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Muslim Doctor Named Scientific Director of Ontario COVID-19 Advisory Group

In recognition of his efforts, Canadian Muslim doctor Fahad Razak has been appointed as the new scientific director of Ontario COVID-19 advisory group.

Taking the new position on May 9, Dr. Razak replaces Dr. Peter Jüni who will be leaving Ontario in June for Oxford University.

“Honored to be the new Scientific Director of @COVIDSciOntario. Harnessing science to inform our response to the pandemic has been a great privilege,” commented Dr.Razak on his Twitter feed.

“Thank you to all the scientists on the Table who I have learned so much from, and the hundreds of hours they have volunteered.”

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Dr Razak completed an Engineering Science degree, Medical Doctorate, and Residency at the University of Toronto. He was the first physician to be appointed the David E. Bell Fellow at Harvard University.

Great Efforts

According to, Dr. Razak has been a member of the Table since its inception and has contributed to many Science Briefs including Long- COVID, hospital visitor policies, vaccines and therapeutics.

His research group has led some of Canada’s largest studies on patients hospitalized with COVID-19, including examining the impact of disability on care and outcomes, exploring how to manage critical drug shortages, and a randomized trial to see whether prone positioning helps patients.

Notable research recognitions include the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine’s New Investigator Award and the Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship from the PSI Foundation.

Dr. Razak is a General Internist at St Michael’s Hospital (Unity Health Toronto) and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.

He also has been a front-line physician providing care for hospitalized COVID-19 patients since the start of the pandemic.