FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswick’s new chief medical officer of health was announced today by Health Minister Benoît Bourque.

Dr. Jennifer Russell assumed her official duties April 4.

“Dr. Russell has a great deal of experience in public health and medical knowledge that will bring a new perspective to the role,” said Bourque. “Dr. Russell has done an excellent job as acting chief medical officer.”

Russell has held several leadership roles at public health over the past three-and-a-half years, including acting chief medical officer of health, deputy chief medical officer of health and acting regional medical officer of health.

Fluently bilingual, Russell obtained her medical degree from Memorial University in 1999 before completing the family medicine residency program at Dalhousie University.

Prior to joining public health, Russell worked for six years in addictions and mental health services in Fredericton. Between 1997 and 2007, she served as a medical officer in the Canadian Armed Forces.