Dr. Monika Naus is the medical director of the Communicable Diseases & Immunization Service at BCCDC. She is also a professor in the UBC School of Population & Public Health.
Dr. Naus' clinical and research interests include planning and evaluation of old and new immunization policy and programs, various aspects of vaccine preventable diseases and implications for future control in the context of immunization, immunization registries, determinants of vaccine uptake and vaccine safety.
Dr. Naus obtained her medical training at the University of Alberta and her training in public health and preventive medicine at the University of Toronto. She then served as a federal field epidemiologist with the Laboratory Centre for Disease Control prior to starting her career in public health. Before joining BCCDC in July 2001, she was the provincial epidemiologist in Ontario from 1997 to 2001, and a senior medical consultant in vaccine preventable diseases and tuberculosis (TB) control for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care from 1990 to 1997.
She has been active in immunization at the national level, including on the Canadian National Advisory Committee on Immunization, which she chaired from 2003 to 2007 after being a member for eight years. She is also a member of several NACI expert groups. Dr. Naus is active on the Canadian Immunization Committee, Canadian Immunization Registries and Coverage Network, Automated Identification of Vaccine Products Working Group, Canadian Immunization Research Network and other national and provincial committees. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and of the American College of Preventive Medicine.