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Kates takes acting chair in Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences

Published: December 20, 2011
Nick Kates
Nick Kates, professor and acting chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences

Dr. Nick Kates will be acting chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences beginning Jan. 1.

In making the appointment, Dr. John Kelton, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences, noted that Kates had 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."

Kates 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.

The professor has held many roles within the department and as acting chief of psychiatry at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.  He also has a cross appointment in the Department of Family 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.

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.

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