Dr. Tony P. George, MD FRCPC
Dr. Tony George is currently Chief, Addictions Division at CAMH, and Professor and Co-Director of the Division of Brain and Therapeutics in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto (UofT). He was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale Medical School until 2006, when he came to UofT as the first Chair in Addiction Psychiatry. From 2008-2012, he was Clinical Director of the CAMH Schizophrenia Program, and from 2012-2016, he was Chief, Schizophrenia Division, and Medical Director of the Complex Mental Illness Program at CAMH. Dr. George directs a program of research focused on understanding the biological basis of addiction co-morbidity in serious mental illness, with a focus on tobacco and cannabis use in schizophrenia. His research is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). He was the inaugural holder of the Chair in Addiction Psychiatry at UofT (2006-2012).
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Dr. George grew up in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. He completed his undergraduate and medical school training at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, graduating with his M.D. degree in 1992, and then completed psychiatry residency training (1992-96) and a fellowship in Translational Neuroscience (1996-98) at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He has over 220 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and other reports, and is a Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). He is Deputy Editor of ACNP’s journal Neuropsychopharmacology, and contributed the chapter on Nicotine and Tobacco to Cecil Textbook of Medicine in the 2011 and 2015 editions. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Canadian Council on Substance Abuse (CCSA), co-editing its report on Cannabis and Youth in 2015.