Cathy Vakil, M.D., C.C.F.P., F.C.F.P.

Cathy Vakil
  • Assistant Professor

Faculty Bio

Key Responsibilities: Staff Physician; Clinical care and teaching within the practice; teaching during academic days and special events; practice exams for residents and medical students
Education:  Family Medicine residency – University of Ottawa, 1985-1987 Medical Degree – University of Ottawa, 1981-1985 B. Sc. – University of Ottawa, 1978-1981
Expertise: Health and environment, pessary maintenance
Research Interests: Environmental health issues-pesticides, Agent Orange, depleted uranium, nuclear energy, air pollution, climate change, lead, genetically modified food
Awards and Accomplishments: Environmental Health Award 2009, College of Family Physicians of Canada, awarded to a CFPC family physician member who has demonstrated leadership in the area of environmental health • The Nicole Bruinsma Award for Environmental Leadership 2009 presented by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) • Great Lakes Educational Scholarship (recipient for 2003-8) – This is a grant awarded by the International Joint Commission (a branch of the federal government) and the Ontario College of Family Physicians to a health professional whose mandate is to teach other health professionals about the environment
About me: I have had a family practice at the Queen's University Family Medicine Centre since 2005, and prior to this I did locum work for many years. My main interest outside my practice is environment and health. I am on the Board of Directors of Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and have served in the past on the Board of Directors of Physicians for Global Survival. I was also on the Environmental Health Committee of the Ontario College of Family Physicians for many years. I do advocacy work for these and other environmental and activist organizations whose mandate is a clean environment for a healthy population.