TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Public Health Ontario is deeply saddened to hear the news of Dr. Donald Low's death.
A world-renowned microbiologist, Don was the Medical Director of the PHO Laboratories from 2005 to 2012 as well as the Microbiologist-in-Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital. Don made extensive contributions to teaching and researching throughout his career and was an internationally recognized expert in infectious diseases. His skill as a communicator enabled him to translate complex topics for the public, and he was highly sought after by media to comment on a range of topics.
Don played a key leadership role in the creation and development of Public Health Ontario. He was instrumental in the renewal of the public health laboratories after SARS, as new staff members were recruited, new testing technologies and an information system were implemented, and a bold plan for the new central public health laboratory at MaRS was developed.
"Don's lasting legacy for public health is a renewed and reinvigorated public health system ready to respond to infectious disease challenges. We are grateful for his passion, commitment and talent," said Vivek Goel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Ontario.
On behalf of all of us at PHO, we extend our condolences to Don's wife Maureen, children, grandchildren, extended family and friends.
SOURCE: Public Health Ontario
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