Ontario Shores Appoints new Physician-in-Chief

April 28, 2011
Dr. Eric Fonberg, Chair, Board of Directors, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Dawe, MHSc, MD, FRCP(C) to the position of Physician-in-Chief, effective May 24, 2011.

Dr. Dawe joins Ontario Shores from St. Michael’s Hospital where he is currently the Medical Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Service and a Research Associate with both the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St Michael’s Hospital and the Arthur Sommer Rotenberg Chair in Suicide Studies at the University of Toronto. In addition, Dr. Dawe is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and has been the Head of the General Psychiatry Division, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto since 2003.

“As a psychiatrist, researcher, leader and teacher, Dr. Dawe will play a key role in continuing to strengthen patient care and furthering Ontario Shores’ academic mandate. Dr. Dawe’s passion for a mental health care system that provides a patient-centred and collaborative model of care, accessible and coordinated services, and evidence-based best practices aligns well with Ontario Shores’ Vision of Recovering Best Health, Nurturing Hope, Inspiring Discovery,” says Dr. Fonberg.

Dr. Dawe was the Mental Health Lead for the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (TC-LHIN), providing expert advice to the TC-LHIN on performance and improvement opportunities in mental health systems within the Toronto region. He also served as the Medical Director of Toronto’s Emergency Mental Health and Addictions Alliance, an initiative involving seven hospitals.

“I am excited to join such a progressive and well respected organization. I look forward to working alongside all of the allied staff, physicians, and the management team as we focus on recovery, hope and inspiration through discovery," says Dr. Dawe.

Dr. Dawe completed medical school at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He achieved a residency in psychiatry, two years of fellowship training (Suicide Studies, Emergency Psychiatry, and Mental Health Systems Research), and a Masters degree in Health Administration, all at the University of Toronto. His clinical and research areas of interest include emergency psychiatry, quality and patient safety, population health, health advocacy, and the design and evaluation of mental health delivery systems.

For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact:
Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 4001