Neil Arya is a family physician in Kitchener Ontario and founding Director of the Global Health Office at Western University. He is former Vice-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) who won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize and of President of Physicians for Global Survival (PGS) and has written and lectured around the world about Peace through Health.
Dr. Arya continues as founder Director of the Kitchener/Waterloo Refugee Health Clinic in collaboration with the Kitchener Waterloo Reception Centre 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. 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.
In 2011 Dr. Arya received an honorary doctor of letters D. Litt from Wilfrid Laurier University on their 100th anniversary, the Advocacy Award from KW Reception Centre celebrating 25 years of refugee health work and the mid career award in international health from the American Public Health Association.