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Thomas E. Ungar

Brief Personal Biography

Dr. Ungar is an award winning educator and one of Canada’s leading voices of mental health care. He is a busy clinician, Chief of Staff, and Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Mental Health Program at North York General Hospital, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. His background includes certification and clinical experience as both a family physician and psychiatrist, with subspecialty certification in psychosomatic medicine. With knowledge translation expertise and innovation and design skills, he is a passionate thought leader, and sought after adviser on national continuing education programs in mental health and models of collaborative shared care. He is the 2009 recipient of the Paul Patterson Award, a national award for educational innovation by the Canadian Psychiatric Association.

He collaborates on numerous projects including the Canadian Psychiatric Association task force on Clinical Practice Guidelines, The Anxiety Review Panel for the Ontario Guidelines for the Management of Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care, The Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Initiative, The Enhance Ontario project on inter-organizational collaboration, and The Canadian Review Panel for the World Health Organization Management of Mental Disorders in Primary Care.

He has recently co-developed a groundbreaking national online anti-stigma learning module “Combating Stigma for Physicians and other Health Professionals” for the Mood Disorder Society of Canada, Mental Health Commission of Canada, Canadian Medical Association and partners ( He is the founder and continues to develop the Mental Health Minute, a consumer friendly evidence based public education and anti-stigma multimedia social campaign consisting of brief audio and video minutes, social medical, podcasts, and consumer friendly treatment guidelines, at

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