Dr. Brian Schwartz is Chief, Communicable Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response for Public Health Ontario. In this role,he leads and is responsible for the scientific and operational activities in communicable diseases and emergency preparedness and response, involving the development of Public Health Ontario’s strategy and activities related to protection against communicable diseases, as well as in preparation and response to health emergencies and exigent circumstances including hazardous materials, catastrophic events and outbreaks. Dr. Schwartz chaired the Ontario Scientific Response Team during the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic, served as co-Incident Manager for health consequence management for the 2010 G8/G20 summits and implemented an incident management system for the management of provincial outbreaks and other incidents affecting public health. In 2003 he served as deputy chair of the Ontario SARS Scientific Advisory Committee.
Dr. Schwartz practiced Emergency Medicine for over 30 years in both community and academic settings, and served as base hospital medical director of the Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine from 1996 to 2009.