Throughout his career, Dr. Gaind has worked in diverse areas to maximize his ability to influence change. In addition to working in a hospital setting as a psycho-oncology consultant and now chief of department, he has held numerous key leadership positions in provincial, national and international organizations. The University of Toronto has been his academic home for three decades, from undergraduate through to medical school and postgraduate studies, and he is currently co-director of the adult psychiatry & health systems division of the department of psychiatry. Dr. Gaind has also maintained a community-based psychiatric practice since graduating from residency.
While physicians have traditionally developed in one of these areas or another, Dr.Gaind has always held the view that effective leadership requires a blend of skills and insights across domains. As he says, "Just as the best patient care does not occur in silos, the best advocacy, medical training and education, and health policy development should not occur in silos - it should be thoughtful, sensitive to social needs while recognizing administrative and practical realities, leverage excellent leadership skills, and always be clinically relevant for our patients needing care."
By bridging the gap between traditional silos to influence health policies, and working strategically and collaboratively across disciplines with a range of health professionals and policy makers, Dr. Gaind has successfully influenced significant positive change in mental health policies and care for those with mental illness.
In 2014, Dr. Gaind was honoured to be elected by his peers as President-Elect of the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA), and served as President of the national association 2015 to 2016. In October 2017, Dr. Gaind was elected by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Assembly in Berlin to the Board of the WPA as the Global Zone 1 Representative.