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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.

Featured Publications

  • Kates N. et al  The Evolution of Collaborative Mental Health Care in Canada:  A Shared Vision for the Future   Joint position paper of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the College of Family Physicians of Canada, Published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry (56-5) and Canadian Family Physician (57 (4) May 2011
  • Chronic disease management for depression in primary care – A summary of the current literature and implications for practice   Kates N., Mach M.   CJP 2007 52(2) 77-86 
  • Kates N., et al  Framework for Advancing Improvement in Primary Care – Healthcare Papers 12 (2) 8-21 June 2012
  • Kates N., MacPherson-Doe C., George L. Integrating Mental Health Services within Primary Care Settings: The Hamilton Family Health Team  Journal of Ambulatory Care Management  34(2) April 2011 174-182
  • Kates N. How to ensure you never get asked to present at rounds again CMAJ, December 13, 2011, 183(18) 2151-52


  • Residency – McMaster University 1978-82
  • MBBS, London University , 1976

Research Areas

Quality improvement, person-centred care, redesigning systems of care and the interface with primary care.

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