McMaster University

McMaster University

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Announcement — Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences

Nick Kates

Nick Kates, MD FRCPC MCFP(Hon.)

December 20, 2010

From: John G. Kelton, MD Dean and Vice-President Faculty of Health Sciences

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Nick Kates as acting chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, effective January 1, 2012.

Dr. Kates has played an important role for the department in the past 14 months as the chair of task forces to identify the fiscal issues and to address the financial restructuring challenges. He and his committees have worked collaboratively with the department’s faculty and staff to establish the required fiscal rebuild. Both David Higgins, president of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, and I have enjoyed working with him through this process.

Dr. Kates is respected locally and nationally for his strong commitment to the academic mission and for his capacity to forge strategic alliances and lead productive teams. I know that under his leadership the department will continue to build on its considerable strengths to reach new heights of world-class scholarship.

He is a graduate of Charing Cross Medical School in London, England and has been with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University since completing his residency here in 1982. During that time the professor has played many roles within the department, including director of the residency program, acting chair, vice chair clinical, director of the Regional Psychiatry Program, and director of financial affairs, as well as serving as acting chief of psychiatry at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.  He also has a cross appointment in the Department of Family Medicine of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

His major academic activities are in the area of community and social psychiatry, global mental health, the relationship between mental health and primary care, quality improvement and redesigning systems of care, chronic disease management and innovative approaches to education.

He is the director of quality improvement for the Hamilton Family Health Team and a senior advisor to Health Quality Ontario. For five years he was the Ontario lead for the Quality Improvement and Innovation Partnership, which assisted primary care practices to build capacity and capability for quality improvement.

For 12 years he was director of the Hamilton HSO (now FHT) Mental Health and Nutrition Program, which won a significant achievement award from the American Psychiatric Association in 1998. Since 1997 he has been the co-chair of the Canadian Psychiatric Association / College of Family Physicians Canada collaborative working group on shared mental health care in Canada, and has played many other national and provincial roles in promoting collaboration between mental health and primary care services including chairing the Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Initiative funded through the National Primary Health Care Transition Fund from 2003 to 2007.

Dr. Kates is a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and he has been awarded honorary membership in the College of Family Physicians of Canada.  He has received several awards for his leadership and he has participated in provincial and national planning committees and initiatives for both mental health services and primary care. Dr. Kates has consulted to more than 100 Canadian and international governments, organizations and programs and he has published over 60 articles and authored two books.

He is married to Jan and has two children, Cat and Jon, and a lifetime commitment to the Arsenal Football Club.


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