2018 West/Central CME

March 15-17, 2018 in Banff, Alberta

Scientific Program

The scientific program is subject to changes.


Dr. Ron Abrahams MD,FCFP

Vancouver BC
Dr. Ron Abrahams is a Family Physician in Vancouver. He is a Clinical Professor in the Dept of Family Practice at UBC and Medical Director of Perinatal Addictions at BC Women’s Hospital as well as Consultant Physician at the Sheway Program.
Dr. Abrahams is the founding Medical Director of the FIR (Families In Recovery) Rooming in program at BCWH-the first of its kind in North America. The unit has been named a “leading practice” by the Canadian Council of Health Accreditation, cited in the 2007 Kroeger Award for maintaining a high quality of care with demonstrated peer reviewed improved outcomes .
Since its inception 15 years ago, over 1500 women, their babies and families have benefited from this program,

For his work during the last 30 years he has been recognized as an invited speaker nationally and internationally for his role in developing evidenced based Harm Reduction guidelines and protocols for women with problematic substance use in pregnancy

Dr. Abrahams received the 2008 Kaiser Foundation National Award for Excellence in Leadership for Harm Reduction Programs.

He received the Meritorious Service Cross 2017. The Meritorious Service Decorations were ”created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, to enable the Governor General of Canada to recognize Canadians for their exceptional deeds and outstanding accomplishments that bring honor to the country.”


1. I do not have an affiliation (financial or otherwise) with a pharmaceutical, medical device or communications organization.

2. I do not intend to make therapeutic recommendations for medications that have not received regulatory approval (i.e. "off-label" use of medication).