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Michael Casas

Title: Dentist-in-Chief, Department of Dentistry
Designations: DDS, M.Sc., FRCDC
Alternate Contact Name: Helen Cheung
Alternate Phone: 416-813-6008 ext. 206008
Alternate Email:
U of T Positions: Associate Professor, Faculty of Dentistry
Chair Positions: Chair, Dental Directors Subcommittee, Ministry of Health Cleft Lip and Palate/Craniofacial Dental Program
Other Positions: Co-Chair, Capital Equipment Committee


Michael Casas received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Western University in 1985. After a one-year residency at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), he undertook studies at the University of Toronto where he received his Diploma in Paediatric Dentistry (1988) and a Master of Science (1991). He joined the staff of SickKids in 1991 while maintaining a private specialty practice of paediatric dentistry until 2008 when he was appointed Director, Dental Clinics. In 2018, he was appointed Dentist-in-Chief. Dr. Casas is active in graduate education, research and clinical care at SickKids.  Dr. Casas is also one of the Directors of the Ontario Cleft Lip and Palate / Craniofacial Dental Program.


Integrated research between Dentistry and health-care partners at SickKids is strategic for improvement of healthcare in children within the hospital, provincially, nationally and internationally. A strategic research plan was developed with the goal of improving clinically focused investigations.  Current strategic areas of research include oncology, cleft/craniofacial anomalies and evaluative dental sciences. 

Education and experience

  • 2013: Partners in Leadership, Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto
  • 2003: Fellowship in Royal College of Dentists of Canada, FRCD(C)
  • 1992: Master of Science, University of Toronto
    Thesis: Ultrasound investigation of ventilation/swallowing interactions during the oral phase of swallow.


  • 2015: Elected Chair, Dental Directors Subcommittee, MOHLTC Cleft Lip and Palate/Craniofacial Dental Program
  • 2008: Appointed Director of Clinics, Department of Dentistry, The Hospital for Sick Children
    Appointed Director, Ontario Cleft Lip and Palate/Craniofacial Dental Program
  • 2005: Appointed Project Investigator, Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
  • 2005: Appointed Full Member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto


  1. Ho J, Casas M: Temporal trends in new registrations for the Ontario Cleft Lip and Palate/Craniofacial Dental Program between 2007 and 2018, The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal 2020 (in press)
  2. Wang Y, Barrett E, Sidhu, N, Casas M: Prevalence and presentation patterns of enamel hypomineralisation among paediatric hospital dental patients in Toronto, Canada European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry 2019, 21(2), 263-270 
  3. Carillo C, Judd PL, Russell J, Casas M: Oral health of children with congenital heart disease at a pediatric health science center, Journal of the Canadian Dental Association (J Can Dent Assoc 2018;84:i7) 
  4. Friedman M, Barrett EJ, Boutis K, Quiñonez C, Casas MJ: The Cost of Treating Caries-Related Complaints at a Children’s Hospital Emergency Department, Journal of the Canadian Dental Association (J Can Dent Assoc 2018;85:i5) 
  5. Oliver K, Casas MJ, Judd PL, Russell J. Oral health screening practices and perceptions of North American paediatric cardiologists, Paediatrics and Child Health (doi:10.1093/pxx093) 
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