Dr David Cassar

Dr David Cassar

Dr David Cassar


Senior Lecturer

Department Of Psychiatry
Faculty Of Medicine & Surgery
Medical School, Mater Dei Hospital
Dr David Cassar is Senior Lecturer and has been Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Malta for a good number of years.

He is a Consultant Psychiatrist within the Psychiatric Department of the National Health Services, Lead Psychiatrist for Community Services with special responsibility also for Rehabilitation, and Lead Psychiatrist for Quality Improvement.

Obtaining his MD at the University of Malta, he was subsequently a Commonwealth Scholar for three years at the Institute of Psychiatry of the University of London where he obtained his postgraduate degree in Psychiatry. He subsequently also did further post graduate training in the US in community and rehabilitation psychiatry as well as relevant areas of public health. Based at Emory University for a year, as a Hubert Humphrey Fellow on the Fullbright Scheme, he was also attached to centres of excellence in his areas of special interest. Developing his skills further in recent years, he also obtained an MSc Medical Leadership from the University of Warwick and has served as Medical Director, Mater Dei Hospital.

Special interests besides Psychiatry include Student Centred Learning, Inter-Professional Training, Medical Leadership, Professionalism, Communication Skills, Reflective Experience, Culture, Quality Improvement, Patient Safety and Student Support.

He is committed to ongoing development of student learning, student wellbeing and student support, community psychiatry and the breadth of Medical Leadership and Quality Improvement
  • HSM5120 - Application of Tools and Practices to Enhance Patient Safety and to Manage Clinical Risk in Context
  • MDS1011 - Medical Leadership - Interpersonal Communication Skills and Teamwork
  • MDS1023 - Introduction to Medical Ethics and Professionalism
  • MDS2025 - Medical Leadership - Intrapersonal Communication Skills 1
  • MDS2034 - Psychological and Social Aspects of Health Care and Ethics
  • MDS3008 - Medical Leadership - Intrapersonal Communication Skills 2 and Reflective Practice
  • MDS3104 - Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) in Medical Research
  • MDS4020 - Psychiatry
  • MDS4028 - Medical Leadership and Psychological and Social Aspects of Health Care
  • PHL5123 - Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases
  • SWB5002 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Mental Well-Being