Shamara Baidoobonso

Position: Health and Wellness, Government of Prince Edward Island

Shamara Baidoobonso, PhD, is the Provincial Epidemiologist for Prince Edward Island. She provides leadership, and scientific and strategic direction to the Chief Public Health Office and Department of Health and Wellness on matters related to health data, health surveillance, and health research. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University. Dr. Baidoobonso has broad and deep experience in using scientific evidence and engaging diverse public voices in health policy decision-making at the provincial level. In addition to practical experience in this area, she also provides guidance on conducting this work in applied settings. Dr. Baidoobonso also remains actively engaged in research, volunteer, and advisory roles focused on addressing HIV and social determinants of health in Black and socially marginalized communities. Over the years, she has received multiple scholarships and awards in recognition of both her academic and community work, including a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Her passions are equity and inclusiveness, evidence-informed decision-making, and lifelong learning.