Chief Medical Officer

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) is the title used in many countries for the senior government official designated head of medical services, sometimes at the national level. The post is held by a physician who serves to advise and lead a team of medical experts on matters of public health importance.[1]

The post of Chief Medical Officer dates back to Victorian times.[2] The equivalent title may go under different names across countries, for example known as the Surgeon General in the United States and the Chief Public Health Officer in Canada.

By extension, Chief Medical Officer is also used as a job title, for the physician who is the professional lead of all physicians at a hospital.[3]

See also

  • Chief Medical Officer (United Kingdom)
  • Chief Medical Officer (Ireland)
  • Medical Officer for Health
  • Chief of staff is the highest ranking physician at a hospital.


  1. Department of Health, UK. Chief Medical Officer. Accessed 19 Jan. 2012.
  2. Department of Health, UK. History of the post of Chief Medical Officer. Accessed 19 Jan. 2012.
  3. "Find an expert". Birmingham Children's Hospital. Fiona was the clinical lead in PICU until 2010 when she became the Deputy Chief Medical Officer. In 2015 she became Chief Medical Officer, which is the professional lead for the doctors at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
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