A doctor with expertise in child abuse, Dr. Dirk Huyer, has been appointed Chief Coroner for Ontario. He had served as interim Chief Coroner since July 2013.
Dr. Huyer joined the Office of the Chief Coroner in 2008, as a Regional Supervising Coroner. He has served as a coroner in Ontario since 1992 and was Regional Supervising Coroner for the regions of Peel and Halton, and the counties of Simcoe and Wellington.
Dr. Huyer said: “I am honoured to have the opportunity to serve the people of Ontario in leading a high-quality, collaborative death investigation system that contributes to public safety.”
Dr. Huyer has specific expertise in the medical evaluation of child maltreatment and has worked with the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Program at the Hospital for Sick Children.
He has investigated more than 5,000 deaths and chairs both the provincial Deaths Under Five and Pediatric Death Review committees. He is also an assistant professor with the pediatrics department at the University of Toronto faculty of medicine.
The Office of the Chief Coroner conducts inquests and reports on various types of deaths, to help reduce deaths and improve public safety. The Office of the Chief Coroner conducts approximately 16,000 death investigations each year.
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