Pierre-Gerlier (PG) Forest, PhD is the director of Johns Hopkins’ Institute for Health and Social Policy at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Forest was the president of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, a Canadian institution supporting policy innovation and the dissemination of actionable research results.
In 2003, Dr. Forest was appointed to the G.D.W. Cameron Visiting Chair with Health Canada, the federal department of health, before becoming Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Scientist (2004-2006). He was also one of the architects of the Public Health Agency of Canada, established in 2004 to provide a national focal point for public health leadership, policy and planning at the national level.
In 2001, Dr. Forest was appointed to the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. As director of research, Dr. Forest was responsible for the evidence produced and used by the Commission and contributed directly to its publications,
Dr. Forest is author or co-author of more than a hundred and fifty scientific papers and books. He holds adjunct professorships with the Faculty of Medicine, Universite de Montreal and the National School for Public Administration (Quebec). He was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2008.