|Dr. Michael Finkelstein was born and raised in Ottawa and completed an honours chemistry degree at the University of Waterloo before entering the University of Ottawa’s medical school. After graduating Magna Cum Laude, Michael interned in Ottawa at both campuses of the Ottawa Hospital before moving to Toronto to complete specialty training in Public Health. While completing his specialty training, Michael completed a graduate degree in epidemiology at the University of Toronto. He joined Toronto Public Health as an associate medical officer of health in July 2001. Since then he has responded to the SARS outbreak, the arrival of West Nile Virus, a large legionella outbreak in 2005 and spent some time at Cancer Care Ontario reviewing the cancer screening programs. From 2002 to 2006, Michael was the lead for the Vaccine Preventable Diseases Program. During that time the program expanded its school program to include meningococcal vaccination. Michael has been involved in a number of research projects including a large PHAC-CIHR Pandemic Influenza Network that continues to conduct leading edge research on the use of information to support increased influenza pandemic readiness. He has been interested in information technology since arriving at Toronto Public Health and is the physician consultant for information management in Communicable Disease Control for Toronto Public Health.