Dr. Paul A. Farnan
Clinical Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
Dr. Farnan has worked in the fields of occupational medicine and addiction medicine for more than twenty-five years. As well as being a member of the Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada, he is Board certified in Addiction Medicine and Family Practice. He is a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia.
Over the years, his consulting with employers and unions has involved assisting in the development of and delivery of programs to assist employees whose work is impacted by addiction and mental health problems. He has a particular interest in the interface between workplace safety and impairment at work as a result of prescription medication use, as well as the use of alcohol or other drugs.
Dr. Farnan has assessed and provided treatment recommendations for thousands of individuals with addictive disorders, especially those involved in safety sensitive work. He has provided testimony at arbitrations and in the Supreme Court of British Columbia on topics related to substance use disorders and fitness to work. He has also been a regular presenter at conferences and workshops, both nationally and internationally, on topics related to substance use disorders, occupational medicine and disability management.