Dr. Paul Garfinkel, Founding President and Former CEO CAMH

 
Guest Speaker:  Friday, March 27, 2015
Topic:  “Science and Compassion in the New Psychiatry”.
Location:  Imperial Room - Fairmont Royal York
 
Dr. Paul Garfinkel is currently Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Staff Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

He obtained his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 1969, and following an internship at the Toronto Western Hospital, did a psychiatric residency at the University of Toronto.  He then studied in the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto and later joined the staff of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry.
 
 In 1982, he was appointed Psychiatrist-in-Chief of the Toronto General Hospital. In 1990, he became Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and President and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. He was appointed founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health, in 1997 and held this position until December 2009.   At various times, he has served as Visiting Professor in England, Ireland, Italy and the United States.
 
Dr Garfinkel serves as faculty for the Health Innovation Program of the Ivey School of Business, Western University, the Discipline Committee for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and on Governing Council for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and he chairs the latter’s Ethics Committee. Prior to this he was on the Board of Directors and Chair of Desjardins Credit Union.
Dr. Garfinkel is a researcher, clinician and administrator. He is the author and editor of 9 books on eating disorders, as well as contributing numerous articles to the professional literature (over 150 peer reviewed articles and 80 book chapters) and lecturing widely. His book A Life in Psychiatry: Looking Out, Looking In was published in October 2014.
Other contributions include a leading role in the advocacy of support for psychiatric science, professional education, and public education, fighting the stigma to mental illness and addiction and mentorship of younger scientists in psychiatric research. 
 
Dr. Garfinkel has received many honours for his work. In 1996, he was elected to Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada.  In 2000, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Eating Disorders.  He received the Pacesetter Award from the Schizophrenia Society of Canada in 2004 and a Public Service Award from the Canadian Mental Health Association in 2009. The City of Toronto named a park, “the Paul Garfinkel Park” in recognition of his service to the City, in 2009. He became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2009.
 
 
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