Deena Hinshaw

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Deena Hinshaw
Born (1975-10-09) October 9, 1975 (age 45)
EducationAugustana University College, Camrose, Alberta
MD, MA Public Health (MPH) 2008 University of Alberta
OccupationChief Medical Officer of Health, Alberta
Known forCMO during COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta
Medical career
ProfessionMedical doctor
InstitutionsMinistry of Health (Alberta)
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta
Sub-specialtiesPublic Health
Family Medicine
Community Medicine

Deena Hinshaw has been the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province of Alberta since January 28, 2019. She has been providing daily updates on the COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta to the public and recommendations to Jason Kenney, the Premier of Alberta and the Emergency Management Cabinet Committee.[1][2][3][4]


Hinshaw was born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and grew up in Sylvan Lake, Alberta. She graduated from École H.J. Cody High School in 1993 and was class valedictorian. Hinshaw received her undergraduate degree at the Augustana University College in Camrose, Alberta in 1997.[5] She completed her medical degree (2004)[5] and residencies in family medicine and community medicine (2006)[5] at the University of Alberta.[6] In 2008, she received her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Alberta, while completing her public health and preventive medicine residency.[7]


On January 28, 2019, Hinshaw was appointed as Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health. She reports to the Deputy Minister of Health.[6] The CMO may report directly to the Minister of Health if there is a public health emergency, or in other extraordinary conditions.[6]

Chief Medical Officer of Health[edit]

During the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Alberta, Hinshaw has held nearly daily media events in Edmonton, since the first case of the new coronavirus in Alberta was announced on March 5.[8] Global News has projected the narrative that Hinshaw is a "trusted face for Albertans, to build character credibility, calmly delivering the facts as cases, not deaths, from COVID-19 are confirmed in the province."[8]

On March 17, on the advice of Hinshaw, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney declared a public health state of emergency under the Public Health Act (PHA).[9][10]


CBC News and the Canadian Press said that there was a demand for the "charcoal grey half-sleeve dress emblazoned with the periodic table of elements" that Hinshaw wore on March 17 during her daily briefing in Edmonton. The periodic table dress is made by the British Columbia-based company, Smoking Lily.[11] The article cited a Tweet that said, "Hey national media. Alberta has a folk hero. She's calm, clear, forceful. And she wears the periodic table while she delivers information. It's wonderful."[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Coronavirus info for Albertans updated to March 17". March 17, 2020. Archived from the original on March 17, 2020. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  2. ^ "Alberta reports 1st presumptive case of COVID-19". CBC News. Edmonton. March 5, 2020. Archived from the original on 2020-03-05. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  3. ^ Antoneshyn, Alex (March 9, 2020). "Alberta confirms 7 COVID-19 cases, officials planning for 'new normal' in coronavirus world". Edmonton. Archived from the original on March 16, 2020. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  4. ^ "Presumptive COVID-19 case reported in Alberta". Government of Alberta. 2020-03-05. Archived from the original on 2020-03-07. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  5. ^ a b c "Curriculum Vitae Dr. Deena Hinshaw, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C)" (PDF). Contacts Directory. University of Calgary. Retrieved 5 May 2020.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b c "Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health". Archived from the original on March 31, 2020. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  7. ^ "Deena Hinshaw, MPH '08". University of Alberta. Edmonton. February 2019. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Ramsay, Caley (March 10, 2020). "Who is Dr. Deena Hinshaw? Alberta's chief medical officer of health". Global News. Archived from the original on March 19, 2020. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  9. ^ Block, Eric; Goldenberg, Adam; Waschuk, Grace (March 19, 2020). "COVID-19: Can they do that? Part IV: Alberta's Public Health Act and Emergency Management Act". McCarthy Tétrault. Archived from the original on March 23, 2020. Retrieved March 23, 2020. The declaration enables the Alberta government to take measures intended to protect public health. To date, among other measures, the provincial government has prohibited mass gatherings, attendance at recreation and entertainment facilities, and the operation of restaurants above 50% capacity.
  10. ^ "COVID-19 info for Albertans". March 17, 2020. Archived from the original on March 8, 2020. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Alberta medical officer's periodic table dress prompts clothing maker to restart production". The Canadian Press via CBC. March 19, 2020. Archived from the original on March 20, 2020. Retrieved March 19, 2020.