Dr. William E. Reichman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Baycrest, among the world’s premier academic health care organizations focused on seniors care, aging and brain health. He is also CEO of Cogniciti, a brain health solutions company and the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, the largest solution accelerator in the seniors care industry. Dr. Reichman is Professor of Psychiatry on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a noted global authority on the delivery of mental health and dementia services in geriatric care and residential settings. His career has spanned clinical research in Alzheimer's disease drug development, academic administration, and healthcare management, with particular emphasis on delivering innovative services to meet the needs of a rapidly aging global population.
Dr. Reichman is President-Elect of the International Psychogeriatrics Association and is a former President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation. He has been a special consultant to the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice on dementia and mental health-care delivery within nursing homes and has advised the WHO and the governments of Canada and China on health policy. He served as the weekly Senior Health columnist for the Star Ledger, New Jersey’s highest circulation newspaper and has been widely interviewed and quoted by all of the major media outlets in the United States and Canada. Dr. Reichman was the inaugural Chair of the North American Seniors Quality Leap Initiative, a collaborative of prominent academic healthcare organizations across Canada and the United States seeking to improve the well-being of older adults living in long-term care settings.
Areas of Expertise (7)
Maintaining Autonomy: the Brain Fitness Movement
Strategies for Remembering
Nutrition and the Aging Brain
Mental Health and Aging
The Interactive Impact of Fitness and Brain Health
Innovations in Long-Term Care
State University of New York College at Buffalo: M.D., Medicine 1984
Trinity College: B.S., Biology, General 1979
Media Appearances (6)
Baycrest Gets $3 Million Provincial Grant For Infrastructure
The Canadian Jewish News online
William Reichman, the president and CEO of Baycrest, said that, “This important funding will allow Baycrest to ensure our infrastructure is renewed to provide added reliability, functionality and capacity to key facilities on campus, and will position Baycrest to enhance the care needs of patients and their families in our hospital.…
'This hasn't been done anywhere in Canada': Baycrest's new facility takes aim at dementia
National Post online
“Baycrest has been built into one of the largest innovation hubs in the world,” says president and CEO Dr. William Reichman. “And to be situated within an actual community that cares for older people, that’s extraordinary.”
Health minister announces dementia advisory board to help with national strategy
CTV News online
The board will be co-chaired by Dr. William E. Reichman of the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation and Pauline Tardif, the CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
President and CEO of Toronto's Baycrest & Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation appointed to federal Ministerial Advisory Board on Dementia
Baycrest and the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) are pleased to announce that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. William E. Reichman, has recently been appointed co-chair of the newly established Ministerial Advisory Board on Dementia, by the federal government.
Dr. William E. Reichman
Huffington Post Canada online
Dr. William E. Reichman, an internationally-known expert in geriatric mental health and dementia care, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Baycrest, one of the world’s premier academic health sciences centers focused on aging, seniors care and brain function. Dr. Reichman is also Professor of Psychiatry on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Toronto hackathon seeks new solutions to help dementia patients
The Globe and Mail online
"The demand for innovation to help support elder adults or seniors is growing exponentially," said Dr. William Reichman, president and chief executive officer of the Toronto geriatric health care and research centre Baycrest Health Sciences. As baby boomers enter retirement age, they're expecting their senior years to be more fulfilling and more active than previous generations did, Reichman said. "So there's going to have to be new tools, new techniques, new services, new ways of being part of the world."
Sample Talks (2)
Cognitive Health Across the Lifespan
As we age, decline is often noted in several cognitive functions including our memory. In many older individuals, dementia due to disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease or stroke, compromise our well-being. This talk will review emerging evidence on how to keep our brains healthy throughout the lifespan, activities which are commonly referred to as "Brain Fitness."
History and Experience: The Direction of Alzheimer's Disease
As the global population is projected to age substantially in coming decades, the number of individuals who will develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is expected to rise dramatically. Not surprisingly, there is growing attention to successfully identify interventions to halt or delay the clinical onset of AD. This workshop reviews research advances supporting the potential for memory and other intellectual functions to be strengthened and maintained through cognitive training and lifestyle choices.