John Maher

John Maher MA MD FRCPC, Barrie & South Georgian Bay ACT Teams, Canada

John Maher has been an Assertive Community Treatment Team consulting psychiatrist for several years. Prior to that he worked at a busy community hospital doing adult and emergency psychiatry and running a day treatment program for patients with personality disorders.

He did his medical training at McMaster University, his psychiatry residency at the University of Ottawa, and he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has a BA (hons) in philosophy and an MA with specialization in medical ethics; he did an additional 4 years of graduate work in medical ethics with a special focus on competency issues. He taught philosophy at the University of Ottawa and the University of Western Ontario, and he taught mental health ethics to residents in psychiatry at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Maher was founder and Executive Director of the Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre, founding board member of the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, Assistant Director of the National Cancer Control Task Force, Executive Director of Cancer Canada, and founder and Executive Director of FACE AIDS. He continues to have a particular interest in the care of persons with chronic and terminal illness.

Competing Interests/Conflicts of Interest: None to declare in the past year.