Leadership in crisis, with Peel Region’s Medical Officer of Health – Lawrence Loh

hosted by:


Show Notes

In this episode, Sujani sits down with Peel Region of Ontario’s medical officer of health, Lawrence Loh to talk about what leadership looks like in times of crisis.


You’ll Learn

  • About Lawrence’s work that he’s been doing as a public health figure in the Peel region of Ontario during the COVID-19 crisis
  • The difference between responding to public health challenges in times of normalcy versus a crisis
  • Skills for a public health professionals to focus on during a crisis and the unique opportunities that may arise
  • What it means for public health professionals to be leaders in their communities, and the different styles of leadership that take place
  • The ways that young professionals can use the unique opportunities available in times of crisis to their own advantage for themselves and their community
  • How do deal with criticism as a public health leader

Today’s Guest

Lawrence Loh

Dr. Lawrence Loh, MD, MPH, CCFP, FRCPC, FACPM is the medical officer of health for the Region of Peel in Ontario as well as an Associate Medical Officer of Health at Peel Public Health and Adjunct Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

In his past role at Peel Public Health, he provided strategic leadership to the Health Protection division (consisting of Environmental Health and Immunization Records), the Healthy Built Environment portfolio, and also lead the department’s digital strategy and strategic priority on advancing health equity. His work as faculty at Dalla Lana has included research into global health training experiences and teaching with the public health and preventive medicine residency program.

He completed undergraduate training and medical school at the University of Western Ontario and residency at the University of Toronto, during which he also earned a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. He holds certifications in family medicine in Canada and in public health and preventive medicine in both Canada and the United States.




Other PH SPOT resources:


Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on email

About the Show

PH SPOTlight: Public health career stories, inspiration, and guidance from current-day public health heroes

On the show, Sujani sits down with public health heroes of our time to share career stories, inspiration, and guidance for building public health careers. From time to time, she also has conversations with friends of public health – individuals who are not public health professionals, but their advice and guidance are equally important.

Join the PH SPOT public health community

A place where passionate public health professionals commit to take their career to the next level – there is no other place like it online!

Weekly emails, with early access to public health jobs, intern positions, upcoming posts, special bonus guides and resources. We hope to make something that sparks joy when you see it in your inbox ✨

If you’re not enjoying them, you can unsubscribe instantly. 💨


A simple template to get you started.

We will also add you to our Public Health community so that you can receive more awesome stuff from us. If you’re not enjoying them, you can unsubscribe instantly.

Hi there! Can I share something amazing with you?