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  • Professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Internal Medicine
    Room GC-410, Health Sciences Centre
    820 Sherbrook Street
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 1R9

    Phone: 204-787-7029  
    Fax: 204-787-4826


Research summary

Pamela Orr works with academic and community partners to explore issues of concern to those communities. Her research interests include community wellness, health advocacy, health promotion and disease prevention, housing, nutrition, public health, STBBI, and tuberculosis. Her research themes include health determinants, health systems, infectious diseases, rural, circumpolar, and northern health. Dr. Orr is also a research affiliate at the Centre for Human Rights Research, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba.

  • Research groups

  • Research interests

    • Community wellness
    • Health advocacy
    • Health promotion and disease prevention
    • Housing
    • Nutrition
    • Public health
    • STBBI
    • Tuberculosis
  • Research themes

    • Health determinants
    • Health systems
    • Infectious diseases
    • Rural, circumpolar and northern health
  • Research affiliations

    Centre for Human Rights Research, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba


  • Circumpolar health  
  • Community health 
  • Community wellness
  • Health advocacy
  • Health promotion
  • Housing
  • Infectious diseases
  • International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
  • Nutrition
  • Public health
  • Tuberculosis


Pamela Orr is a professor of internal medicine (infectious diseases), medical microbiology, and community health sciences at the University of Manitoba. She started her career as a general practitioner and was recruited and mentored by Dr. J.A. Hildes to work in northern Manitoba and the Arctic. Her work is focused on community-based partnerships with northern, rural, and inner-city urban peoples to support health and wellness. She is currently the vice-president of the Circumpolar Health Research Network and associate editor of the International Journal of Circumpolar Health. She has served as president of the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health, the International Union for Circumpolar Health, and the North American Region of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

  • Education

    Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba (1989-1994)

    Specialist Certification in Infectious Diseases, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), University of Manitoba (1987-1989)

    Fellow training, Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) in Internal Medicine, University of Manitoba (1984-1988)

    Mixed internship, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto (1978-1979)

    Doctor of Medicine (MD), University of Toronto, Toronto (1974-1978)

  • Awards

    PGME Faculty and Staff Award in Medical Education, University of Manitoba (2021-2022)

    Champion Award: Awarded for contributions to creating a positive learning environment in the institution, Canadian Federation of Medical Students (2021)

    Professionalism Award, Class of 2020, Manitoba

    2018 Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation President’s Medal for Housing Research ($15,000) awarded for the team project entitled "Sekuwe (My House): Dene First Nations’ Perspectives on Healthy Homes." Team members: Linda Larcombe, Kathi Avery-Kinew, Lizette Denechezhe, Ivan Yassie, Matthew Singer, Lancelot Coar, and Pamela Orr. (2018)

Contact us

Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room 543 - 745 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J9 Canada