Neil Arya is a family physician in Kitchener, Ontario and he is the president of the Canadian Physicians for Research and Education in Peace (CPREP), chair of the PEGASUS Global Health Conference. He remains assistant clinical professor in family medicine at McMaster University (part-time) and adjunct professor in Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo. He is a past vice-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize and former president of Physicians for Global Survival (PGS) and has written and lectured around the world about peace through health. He was founding director of the Global Health Office at Western University and has conducted research related to international health experiences including the impact of overseas electives on host communities and students.
Dr. Arya continues as founder director of the Kitchener/Waterloo Refugee Health Clinic in collaboration with the Kitchener Waterloo Reception House where he provides case-specific care to newcomers and those in need of specialized care and was lead physician developing the Psychiatric Outreach Project, providing mental health for those homeless or at risk in St. John’s Kitchen in Kitchener, tasks which led to him receiving the 2009 College of Family Physicians of Canada Geeta Gupta Award for Equity and Diversity.
In 2013, Dr. Arya was given a College of Family Physicians Canada (CFPC) Award of Excellence. In 2011, he received a DLitt (Honorary) from Wilfrid Laurier University and the mid-Career Award in International Health from the American Public Health Association.