Lambton County has hired a new Medical Officer of Health, replacing Dr. Chris Greensmith, who has been in the position since 1988 in either a permanent or acting capacity.
The new MOH is Dr. Sudit Ranade, who will begin work September 24.
Dr. Ranade, who is currently completing his Royal College certification in Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Queen's University, graduated from medical school at the University of Ottawa in 2007. He completed his certification training with the Canadian College of Family Physicians in Family Medicine at Queen's University in 2009. Dr. Ranade has a Masters Degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, along with a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business.
During his residency training, Dr. Ranade interned at the World Health Organization and Public Health Ontario.
He also has training experience in rural Ontario, from both the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark County Health Unit in Brockville, and the Hastings and Prince Edward County Health Unit in Belleville.
"Lambton County Council is pleased to welcome Dr. Ranade to Lambton County and to this position and Council looks forward to his leadership in the field of public health," said Lambton County Warden Steve Arnold.
A Medical Officer of Health is required in each municipality as part of Ontario's Health Protection and Promotion Act. The MOH is the authority in public health, providing evidence-informed advice and guidance to: public health staff, health care professionals, municipal councils, school boards, the media, community groups, and the public.
Dr. Greensmith will continue to serve the community in his private practice as a family physician.