Dr. Paul E. Garfinkel

Affiliation

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Staff Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Committee membership

  • Governing Council
  • Nominating and Governance Committee
  • Standing Committee on Ethics

Biography

Paul Garfinkel is currently Professor, 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 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 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. 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 May 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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