Dr. David Healy ‑ 2014 Visiting Professor

Visiting Professorship in Medical Citizenship (VPMC)

March 24-28, 2014

Medical citizenship – Physicians are expected to advocate for their patients and our health care system, and yet for many physicians there are very real obstacles to fulfilling this role. Medical citizenship means every doctor should have a voice and should use it, and every doctor’s voice matters.

Dr. David Healy, the 2014 Visiting Professor in Medical Citizenship

Dr. David Healy will be the second Visiting Professor in Medical Citizenship for the week of March 24-28, 2014.

David Healy is a Professor of Psychiatry in Wales. He studied medicine in University College Dublin, and at Cambridge University. He is a former Secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology; and author of 200 peer reviewed articles, 200 other pieces and 22 books, including The Antidepressant Era, and The Creation of Psychopharmacology from Harvard University Press, The Psychopharmacologists Volumes 1-3, Let Them Eat Prozac from New York University Press, Mania from Johns Hopkins University Press & Pharmageddon.

His main areas of research are clinical trials in psychopharmacology, the history of psychopharmacology, and the impact of both trials and psychotropic drugs on our culture.
He has been involved as an expert witness in homicide and suicide trials involving psychotropic drugs, and in bringing problems with these drugs to the attention of American and British regulators, as well raising awareness of how pharmaceutical companies sell drugs by marketing diseases and co-opting academic opinion-leaders, ghost-writing their articles.

He is a co-founder of Data Based Medicine which has created RxISK.org – the only global adverse event reporting system.

He is campaigning to ensure European patient level data on adverse event in clinical trials remains accessible. To learn more about this effort, see his change.org campaign.

If you or your group is interested in organizing an event allied to the VPMC please submit a proposal to us by email at vpmc@dal.ca. Deadline is January 10, 2014.

For more information about the visiting professorship, see our Visiting Professorship in Medical Citizenship page.