Dr. Robert Strang is Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) in Nova Scotia, a position to which he was appointed in August 2007.
For his ongoing leadership in the province’s public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Strang received the 2020 Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Administration.
“Throughout his career, Dr. Strang has placed the health of Nova Scotians at the forefront of his work, developing and implementing policies with our well-being in mind,” said Lt.-Gov. Arthur LeBlanc. “His commitment to the health of all Nova Scotians has never been more evident than during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is a most deserving recipient of this year's award.”
Dr. Strang received his medical degree from the University of British Columbia and completed Family Practice and Public Health and Preventive Medicine residencies at UBC.
He was an Associate Medical Officer of Health in South Fraser Health, BC, from 1997 to 1999. In 1999, he moved to Halifax to become Medical Officer of Health for Capital District Health Authority. He was acting provincial Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health prior to his CMOH appointment.
As CMOH, he has provided leadership around the renewal of the public health system in Nova Scotia. He has also raised awareness of the importance of creating policies and environments that support better health for Nova Scotian families and communities.
Dr. Strang is passionate about public health. He has worked with non-governmental organizations such as Smoke Free Nova Scotia, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the Public Health Association of Nova Scotia. He currently serves on the boards of Feed Nova Scotia and Autism Nova Scotia.
Dr. Strang has an adjunct appointment with Dalhousie University, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology.