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Dr. Dan Cass

Chair, Rowan’s Law Committee

Associate Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto

Dr. Dan Cass was the Chair of the Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee. This Committee, comprised of 14 members from health care, education, sports organizations, injury prevention, and competitive athletes, was tasked to provide advice to government on improving concussion prevention and management in Ontario. They tabled their report in the Ontario Legislature in September, 2017. Subsequently, Rowan’s Law (Concussion Safety) was passed by the Legislature in March, 2018.

Dr. Cass is a two-time graduate of the University of Toronto, receiving his BSc in 1984 and MD in 1988 before completing the Royal College Residency Program in Emergency Medicine in Toronto in 1993. He worked as a staff Emergency Physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto for 16 years, from 1993 to 2009, for 10 of which he was Chief of Emergency Medicine.  

Dr. Cass was appointed as an investigating coroner in 2007. He joined the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario full-time in 2009 and held a number of successive leadership positions, including Deputy Chief Coroner – Investigations, and was Chair of the Patient Safety Review Committee. He served as Interim Chief Coroner for Ontario from January to July, 2013.

In March of 2015, Dr. Cass assumed the role of Vice President, Medical at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto, where he also practiced Addiction Medicine. He served as Interim CEO of St. Joseph’s in the summer of 2017, before heling to support the integration of St. Joseph’s with St. Michael’s Hospital and Providence Healthcare in August, 2017.

In January, 2018, Dr. Cass joined the leadership team of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre as Executive Vice President, Programs and Chief Medical Executive. Dr. Cass also continues to practice clinically, providing care to homeless men through the Inner City Family Health Team one evening each week.

Dr. Cass is an Associate Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has presented more than 200 lectures, seminars and workshops to learners in the undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional education environments. He has 27 peer-reviewed publications, including the Canadian Medical Association Journal, JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine