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Dr. Sarah Funnell

Dr. Sarah Funnell

Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Sarah Funnell is a First Nations family physician and an associate medical officer of health in Ottawa. Her background is Algonquin and Tuscarora, but she grew up among the Mississaugas in southern Ontario.

After completing medical school at the University of Ottawa (U of O), Dr. Funnell pursued her dual interests in family medicine and epidemiology through the five-year Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program at U of O. She received her Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP) in 2015.

In addition to providing care at a family practice serving the Akwesasne First Nation along the St. Lawrence River, Dr. Funnell is the Indigenous Health Director at Queen’s University. In this educational role Dr. Funnell works on advancing the Department of Family Medicine’s Indigenous health curriculum and improving the recruitment and support of Indigenous residents.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) has benefited from Dr. Funnell’s strong leadership and advocacy skills through her involvement with the Indigenous Health Committee, which she has co-chaired since 2015.

Dr. Funnell’s drive to enhance the health and health care experiences of Indigenous communities and patients has been recognized with several awards, including a CFPC Medical Student Leadership Award (2013) and a Professional Association of Residents of Ontario Resident Teaching Award (2018). She also received a CFPC Research Grant for the Study of Communities Impacted by Health Disparities (2017).

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