Appointment of the New Scientific Advisory Chair

On behalf of the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit (MSSU) Executive Committee, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Frank Atherton as the new Chair of the MSSU Scientific Advisory Committee. Frank is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Nova Scotia Health in the Department of Health and Wellness. Since his arrival in the province in 2012, Frank has made himself an integral part of DHW and continues to collaborate with members of the Dalhousie Community Health and Epidemiology on a weekly basis. As an active member of the MSSU Scientific Advisory Committee since October 2013, Frank comes with thorough knowledge of the MSSU’s mission, vision, and processes.

The MSSU Scientific Advisory Committee, and the MSSU as a whole, will both benefit having Frank in this role and as a member of the Executive Committee. Please join me in welcoming him.

Adrian Levy
Nominated Principal Investigator, MSSU



Dr. Frank Atherton is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health in the Department of Health and Wellness, Nova Scotia. Frank graduated in medicine from Leeds University, UK and worked in hospital and primary care posts around the North of England for a number of years before undertaking voluntary work as a District Medical Officer in Malawi. On his return to the UK, Frank completed specialist training in Public Health Medicine in the Yorkshire Region and then worked on international health and development issues for the WHO and the UK Department for International Development in postings to the Former Yugoslavia, Tanzania, and Bangladesh.  From 2002 to 2012 Frank worked as a Director of Public Health in Lancashire and from 2008 to 2012 he also acted as President of the UK Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH). He holds honorary academic appointments at Dalhousie University (Adjunct Assistant Professor) and Lancaster University (Honorary Lecturer). Frank is passionately interested in addressing inequalities in health at the global, national and local level.