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 and national medical associations. The University of Toronto has been his academic home for nearly two decades, from undergraduate through to medical school and postgraduate studies, and subsequent progession through academic appointments. Dr. Gaind has also maintained a community-based psychiatric practice.
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 and health policy development should not occur in silos - it should be thoughtful, recognize 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 that improve care for the mentally ill, and working collaboratively with a range of health professionals and policy makers, Dr. Gaind has successfully influenced significant positive changes in mental health policies for the mentally ill and mental health providers.
In 2014, Dr. Gaind was honoured to be elected by his peers as President-Elect of the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA), and assumed Presidency of the national association in October 2015.