Dr. Harry Karlinsky was born in Winnipeg Manitoba and obtained his M.D. from the University of Manitoba, his specialty degree in Psychiatry and Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry from the University of Toronto and his Masters in Neuroscience degree from the University of London, England. He is currently a Clinical Professor within UBC’s Department of Psychiatry and is the founding and ongoing Director of the award-winning Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Series.
An alumnus of Simon Fraser University’s the Writer’s Studio, Dr Karlinsky’s extensive publications range from peer-reviewed academic articles and co-edited textbooks to fiction and creative non-fiction. His first novel, The Evolution of Inanimate Objects was longlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize which celebrates the theme of medicine in literature.
Dr Karlinsky also has a longstanding commitment to professional and public education, and has presented nationally and internationally on topics ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to information technology to narrative medicine to PTSD and to the use of films in health care education. Honours include Baycrest Hospital's Munk Geriatric Award; a Lady Davis Visiting Professor Fellowship, Technion University, Israel; the CPA/COPCE Award for outstanding Continuing Medical Education Activity (CME) within Canada; the Lil Hewton Bursary Award to conduct archival research related to the history of psychiatry, and the inaugural UBC Faculty of Medicine Innovation in CME award.