Ontario Shores and Lakeridge Health: Cross-Appointment Announcement

September 13, 2021
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) and Lakeridge Health are pleased to announce the cross appointment of Dr. Kevin Chopra.

Dr. Chopra, the current Medical Director of General Psychiatry at Ontario Shores, has recently been selected as the new Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director, Mental Health and Addictions at Lakeridge Health for a five-year term.

Ontario Shores and Lakeridge Health are longstanding partners in the care of individuals living with mental health conditions and addictions. Under Dr. Chopra’s leadership, Ontario Shores and Lakeridge Health will have the opportunity to strengthen our partnership within Durham Region to advance health system integration, making access and services more seamless for those living with mental health conditions and addictions. This cross appointment will also help to advance the learnings and leading practices of both organizations to improve mental health and addictions care throughout Durham region.

Dr. Chopra has successfully implemented numerous strategies to enhance the delivery of mental health care services in Durham Region, including the development and implementation of care pathways, implementation of a stepped care model, and development of a telephone consultation model.

Prior to Ontario Shores, he served as a Psychiatrist in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Division at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, for the Department of National Defense at CFB Toronto, and at the Parkdale Community Health Centre.

Dr. Chopra received his medical degree from Dalhousie University in 2000 and his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2013. He is an Assistant Professor, Psychiatry at both Queens University and the University of Toronto, and an Associate Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Medical University of the Americas in Devens, Massachusetts.

In addition, Dr. Chopra has won numerous awards, including the Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology and the CIHR/Wyeth Fellowship Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Ontario Shores and Lakeridge Health look forward to the shared impact Dr. Chopra will have across the mental health care system in Durham Region.



About Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a leader in mental health care, providing a range of specialized assessment and treatment services for people living with complex mental illness. Patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care, built on compassion, inspiration and hope. Ontario Shores engages in research, education and advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system.

About Lakeridge Health
Lakeridge Health is Durham Region’s acute care provider, offering one of the broadest and most comprehensive ranges of acute care services in the province. With five hospitals, four Emergency Departments, and more than 20 community health care locations, Lakeridge Health offers its culturally diverse community a wide range of acute care, ambulatory care and long-term care services across multiple sites. Guided by its vision of One System. Best Health., Lakeridge Health is committed to delivering the highest standard of care and supporting patients and their families on their care journey with compassion and kindness.


For more information, please contact:

Andrea Marshall
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Director, Communications, Volunteers and CEOD
905.430.4055 ext. 6581
C. 905.439.0224
marshalla@ontarioshores.ca

Holly-Ann Campbell
Lakeridge Health
Senior Director, Strategic Communications
905.576.8711 ext. 11750
C. 905-213-8605
hocampbell@lh.ca