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Medical Officer of Health


Dr. Charles Gardner, MD, CCFP, MHSc, FRCPC

Dr. Gardner has been the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) for the Simcoe Muskoka District  Health Unit since 2005, after having served as MOH with the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit for seven years. Prior to that, he worked in general medical practice in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Zimbabwe.

Dr. Gardner is the current President of the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) Board, and an Ex Officio Member of the Executive of the Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health (COMOH). In June 2023 he received alPHa’s Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Gardner received the Faculty Educator Award for the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency, University of Toronto, in 2020. He is also a board member of Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada. 

Dr. Gardner is active personally and professionally on the promotion of health through green, compact, complete, walkable and cycleable communities.

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