Dr. Catherine Zahn, C.M. was appointed President and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in 2009. CAMH is Canada’s leading mental health hospital and the country’s largest academic health science centre focused on mental illness.
She received her MD (Honours) from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, where she completed her residency training in neurology. Dr. Zahn holds an MSc in Health Administration from University of Toronto, and has completed the Directors’ Education Program at the university’s Rotman School of Management. She is a Professor in University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She has made numerous contributions to health care in Ontario through her leadership in hospital integration, technology assessment, and mental healthcare system improvement.
Recent honours include membership in the Order of Canada, Doctor of Laws degrees (honoris causa) from Western University and Ryerson University, the York University Bryden Award for Outstanding Achievement, and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Zahn serves on a number of health-care-related boards and committees, as well as on the Board of Governors of Upper Canada College. Dr. Zahn is a champion for the integration of psychiatry and neuroscience, working to steer mental illness into the mainstream of healthcare, and promoting equitable access to healthcare resources for people with mental illness.