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 Professor of Psychiatry on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr.
Reichman received a B.S. with honors from Trinity College in 1979 and an M.D. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine in 1984. He completed residency training in general adult psychiatry at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Neuropsychiatric Institute and fellowship training in neurobehavior at the UCLA Reed Neurological Research Institute. His academic interests have included Alzheimer’s drug development and testing, behavioral changes in dementia, and the character and quality of dementia and mental health services delivered in congregate geriatric care settings.
Dr. Reichman is a former president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation and is President-elect of the International Psychogeriatric Association. He has advised several levels of government in the United States, Canada and China on the impact of an aging society on health care demand and the mandate to support innovative approaches to service delivery.
Dr. Reichman was the founder and inaugural 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 served as the Senior Health columnist of the Star Ledger, New Jersey’s highest circulation newspaper and has been quoted by all of the major media outlets in the United States and Canada. Dr. Reichman is a recipient of a Bronze Telly award for an educational documentary film that he co-created and hosted entitled, 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.