Bio of Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO

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Dr. Nicola Mercer was appointed as the Medical Officer of Health and CEO for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health in 2007.

Prior to becoming a Public Health physician, Dr. Mercer completed her Fellowship in Anesthesiology and served as Chief of the department of Anesthesiology at the Guelph General Hospital. With 15 years experience as a hospital-based physician, and now 13 years as MOH and CEO she has working relationships with senior leaders both locally and provincially. In 2017 she was appointed by the then Minister of Health, Dr. Eric Hoskins, to the Expert Panel on Public Health.

In her community, Dr. Mercer is past president of the Wellington County Medical Association and currently sits as a member of the University of Guelph, Board of Trustees. Additionally, she has Special Graduate Faculty status in the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph.

Having received her medical training, including her residency, at the University of Toronto, Dr. Mercer also received a Master of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Waterloo. She has several publications in the Canadian Veterinary Journal and the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

Dr. Mercer has lived in Guelph for more than 25 years and met her husband, a Guelph family physician, in the operating room of the old St. Joseph’s Hospital.