of Science in Family Medicine from McGill University in Quebec and a Master of Public Health from the University of Waterloo.

Kangeswaren has been trained and practiced in a wide variety of locations across Canada and the United States, ranging from small rural areas to large urban centers.

Kangeswaren will take office no later than August 29, 2022.