William Panenka




Contact info

UBC Hospital, Detwiller Pavilion Room 1833
2255 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver BC, V6T 2A1
phone: 6048227549
fax: 6048227887

Professional Affiliations and other Positions

British Columbia Mental Health & Substance Use Services, Member
Neuropsychiatry Concussion Clinic, Medical Lead
Fraser Health Acquired Brain Injury Concussion Clinic, Neurology Consultant


Degrees / Credentials: MD, MSc, FRCPC (Neurology and Psychiatry)

Dr. Panenka is a dually certified psychiatrist and neurologist and assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at UBC. He is the research lead of the BC Provincial Neuropsychiatry program and a researcher with the BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services Institute and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. He is the medical lead at the Neuropsychiatry Concussion Clinic and Neurology consultant to the Fraser health concussion clinic. His clinical focus is on treating complex neuropsychiatric illness while his research programs centers on mental health, addictions, and traumatic brain injury in multiple populations ranging from athletes to the homeless. Neuroimaging and blood biomarkers, including advanced MRI imaging analysis such as diffusion tensor imaging, are primary techniques employed by the Panenka laboratory to inform diagnosis and prognosis in psychiatric illness.

Dr. Panenka’s laboratory has been very productive thanks to a number of excellent graduate students and fellows. The laboratory encourages career growth along any trajectory and has been successful in placing learners into academia, medicine, industry and a number of allied health disciplines. We welcome applications year round from dedicated, self-motivated, and personable candidates.


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