Sharon Macdonald MD, FRCPC
Department of Community Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
University of Manitoba
Dr. Sharon Macdonald, a Manitoban by birth, began her medical education at the University of Manitoba graduating in 1972. A rotating internship at the Montreal General Hospital was the start of a long time connection to Quebec, France and the French language. However, an interest in Canadian geography and natural history led Sharon to Churchill, Manitoba where she began a ongoing relationship with northern and aboriginal communities. She worked as a general practitioner in Nunavut and northern Manitoba for the Northern Medical Unit (now the J.A. Hildes NMU) under the mentorship of Jack Hildes. Dr. Macdonald developed an interest in the health of populations and health care delivery in remote areas. She returned to specialty training in Community Medicine and has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada since 1982.
Over the years, Dr. Macdonald has worked in aboriginal health care, public health, and community health service delivery systems. She is a longtime member of the Department of Community Health Sciences and has participated in a variety of departmental and faculty activities. These include graduate and undergraduate teaching, Director of Community Medicine Residency Program, Director of the J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit, Chair of Research Ethics Committee and a member of the Kampala-Winnipeg Exchange Project 2005-2007. Dr. Macdonald was Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Community Health Services, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority from 2000-2006. Her research interests include public health, knowledge translation, home care and aboriginal health services.