Philip Hassen




Edmonton, Canada

Current position:

International Consultant, Patient Safety and Quality

Philip Hassen is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Alberta and at the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia.  Philip is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Health Services Executives and holds a BSc (Honours) in Unified Science from Wayne State University and a Masters of Public Health (Administration) from the University of Michigan.  He is also a member of Mensa.  Philip authored Rx for Hospital: New Hope for Medicare in the Nineties and subsequently written numerous articles on Quality and Safety.  

Throughout his career, Philip has stressed the importance of patient- and client-centred health care, with an emphasis on improving the quality and safety of care for Canadians by strengthening leadership and encouraging a systems perspective.

Philip has held numerous positions in the healthcare sector including being the last President of the International Society for Quality and Safety in Health Care and former Board chair and President of the Canadian Network for International Surgery (2010-2012) has had a distinguished career in health service management and policy. He has most recently served as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (2004 to spring of 2010); prior to that he served as Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (2002-2004). As well Philip served as President and CEO, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (2000-2002), and has held the position of President and CEO of Providence Health Care in Vancouver (1997-2000); President of St. Joseph’s Health Centre in London, Ontario (1988-1997); and Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of the Toronto Hospital’s Toronto Western Division (1987-1988). In Calgary, he was the Executive Vice-President of the Foothills Provincial General Hospital (1981-1987).