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Clinical Leadership: Dr. Allison McGeer

Dr. Allison McGeer, Director of Infection Control, Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Allison McGeer, Mount Sinai's Director of Infection Control

Keeping patients safe from infectious diseases such as influenza during their stay in hospital is something that Dr. Allison McGeer will never compromise on.  While Mount Sinai’s Director of Infection Control is routinely asked to assist in containing dangerous infectious diseases in regions around the world, here at home, she treats influenza with as much gravity as any other infectious disease.  “People don’t realize just how life-threatening influenza can be, especially for vulnerable patient populations,” says Dr. McGeer. 

Every year, in the lead up to flu season, Dr. McGeer, who has been the hospital’s Director of Infection Control for 25 years, works with a team of flu vaccine champions throughout the organization to educate and encourage staff to get vaccinated. 

And there is a reason that people pay attention to her good counsel.  Her work during SARS, her research in community-acquired infection and national leadership roles serving on Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization and the Ontario Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee, as well as her roles on several local, provincial and national pandemic influenza committees have made her an internationally sought expert.  She has recently been working with the World Health Organization (WHO) on coronavirus and ebola containment strategies.

Despite the heavy demands on her time, and facing down some of the world’s most challenging infectious diseases, Dr. McGeer never fails to remind Canadians about the importance of protecting themselves against influenza.