Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham

Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham

Regional Head of Psychiatry and Regional Program Medical Director at Vancouver Coastal Heatlh and Providence Health Care

Lakshmi N. Yatham is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia was the Associate Head for Research and International Affairs from 2007 to 2011. He has an executive MBA in health care from the Sauder School of Business. Dr. Yatham has held leadership positions for national and international professional organizations including being the president of international society for bipolar disorders, and he is currently the secretary for the World Federation of Societies for Biological Psychiatry.

Dr. Yatham has received a number of awards during his career including the Michael Smith Foundation Senior Scholar Award and NARSAD Young and Independent Investigator Awards for his research, the prestigious Mogen Schou Award for international education and advocacy on bipolar disorder from the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology Medal for his contributions to psychopharmacology and John M Cleghorn Award for excellence in research and leadership from the Canadian Psychiatric Association. Dr. Yatham’s work has been funded by a number of peer-reviewed funding agencies and he leads a Canadian consortium on bipolar disorder, which is currently pursuing testing of new treatments for bipolar disorder using pragmatic and controlled trials. He has been a chair, reviewer and a committee member of peer reviewed funding agencies.

Dr. Yatham is the lead author for CANMAT guidelines for bipolar disorder which are widely used around the world. He is Chair of the bipolar group of the CANMAT, and is actively involved at a national and international level in continuing medical education and public education on diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder. He sits on the editorial boards of a number of journals and has published over 220 papers in peer-reviewed international journals.