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Biography of chief scientific advisor for psychiatry, toxic drugs and concurrent disorders

Dr. Daniel Vigo will be B.C.’s chief scientific advisor for psychiatry, toxic drugs and concurrent disorders.

Vigo is a psychiatrist, psychologist and public-health specialist leading the Mental Health Systems and Services Lab at the University of British Columbia, where he is faculty at the department of psychiatry and the School of Population and Public Health. He has university degrees in clinical psychology, medicine, psychiatry and public health, as well as post-doctoral fellowships in psychiatry from Columbia University (U.S.) and the University of British Columbia.

Vigo holds multiple appointments nationally and internationally, including as the provincial medical lead for the Advanced Practice of Assertive Community Treatment in B.C., medical lead for tertiary care for Vancouver Coastal Health’s Regional Mental Health and Substance Use Program, chair of the Health Services Working Group of the WHO-World Mental Health Services Initiative, and lecturer at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as an advisor to the World Health Organization.

Through these multiple roles, he provides leadership and support for the most complex patients in the province.