Aamir Bharmal is a public health physician and the medical director of the Public Health Response Division at BCCDC. He is also a clinical associate professor at the UBC School of Population & Public Health.
Dr. Bharmal’s research interests include epidemiology, communicable disease control, health equity and quality improvement, particularly how these areas apply to improving public health programming development, delivery and implementation.
Dr. Bharmal is the medical director of BCCDC's Public Health Response Service, which includes several teams responsible for communicable disease surveillance and control that enhance the province's capacity to prepare, rapidly assess, and respond to emergent public health issues.
Dr. Bharmal completed his medical training at the University of Alberta. He completed residency training in family medicine and public health and preventive medicine at the University of Toronto, during which time he completed a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins as an affiliate of the Johns Hopkins General Preventive Medicine Residency Program. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.
Prior to joining the BCCDC, Dr. Bharmal was a medical health officer and medical director of Communicable Disease and Harm Reduction at Fraser Health Authority from 2017-2022, where he had medical oversight for communicable disease, harm reduction and sexual health programming across the region.