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Statement from the Board of Health

Dr. Ethan Toumishey named Medical Officer of Health for Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/Feb. 1, 2022

The Hastings Prince Edward Board of Health is very pleased to announce that Dr. Ethan Toumishey is the successful candidate in the recruitment process for the new Medical Officer of Health (MOH), subject to Ministry of Health approval.

“Dr. Toumishey’s medical expertise and leadership have been invaluable during his tenure as Acting Medical Officer of Health over the past several months, and we are very pleased that he will continue to lead the team at HPEPH as Medical Officer of Health and CEO,” said Jo-Anne Albert, chair of the Board of Health. “He has demonstrated strong and steady leadership in the face of the pandemic and during the selection process it quickly became evident that he not only has the skills and training necessary for this challenging role, but also has the vision and passion to advocate for public health and the important role it plays in keeping our residents safe and healthy.”

Dr. Toumishey, has been the Acting Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH since October when Dr. Piotr Oglaza moved to Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health as their MOH.

Before taking on the Acting MOH role, Dr. Toumishey was hired as the Director of Clinical Programs at HPEPH after completing his residency in Public Health and Preventive Medicine in June 2021.

Dr. Toumishey has a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Ottawa, graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine from Dalhousie University, and completed a Masters in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Queen’s University and met the requirements for fellowship with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in June 2021. He has worked as an independent family physician and is also a guest lecturer at Queen’s University. 

Congratulations Dr. Toumishey. We wish you the very best in your new position and look forward to our continued work together.

Jo-Anne Albert
Chair, HPE Board of Health


Media Contact:

Maureen Hyland, Communications Specialist

About Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is a public health agency that serves the counties of Hastings and Prince Edward from four local offices. We monitor the health of our local population, deliver programs and services within our communities, and help develop healthy public policies. We provide information and support in many areas to help improve the health and well-being of our residents. Together with our communities, we help people become as healthy as they can be. For more information, please visit You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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