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Joel Sadavoy

Joel Sadavoy, MD FRCP(c)
(Canada), Past President

Joel Sadavoy is professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, psychiatrist-in-chief and head of the geriatric psychiatry program at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, and inaugural chairholder of the Sam and Judy Pencer and Family Chair in Applied General Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto,. He has been active in geriatric psychiatry nationally and internationally as the founding president of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry, a member of the board of directors of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, a consultant to the Council on Aging of the American Psychiatric Association, and a member of the IPA Board of Directors. In Toronto, he was a founding member of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and was its head from 1991 to 1993. He founded the academic department of geriatric psychiatry at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and was head of that department from 1979 to 1991. he has also headed the division of general psychiatry at the University of Toronto and the NeuroGeriatric program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto

Dr. Sadavoy’s academic interests have included psychotherapeutic treatment of the elderly, personality disorders in old age and service delivery to ethnocultural elders. He maintains an active clinical practice as well as supervising residents. He has published widely in his areas of interest and has contributed to many textbooks on general and geriatric psychiatry. Most recently he has served as senior editor of the 2004 3rd edition of the Comprehensive Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry and author of Psychotropic Drugs and the Elderly. In 1999, Dr. Sadavoy chaired IPA’s Ninth International Congress in Vancouver, where he also was a recipient of a 1999 IPA Distinguished Service Award – Congress Host Country (Canada). In 2009, Dr. Sadavoy was again honored by IPA by being presented with the IPA Distinguished Service Award for Service to IPA.

Dr. Sadavoy served on the IPA Board of Directors from 1996-2009. He may be contacted at


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