Rowan declines because he says he does not have time before he leaves again, and leaves without ever revealing to Robert his condition.Rowan also gets House to promise not to tell Robert either.It turns out that Chase beat out another doctor who had moved to Princeton in an attempt to get the job, Dr. In Cursed, Rowan visits the hospital claiming he is in town for a conference, but close observation of his behavior allows House to deduce that he didn’t go to conference and in reality, Rowan is dying from terminal lung cancer. James Wilson, head of Oncology at Princeton-Plainsboro.Initially, Robert is intensely frustrated with his father's presence, but offers to buy his father a drink at the end of the episode.Despite the enmity between them, Rowan never failed to come through for Robert when he needed something, even if it was only an expensive vacation.
In Love Hurts, we learn that he has been into BDSM in the past, although he says that his familiarity with the fetish scene was only because he was dating a banker who liked to be burned.
It appears he was interested in the job and asked his father to see what he could do.
House admits that he hired Chase after Rowan called him, but has never made his reasons clear. He does what he has told and, unlike Foreman and Cameron, is very unlikely to challenge House.
However, Chase had a crisis of faith (if one can call sleeping with the groundskeeper's wife a "crisis of faith") while in the seminary and realized that it wasn’t for him.
Instead, he went to medical school doing his pre-medical studies at the University of Sydney (as revealed in Season 7).
Vogler also looks to see if Cameron or Foreman will be his snitch instead.