Dr. Eileen de Villa is the Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto. In this position, she leads Toronto Public Health, the largest local public health agency in Canada, which offers various programs and services to the city’s more than 3 million residents.
Dr. de Villa received her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Health Science (MHSc) degree in Health Promotion from the University of Toronto. Additionally, she holds a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
As the Medical Officer of Health, Dr. de Villa has been at the forefront of public health efforts in Toronto, including guiding the largest vaccination campaign in Toronto’s history during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also advised elected officials on implementing municipal government measures such as declaring a state of emergency and introducing local bylaws related to physical distancing and mask usage – all aimed at curbing the transmission of COVID-19.
Dr. de Villa’s unwavering dedication to guiding Toronto through the pandemic has been evident in her tireless efforts to equip residents with the necessary tools and information to protect themselves and their communities. Dr. de Villa maintains a pivotal advisory role in the City and Province’s ongoing COVID-19 response and recovery.