President and CEO of Baycrest Health Sciences, Prof. of Psychiatry (Faculty of Medicine) at the University of Toronto.
Dr. William E. Reichman, an internationally-known expert in geriatric mental health and dementia care, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Baycrest, one of the world’s premier academic health sciences centers focused on aging, seniors care and brain function. Dr. Reichman is also a Professor of Psychiatry on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Reichman received a B.S. from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1979 and an M.D. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine in 1984. He pursued residency training in general adult psychiatry at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Neuropsychiatric Institute and completed fellowship training in neurobehavior at the UCLA Reed Neurological Research Institute.
Dr. Reichman is a former president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation and has been a consultant to the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice on the quality of dementia and mental health-care delivery within nursing homes. He served as the Senior Health columnist for the Star Ledger, New Jersey’s highest circulation newspaper and has been often interviewed and quoted by major media outlets across the United States and Canada.
Dr. Reichman served as a board member of numerous organizations including the International Psychogeriatric Association, the Association of Jewish Aging Services of North America, the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada and the New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. He also served as Chair of the Seniors Quality Leap Initiative, a collaborative of prominent eldercare organizations and their affiliated universities in the United States and Canada working together to advance the effectiveness of long-term care across the globe.
Among honors received, Dr. Reichman is named among the Best Doctors in America and Canada and has been recognized by the New Jersey Society on Aging as Gerontologist of the Year. He is a recipient of a Bronze Telly Award for an educational documentary film that he co-created and hosted, titled "Reflections of Memory Lost: Understanding Alzheimer’s disease."
Here's the sobering truth: despite close to 40 years of substantial private and public investment, society has not come up with any meaningful medication to help those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Today, some 750,000 Canadians live with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.