Northern Nova Scotia has a new Medical Officer of Health.
Northern Nova Scotia has a new Medical Officer of Health. Truro area physician Dr. Ryan Sommers has recently been appointed as the regional Medical Officer of Health (MOH) for Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou counties and the municipality of East Hants.
“As our medical officer of health, Dr. Sommers is providing leadership and expertise related to communicable diseases, health policy, chronic disease and preventive medicine,” says Mark Scott, director of Public Health Services for the region. “We are pleased to have welcomed him to our team and look forward to working with him to advance our efforts to improve the health of our communities.”
Nova Scotia’s medical officers of health focus on the health of populations, leading and helping support collaborative efforts to both maintain and improve the health and wellbeing of our communities. They work with those in health care, other government departments and community groups to address major issues impacting health.
Sommers has been a member of the Colchester East Hants Health Authority’s medical community since 2008 as a family physician.
Shortly after he began practicing in the area, Sommers helped in the health authority’s response to the H1N1 flu pandemic.
In addition to his family practice and hospital duties, he supported planning for the new Colchester East Hants Health Centre and has been an active member of numerous committees and groups working to enhance appropriate use of antibiotic prescriptions and improve the quality of health care services.
Sommers pursued his passion for health promotion and population health by completing Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialty training through the University of Toronto. This included a residency placement with Public Health Services in Northern Nova Scotia last fall.
“Our region is faced with a number of complex health issues,” says Dr. Sommers. “As medical officer of health my role is to work with Public Health Services to understand the health our communities and to act together to create conditions that will improve our communities’ health.”
Sommers replaces Dr. Robin Taylor. Taylor is continuing on as one of Nova Scotia’s medical officers of health.
Sommers and his wife, Dr. Jan Sommers, live in the Truro area and have two young boys.