Dr. Brian O’Rourke
INAHTA Board Past Chair (2018-2020)
Dr. Brian O’Rourke is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). He joined CADTH in January of 2009 as the Vice-President of the Common Drug Review (CDR) following a distinguished career as a Pharmacist and Health Services Operations Officer with the Canadian Forces.
With more than 30 years in pharmacy practice in various leadership capacities, Dr. O’Rourke actively positions CADTH as the leading source of health technology information in Canada.
In carrying out CADTH’s mandate, he ensures that the agency delivers timely and innovative products and services in response to increasingly demanding health care challenges. His leadership activities focus on providing health care decision-makers with evidence-based information, tools, and resources about the effectiveness of drugs and other health technologies in response to the rapid rate of technological changes in health care.
Dr. O’Rourke holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from Dalhousie University and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto.
He is an active member of the Canadian Pharmacists Association, the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and the Canadian College of Health Leaders. As a retired Colonel, Dr. O’Rourke was appointed by the Governor General as an Officer of the Order of Military Merit in 2005.
Brian has been a member of the Board for the following terms: Director 2012-2014, Chair 2014-2016 and 2018-2020.