Toronto doctor named new scientific director of provincial COVID-19 advisory group

Ontario’s expert advisory group on COVID-19 has named a Toronto doctor as its new scientific director.

Public Health Ontario, which now oversees the group, says Dr. Fahad Razak will replace Dr. Peter Juni in his role on Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.

Razak is an internist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, with expertise in global health and health services research.

He has been a member of the science table since its founding and Public Health Ontario says he has contributed memoirs on the long COVID, vaccines, hospital visitor policies and therapeutics.

Razak said in a Twitter post that he hopes “science will continue to help us determine the best path forward” during the next phase of the pandemic.

The public health agency announced last month that it would begin overseeing the expert panel and says it is developing new terms of reference so the science table can respond to future public health emergencies if needed.