Dr. Richard Nahas

Physician, Healer and Innovator in Integrative Healthcare

Medical Practice

Dr. Nahas graduated with a medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1998. He spent four years as an Emergency Room physician, working in remote areas across Canada and academic teaching hospitals in Toronto. A passion for global health led to medical missions in the Middle East, Africa and Central America.

When the SARS outbreak of 2003 began, Dr. Nahas provided frontline care for patients hospitalized with the virus. This experience sparked an interest in learning how to help the body heal itself, leading to the next chapter of his medical career.

He spent two years backpacking in 30 countries. He studied and worked alongside healers, gurus, shamans and medical doctors. Wanting to share what he had learned, Dr. Nahas returned to Ottawa and opened The Seekers Centre. Today, he leads a multi-disciplinary team on a mission to understand the root causes of chronic pain. He continues to promote evidence-based integrative medicine.

Research and Advocacy

Dr. Nahas created an undergraduate curriculum for medical students at the University of Ottawa, published journal articles and textbook chapters, and contributed to the 2013 Canadian Diabetes Guidelines and the NIH-funded multinational TACT trial. He has been invited to speak at international conferences about how integrative medicine can improve healthcare.

About Richard

Dr. Nahas has served as Chair of the Medical Interest Group for Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the Ontario Medical Association. As an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa, he has continued to advocate for integrative medicine.

Dr. Nahas enjoys reading, playing music and riding his bicycle.