SPEAKERS & PANELISTS


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Dr Richard Nahas

As a medical doctor with an interest in natural therapies, Dr Richard Nahas is a critical thinker seeking solutions that deliver results.  

Born and raised in Ottawa, Dr Nahas studied biochemistry at the University of Ottawa before attending the University of Toronto, where he obtained his medical degree in 1998.  He spent four years as an ER physician, working in remote rural outposts and academic teaching hospitals across Canada.  It was during the SARS outbreak of 2003, while treating people with the disease, that he realized the potential of treating illness by helping the body heal itself.

He then spent two years backpacking in 30 countries to study the traditional healing systems of the world. He worked with shamans, gurus, traditional doctors and healers from around the world.  With a renewed calling to medicine and healing, he returned to Ottawa and established the Seekers Centre, where he leads a multidisciplinary team with a focus on pain and the brain.

Outside his clinical practice, Dr Nahas is involved in a number of healthcare projects.    This includes developing mobile data tools to measure outcomes in people using alternative therapies, and has contributed to national guidelines, clinical trials, curriculum development, systematic reviews and knowledge translation including cannabis and the brain.  He speaks and writes about the potential for integrative medicine to improve healthcare.