The Max Rady College of Medicine Class of 1972 Arnold Naimark Lecture in Medicine and Society was pleased to host:

An Evolving Understanding of Addiction in Medicine and Society

Friday, October 2 | Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Live webstream.

Presented by  Erin Knight, MD, CFPC, ISAM
Medical Director of the Addictions Unit at Health Sciences Centre
Clinical roles as an attending physician on the unit as well as an addiction consult physician

Dr. Knight also practices family medicine at the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre and addiction medicine in Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Dr. Knight is an  MD graduate of the Max Rady College of Medicine Class of 2013 and the Aboriginal Family Medicine program at the University of British Columbia. She completed a clinical fellowship in Addiction Medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC.

Perceptions of addiction have changed over time with substance use disorders and behavioural addictions being understood through a bio-psycho-socio-spiritual lens with regard to risk factors and treatment options. Dr. Knight discussed the evolution of, and current, addiction services. She presented a perspective that health-care providers can and should play a significant role in prevention, early identification and treatment of addiction. Physicians, by treating addiction as a chronic disease within the scope of health care, can reduce stigma and enhance outcomes for patients and communities.

Watch a recording of the 2020 virtual Naimark lecture in medicine and society at

This annual lecture, established by the Class of 1972, recognizes and honours Dr. Arnold Naimark’s legacy within the University of Manitoba and the College of Medicine. Dr. Naimark’s remarkable and enduring contributions include serving as Dean of Medicine from 1971-81 and University of Manitoba President and Vice- Chancellor from 1981-96.

Dr. Naimark, President Emeritus and Dean Emeritus, has led transformative change at the University of Manitoba through creating a new department of Family Medicine; and promoting health sciences research and its funding at the national and provincial levels. Today, he is the Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Medicine. In recognition of his leadership and outstanding achievements, Dr. Naimark has been honoured with many awards: Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1987); Officer of the Order of Canada (1991); Order of Manitoba (2003); Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Laureate (2013). His career has been heavily focused on the advancement of scientific research and development, health innovation, institutional transformation and advanced education.

Past Lectures



September 2019

Presented by Brian Postl, OM, MD, FRCPC
Dean, Max Rady College of Medicine;
Dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and
Vice-Provost (Health Sciences), University of Manitoba

September 2018

Presented by Jeffrey Turnbull, MD, FRCPC
Medical Director, Ottawa Inner City Health

September 2017

Presented by Wab Kinew, Author, journalist, activist, politician



September 2016

Presented by Michael B. Decter, Chair of Medavie Blue Cross and Patients Canada


Click to view:  “Sustainability of Canada’s Health Care system.

October 2015

Presented by Jonathan Cohen, deputy director of the Open Society Public Health Program


Click to view:  "Medicine & Human Rights"

September 2014

Presented by Kathleen Foley, Medical Director, International Palliative Care Initiative

Click to view:  "Physician-Assisted Suicide: My Choice or Society's?"

Inaugural Class of 1972 Arnold Naimark Lecture
September 2013

Presented by Max Rady College of Medicine alumnus Mark Greene [MD/72]

Click to view: "Targeted Treatment of Human Cancer."