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Dr. Sarah Funnell

Dr. Sarah Funnell

Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Sarah Funnell is a First Nations family physician, public health specialist, and clinician scientist. Her background is mixed Algonquin and Tuscarora and grew up among the Mississaugas of Alderville First Nation. Her Algonquin name, Minwanimad, means pleasant breeze.

Dr. Funnell is the Founding Director of the Centre for Indigenous Health Research and Education, Faculty of Medicine, uOttawa and an Assistant Professor in uOttawa’s Department of Family Medicine with a cross appointment to the School of Epidemiology and Public Health. She is also the Director of Indigenous Health within the Department of Family Medicine at Queen’s University.
Dr. Funnell was an Associate Medical Officer of Health at Ottawa Public Health until April 2022. She spent most of her time supporting the local pandemic response and promoting vaccine acceptance in Indigenous communities.

Dr. Funnell maintains her passion for family medicine by providing primary care services to underserved communities in and around the Ottawa area.

After completing medical school at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Funnell pursued her dual interests in family medicine and epidemiology through the five-year Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program. She received her Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP) in 2015. She became a fellow of the Royal College (FRCPC) in 2018, while also completing a masters of science in epidemiology that same year.

Dr. Funnell has a passion for leadership and good governance. Her volunteer work currently supports the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) to improve Indigenous health curriculum in medical education programs. She is on the Board of Directors of the CFPC and is past co-chair of the Indigenous Health Committee at the CFPC.

Dr. Funnell is an Executive and Founding Member of the National Consortium for Indigenous Medical Education (NCIME) where she co-chairs the Admissions and Transitions working group. Since 2021, she has been a Council member of the MCC. She is also a member of the Indigenous Health Advisory Committee at the Royal College. She is past board director of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC).

Dr. Funnell lives in Ottawa with her husband and three daughters. In her spare time, she speaks to her plants.

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