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Surgeon takes role as associate dean, clinical services

Published: July 5, 2012
William Orovan
Dr. William Orovan, a professor in the Department of Surgery, has been appointed associate dean, clinical services, for the Faculty of Health Sciences.

An alumnus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine is taking a senior role for the Faculty of Health Sciences as associate dean, clinical services.

Dr. William Orovan, professor and chair of the Department of Surgery for the past 13 years, took the new role on July 1. 

"Dr. Orovan has fine, proven leadership skills that will be appreciated as part of our senior administration team for the Faculty," said John Kelton, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Regarding his new position, Orovan said: "I look forward to this new role and to dealing with our clinical partners in these challenging times."

Orovan obtained his McMaster medical degree in 1975, and he has been a member of the Faculty and a practicing urological surgeon since 1981. He acted as interim dean and vice-president for the Faculty of Health Sciences from December 2000 until June 2001.

Before his MD, he had received his Bachelor of Science degree at McMaster University and his Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree from Queen’s University. 

Orovan has held various administrative positions within St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, including 12 years as chief of its Department of Surgery and four years as chief of the medical staff. 

Orovan has a longstanding interest in public policy issues pertaining to health care.  He has spoken widely on issues of health care delivery, its organization, funding, and future directions at the provincial, national and international levels.  Dr. Orovan served on the Board of the Ontario Medical Association for eight years and was president of the Association in 1999.  He has also served as member of the board of the Canadian Medical Association

Orovan’s clinical and academic interests are in urological oncology. He is also the Ontario medical director for Maple Leaf HIFU, a provider of High Intensity Focused Ultrasound treatment of organ confined prostate cancer


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