Dr. Christopher Sikora is a specialist in Public Health & Preventive Medicine, and a Medical Officer of Health in Alberta Health Services, Edmonton Zone. He completed his specialist training at the University of Alberta in 2009, after having completed a Doctor of Medicine, an MSc in Vaccine development, a Masters in Public Health and certification in Family Medicine. Following completion of his residency, he was appointed as the Medical Officer of Health for the Fort McMurray area, and then returned to Edmonton in 2011. Since 2012 he has been the Zone Lead Medical Officer of Health for Alberta Health Services – Edmonton Zone; leading public health programs and policy within the greater Edmonton area. In December 2013 he was also appointed to the position of Associate Medical Director Edmonton Zone.
In his leadership role within Edmonton, he has strengthened the collaboration of partners intrinsic to public health: public health nursing practice, communicable disease control, emergency disaster management, environmental public health, health promotion and disease surveillance. He has become the go-to lead for communications, infection prevention and control, and outbreaks.
Dr Sikora has participated in multiple initiatives that brought together divergent organizations, demonstrating awareness of self and of social/political context. He has strengthened the working relationship between AHS and municipal and provincial partners. Dr Sikora has taken greater responsibility in making Edmonton, and area, a beacon for public health excellence; and has had active participation with the City of Edmonton Poverty Elimination Committee, along with other health-related City of Edmonton initiatives. Additionally, he has been an active participant on numerous national and provincial committees and workgroups, most notably in the areas of risk assessment, quality assurance, professional development, environmental health, surveillance, and education. He trains residents & students, and helps foster/facilitate research projects within Alberta Health Services staff. He demonstrates an ability to create opportunities for colleagues and students for advancement of their personal/professional goals.