Jennifer Clara Tang

Jennifer Clara Tang*

MD, FRCPC, MHSc (Bioethics), ARCT

Hamilton, Ontario
Emergency medicine

Area 5, Division B

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Candidate statement

My name is Jennifer Clara Tang, and I am an emergency physician, medical educator, investigating Coroner and presiding officer for Inquests in the province of Ontario. I am privileged to work at Hamilton Health Sciences, serve the greater community of Hamilton, Brantford and Six Nations, and teach residents and medical students at McMaster University. I identify as a woman of colour, an early career physician in her first 10 years of practice, a mother of a young toddler and a wife of a family and palliative care physician. I was elected to CMPA Council in 2019 and am seeking your support to continue my work: to protect the professional integrity of physicians and promote safe medical care in Canada.

During my tenure as Councillor, I served on the Case Review Committee and the Extent of Assistance Committee. I brought my experience as a frontline colleague to every meeting, because as an emergency physician and Coroner, I have walked in your shoes. I know what it is like to make difficult clinical decisions, work unsociable hours, face a busy waiting room, do home visits, return to work after parental leave, wrangle a sick toddler during a teleconference and interact with different provincial organizations. During this pandemic where misinformation has been proven to be deadly, I promote and support physicians as health advocates. I am active on social media, and as such, I understand the challenges and pitfalls our members face. I am conscious that the CMPA must be agile and responsive to emerging issues like virtual care. I believe that our organizations can change to reflect our realities. For example, last year, a colleague and I successfully lobbied the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to introduce parental leave fee registration fee reductions.

The CMPA needs governance and experience that reflects its membership. I believe I will continue to bring much needed diversity and modern perspective to Council. The last two years of pandemic have taken a toll on the profession. As a frontline emergency physician and vaccinator who has been active in health advocacy, I have experienced and understand the medicolegal challenges faced by the profession. I have unique expertise in bioethics (Masters of Health Sciences (Bioethics)) and a legal lens from my work with Coroner's Inquests. If re-elected onto Council, I commit to bringing my skills and experience to ensure responsible governance of the CMPA.

Relevant skills and experience

Practice Appointments

Hamilton Health Sciences

Active staff (Emergency Medicine)
Term Staff (Emergency Medicine)

Office of the Chief Coroner: Ontario

Presiding Inquest Coroner
Investigating Coroner

Hamilton Homebound Vaccination Program (Partnered with Hamilton Paramedics)


City of Hamilton - Community Vaccinator at the Mass Vaccination Clinics


Region of Peel-Vaccination Clinics


Professional Appointments

McMaster University Medical School

Student Advisor
Longitudinal Facilitator of Professional Competencies for medical students

Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario

Telemedicine in Death Investigation - Working Group Member

McMaster University

Assistant Clinical Professor (Division of Emergency Medicine)

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada


Canadian Medical Association

Bioethics Committee, Ontario delegate

Hamilton Health Sciences

Member, Clinical Bioethics Committee

City of Hamilton

Member, Homelessness Funding Implementation Group

Ontario Medical Association

Delegate to Council, Section of Interns and Residents

Queen's University, Department of Emergency Medicine

Chief Resident

Professional Association of Residents of Ontario

Board of Directors, Secretary
Board lead, Working Group on Distributed Medical Education
Queen's University Site Chair

CMPA Appointments

Culture Sub-committee
Case Review Committee
Extent of Assistance Committee

Election contact information

Email: [email protected]

* Proposed by the CMPA Nominating Committee