Dr. M. Mustafa Hirji is the Acting Medical Officer of Health for Niagara Region, appointed to the position in January 2018. In this capacity he is responsible for protecting the health of Niagara's 450,000 residents and 15 million visitors through Public Health programs such as vaccination, preventing chronic diseases, health inspections, enabling children to get the best start to life, as well as land ambulance and dispatch services, and emergency planning. Dr. Hirji has a particular focus on the social determinants of health - the socioeconomic conditions in which people live, which determines half of health outcomes.
As part of his role in education, Dr. Hirji supervises medical students and medical residents undergoing specialty training when they are placed within Niagara Region Public Health. He is also a tutor for the Masters in Public Health degree at McMaster University.
Dr. Hirji holds an MD from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto. He completed specialty training through McMaster University, earning a specialty certificate in Public Health and Preventive Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.