Robert Tanguay

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry


Pain Society of Alberta

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)

M.D. (Doctor of Medicine)


Contact information


403.367.5000: Office

Preferred method of communication

Administrative Assistant: 
Jessica Wirzba

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Mental Health
  • Pain
  • Addiction
  • Opioids
  • Cannabis
  • Chronic opioid therapy
  • Opioid use disorder
  • Psychedelics

Research activities

Focus on pain, opioids, cannabis, and addictions and the interlink between pain and addictions. Current recipient of SUAP Grant with Health Canada for Indigenous Opioid Use Disorder treatment. CIHR grant applications for Opioids in cancer and CBD for migraine. Current matched cohort clinical study for opioid taper and psychiatric stabilization prior to Spinal Surgery - TOPPS clinic. 


Dr. Tanguay is a Psychiatrist who completed two fellowships, one in Addiction Medicine and one in Pain Medicine. He is a clinical assistant professor with the departments of Psychiatry and Surgery at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

He is the Medical Lead for the Alberta Addiction Education Sessions for Alberta Health Services (AHS). He is the Regional Director for Alberta and North West Territories for the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) where he sits as a board member, the President of the Pain Society of Alberta, and the co-chair of the internationally recognized Alberta Pain Strategy. He is the founder of the Opioid Deprescribing Program with AHS, the Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) Community Clinic with AHS, and the Transitional Outpatient Pain Program for Spine (TOPPS) clinic working with spinal surgeons to optimize spinal surgery outcomes. He also consults with the Carewest Operational Stress Injury Clinic treating veterans and RCMP for trauma related injuries.

Dr. Tanguay is also the lead lecturer for Addiction for the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Academically, he is involved in research in trauma, addiction, chronic pain, opioids, and cannabis and is a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education at the University of Calgary.