Dr. Karl Kabasele is a Canadian TV personality who hosted his own medical show on the Ontario-based channel CP24 at 7:15 every Monday beginning September 28, 2009. Kabasele was also now medical specialist with CBC News and now a Community Team blogger with CBC Radio in Toronto. He was formerly a medical specialist on Citytv in Toronto.
Kabasele was born July 31, 1972 in Châteauguay, Quebec. His mother is American. His father Daniel Kabasele was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and received a Ph.D. in France before emigrating to Quebec. Kabasele was raised in Châteauguay and went to medical school at McGill University where he enjoyed working in campus radio in his spare time. He did his residency in community medicine at the University of Toronto. He holds a Master's degree in public health from Harvard University.
The former associate medical officer of health for the City of Toronto from 2001 to 2004, Kabasele was the lead physician for Toronto's West Nile Virus program from 2002 to 2004 and worked with the medical team charged with controlling the SARS outbreak in 2003. In his off-screen practice, Kabasele is a clinical consultant with the Nicotine Dependence Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. His work has been published in medical journals including Canadian Family Physician and Emerging Infectious Diseases.
An active member in the community, Kabasele volunteers as a consultant for the New Heights Community Health Centre, headquartered in the Lawrence Heights neighbourhood of Toronto. A social activist, he has travelled internationally to assist with relief activities after disasters including Grenada’s Hurricane Ivan (2004). He went to Thailand and Sri Lanka in 2005 to assist with relief after the tsunami and in the same year also visited Cambodia and Honduras on separate aid missions.