Allison McGeer, MD

A guiding force in Canadian and international public health and infectious disease

One of Canada's most trusted policy advisors in the field of infectious disease, Allison McGeer, MD has received international recognition for her leadership during Canadian and global pandemic responses. Her expertise was integral to several large-scale efforts to combat emerging infections, including those during the 2003 SARS pandemic (while contracting the disease herself), the MERS outbreak in Saudi Arabia, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the COVID-19 pandemic. As the principal investigator of the Toronto Invasive Bacterial Diseases Network for nearly 30 years, Dr. McGeer has informed policy for preventing and managing diverse infections with her research. Specifically, her studies offer new insights into the epidemiology of bacterial and viral infections, the spread of antimicrobial resistance and the causes of bacterial sepsis. Dr. McGeer’s innovative research and global reputation as an expert in pandemic response led to central roles on provincial, national and international advisory committees and to numerous honours, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada. Her contributions to our country’s public health and scientific landscape have redefined pandemic preparedness and response research.

About the CMHF

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world, fostering future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs and awards.

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