Nick Kates is a Professor and Department Chair, with a cross appointment in the Department of Family Medicine and also works with the Hamilton FHT. For 4 years he was the Ontario lead for quality improvement in primary care through QIIP. Other roles have included Director of ERMHS, McMaster Psychiatry Residency Program Director, Director of the Hamilton Region Psychiatry Program and Director of the Hamilton HSO (now FHT) Mental Health and Nutrition Program. Since 1997 he has been the co-chair of the CPA / CFPC Collaborative working group on shared mental health care in Canada
He has participated in many provincial and national planning initiatives for mental health and primary care and has consulted to over 100 Canadian and International governments, organizations and programs. He has published over 60 articles and authored 2 books.
He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the American Psychiatric Association and an honorary member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. In 2000 he received the Canadian Psychiatric Association Paul Patterson Award for Leadership in Education; in 2001 the CPA C.A. Roberts Award for Leadership in Clinical Services and in 2005 the CPA / Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology Alex Leighton Award for Psychiatric Epidemiology.