A professor of psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and Director of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov is recognized internationally as a leading scholar, researcher and proponent of palliative care. Dr. Chochinov also holds a Ph.D. in Community Health Sciences. His publications addressing the psychosocial dimensions of palliation have helped define standards of end-of-life care. His work has transformed his field and improved the care and compassion provided to dying patients, in Canada and around the world. He was recently appointed by the Government to chair the External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada. He previously served seven years as a member of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). Dr. Chochinov has been a guest lecturer in most major academic institutions across the country and in the United States; he has also lectured around the globe. He holds the only Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care and is the only psychiatrist in Canada to be designated as a Soros Faculty Scholar, Project on Death in America. He is the Chair for the Canadian Virtual Hospice, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. From 1987 through 2010, he served as an itinerant, fly-in, psychiatric consultant to The Pas and understands the challenges and opportunities of living in rural northern communities. His contributions and achievements have been recognized with many awards, including the Order of Manitoba and the Order of Canada. (source: pm.gc.ca)
We wish Dr. Chochinov all the best as he takes on this new challenge and hope he will continue to advocate for Hospice Palliative Care in his new role.
– Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association