Executive Hub Team

Operations Team

Dr. Wiplove Lamba

Dr. Wip Lamba, MD, FRCPC, Dip ABAM is an addiction physician at St. Michael’s Hospital and a lecturer at the University of Toronto. He completed his medical school training at the University of Ottawa, his psychiatry residency at the University of Toronto, and an addiction fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and skilled in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and the Community Reinforcement Approach. His main interest is in capacity building for addiction medicine and psychosocial interventions.

Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam

Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam, MD, FRCPC, MHPE, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto the Vice President, Education at CAMH in July 2018. He completed his medical school at the University of Manitoba and his psychiatry residency at the University of Toronto.

He is currently the co-lead for the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Ontario Mental Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental and Health and the University of Toronto, which is a provincial hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing network model building mental health and addiction capacity in rural Ontario.  He is the Director of Curriculum Renewal for the Medical Psychiatry Alliance, systems and education initiative building capacity in integrated physical and mental health care.

Dr. Sockalingam has >125 peer-reviewed publications and is a lead investigator on several peer-reviewed clinical and medical education grants. His clinical research interests are focused on C-L Psychiatry, specifically obesity and mental health. His education research is focused on training for managing complexity, alignment of quality improvement and continuing professional development, and understanding factors influencing lifelong learning in practice. He has been the recipient of several national and international education awards including the 2018 Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (ACLP) Alan Stoudemire Award for Innovation and Excellence in C-L Psychiatry Education and the Association of Chairs of Psychiatry of Canada Award for Excellence in Education.

Micheal O’Rourke

Micheal O’Rourke is a Case Manager and Addictions Counsellor for St Michael’s Hospital. Micheal has been working in Addiction and Mental Health environments since 2010. He completed his education at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland, graduating with a Masters in Health Psychology. Micheal has worked as a counsellor supporting marginalized groups for most of his career. This includes providing individual support and advocacy to create effective pathways back to employment and educational settings for his clients. In his current role, Micheal provides Intensive Case Management and Addiction Counselling to clients who are in their earliest stage of recovery.


Jean-Paul Michael

Jean-Paul Michael is employed as a peer support specialist by St Michael’s Hospital. He works on both out-patient programming as well as in-patient addiction services. This work includes roles at Star Learning, WMS, as well as St. Felix Centre. His primary role is to assist and counsel patients to change behaviours.

Samantha Szilagyi

Samantha Szilagyi is a Registered Nurse at St Michael’s Hospital in the Withdrawal Management Services (WMS) and Addictions Team in Toronto, Canada. She works between the WMS detox, the Rapid Access Addiction Medicine Clinic (RAC), co-facilitates an addiction group, and is part of the hub team for ECHO Ontario Addiction Medicine & Psychosocial Interventions. She is also currently working on a Best Practice Guideline for engaging clients who use substances to further develop the programming at the WMS. Prior to her work in addictions she worked as an RN for inpatient orthopaedics and neurology at St Michael’s Hospital. She has a BA in Psychology and Health Studies, a BScN, and is currently completing an addictions diploma through McMaster University.


Dr. Nitin Chopra

Dr. Nitin Chopra is currently a second year addiction psychiatry fellow at CAMH. He returns to Toronto after completing medical school at the International American University in St. Lucia and residency at the University of Kentucky, where he was chief resident in his final year. He has served on several administrative, educational, and leadership committees and has been recognized with multiple awards as a resident. He has presented at various conferences and has published in peer-reviewed journals.  He has received a regional travel award from the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) and is currently co-chair of the Area 9 region. He is also a recipient of the 2018 Ruth Fox Scholarship from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Upon completion of his fellowship, Dr. Chopra will be joining the Addictions Division at CAMH, as a staff psychiatrist.

Yasmeenah Elzein

Research Analyst

Sarah MacGrath

Research Analyst

Christine Mitchell

Project Coordinator

Cheryl Pereira

Research Coordinator