Soma Ganesan

Head & Medical Director, Department of Psychiatry Vancouver Acute, Vancouver Community & Tertiary Mental Health Medical Director Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions Director, Cross Cultural Program
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Vancouver General Hospital Health Center 4th Floor 715 W 12 Avenue Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9


Academic Appointment 
Clinical Professor
Disorders and Conditions 
Mental Health and Behaviour

Dr. Soma Ganesan is a Psychiatry Fellow in the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. He was born in Vietnam, where he lived through the war and left his country in 1976. He came to Vancouver as a refugee in 1981 and trained at the University of British Columbia from 1984 to 1988. He has been a practicing psychiatrist in Canada since 1988. Dr. Ganesan is the founder and Director of the Vancouver General Hospital Cross Cultural Clinic, which provides mental health services to individuals from a broad array of cultural backgrounds, including refugees from around the world. He is also a founding member of the Vancouver Association for the Survivors of Torture (VAST) – a non-profit group dedicated to serving and treating refugees and immigrants who suffer from psychological and physical injuries as a result of political violence and torture. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia and Head & Medical Director, Department of Psychiatry for Vancouver Acute & Vancouver Community Mental Health. In addition he is Medical Director for the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions. Along with serving in a variety of capacities for local, provincial, national, and international programs, Dr. Ganesan’s own research focuses on immigrant mental health, cross-cultural psychiatry, and spirituality.