Dr. Rob Tanguay, MD, FRCPC, ISAM (c)

Topic: Chronic Opioid Treatment in Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

Rob Tanguay, MD

Psychiatrist, Addiction Specialist,

Department of Psychiatry

Clinical Lecturer, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Dr. Tanguay completed his B.Sc. at the University of Lethbridge where he was fortunate enough to be involved in research under one of the founding fathers of modern neuroscience, Dr. Bryan Kolb. There he completed his thesis on the prenatal effects of fluoxetine and graduated with honours with great distinction. He attended medical school at the University of Calgary and continued his residency there in Psychiatry along with a fellowship in Addictions Medicine. Dr. Tanguay has been actively engaged with the Alberta Psychiatric Association and is currently a board member for its Foundation. His research projects have been presented at the Society for Neuroscience, the Alberta Psychiatric Association, the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and the Canadian Society for Addictions Medicine. He is set to present at the International Society for Addictions Medicine in Montreal and the up coming CME approved Addictions Day here in Calgary. He is also a committee member for the new Prevention and Longevity conference where he is speaking on Mindfulness, something he has been practicing and teaching patients in different modalities including MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), MBCT (MB Cognitive Therapy), and MBRP (MB Relapse Prevention). He is also a DBT group therapist treating difficult personality disorders often co-morbid with chronic pain, addictions, and eating disorders. Dr. Tanguay is now currently working on his pain medicine fellowship with interests in the pharmacological and psychological understanding and treatment of chronic non-cancer pain. He is actively involved in education, teaching medical students and psychiatry residents at the University of Calgary as a primary preceptor in shared care and addictions. Most importantly he is a father, husband, brother, and son, and continues to strive to have balance in his life between his career and family.

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