December 19, 2007
Susan Tamblyn is a Community Medicine specialist and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Western Ontario. She is the former Medical Officer of Health for the Perth District Health Unit in Southwestern Ontario, a position she held for 30 years.
Dr. Tamblyn has a long-standing interest in immunization and communicable diseases and has been involved in influenza pandemic planning for over two decades. During her career she served on many boards and advisory committees at provincial, national, and international levels, including four years as chair of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and three years as chair of the Ontario Advisory Committee on Communicable Disease.
Since her “retirement” in 2004, Dr. Tamblyn has remained involved with public health work. In 2005/06, she chaired the Local Public Health Capacity Review Committee, which made recommendations to strengthen Ontario’s public health unit system. She is co-chair of the Ontario Pandemic Influenza Health Steering Committee and the Antiviral Working Group for the National Pandemic Influenza Committee, and consults on pandemic planning for all levels of government.