McMaster University

McMaster University

Gary Chaimowitz

Gary Chaimowitz

Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences,
Head of Service, Forensics, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Mountain Site


Phone: 905-522-1155 ext 35424
Fax: 905-381-5606

Education and Career

Dr. Chaimowitz is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton. He is the Head of Service, Forensic Psychiatry at St. Joseph's Healthcare. In addition to subspecialty psychiatry certification, he has an MBA from the University of Toronto. His continuing medical education activities include organizing the McMaster Muskoka Seminars, now in its 15th year. He organizes the Canadian Psychiatric Association International Professional Development conference and the forensic Risk and Recovery conference. He is a member of the Ontario Review Board and Vice Chair of the Consent and Capacity Board. Dr. Chaimowitz is President of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law as well as Chair of the Forensic Psychiatry Specialty Committee of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada. He is the Chair of the Canadian Psychiatric Association Professional Standards and Practice Council, and a member of the Executive of the Psychiatry Section of the Ontario Medical Association. He is Treasurer of the Ontario Coalition of Psychiatrists and a member of the Council of the Ontario Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Chaimowitz is certified as a Physician Executive by the Certifying Commission on Medical Management (1999) – Diplomate of the American College of Physician Executives. He is a Fellow of both the CPA and APA.


  • The development of two tools to manage risk in inpatients and in the community, the Aggressive Incident Scale and the Hamilton Anatomy of Risk Management (AIS-HARM).
  • McMaster/Muskoka Seminar Series, an annual series of weekly seminars providing high quality C.M.E. in resort settings; the annual CPA ICPD, and Risk and Recovery conferences.

Research Interests

Forensic psychiatry

Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Level Double-A conformance, W3C WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0