Isra Levy is a physician who graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. After working in South Africa and England, Dr. Levy immigrated to Canada, where he obtained an MSc (Epidemiology) from the University of Ottawa and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and of the American College of Preventive Medicine. He has also attended the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Dr. Levy has practiced clinical and public health medicine in government, the non-governmental sector and academia, and in both urban and rural communities. He is a member of a number of national and international committees and boards, and his work has been published in several Canadian and international scientific journals. He is an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa and continues to practise family medicine in Ottawa.
Prior to joining Ottawa Public Health (OPH) as an Associate Medical Officer of Health in 2006, Isra was instrumental in the creation of an Office for Public Health at the Canadian Medical Association, where he was that Office's first Director and the CMA's Chief Medical Officer. He was appointed Ottawa's Medical Officer of Health in 2008.
OPH, under the leadership of Dr. Isra Levy, protects the health of over 900,000 people. Restaurant inspections, prenatal health, beach water sampling, well baby drop ins, smoking prevention, HIV testing and safer sex counseling, tracking of reportable diseases- this just some of the work done by OPHtokeepour communitieshealthy and safe.
Dr. Levy lives in Ottawa with his wife and three teenaged children.